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Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Victory for Europe

Two decades after the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Europe and the world have gained enormously from democratic and economic integration

On Nov. 9, 2009, Germany will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event epitomized the collapse of the Iron Curtain and provided the final impulse for the end of communist rule by the Soviet Union. Everyone in Europe has been affected by it and has reason to celebrate. Almost forgotten by some, it is one of the events that has most shaped our contemporary history, identity, and future options.

Across the world, the fall of the Berlin Wall has become as strong a symbol as can be found for democracy and the voice of the people. The integration of countries under democracy has proved itself, once and for all, as the system that lasts and that benefits citizens, vs. the oppressive union of states under totalitarianism.