Berlin Wall Ronald ReaganMay 7, 2017 – 10:56 am

Berlin Wall Ronald Reagan

It is certainly true that the Reagan presidency helped usher along the opening of the inner German frontier and later the demise of the Soviet Union. After all, his changes to U.S. foreign policy toward Moscow challenged, among other things, the status quo that assumed the Berlin Wall s existence as inevitable. And Reagan reasserted the idea that simple coexistence with the totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe was neither desirable nor acceptable…

Tearing down of Berlin WallMay 1, 2017 – 10:24 am

Tearing down of Berlin Wall

Pedestrians pass by the installation Lichtgrenze (Border of Light) along a former Berlin Wall location on the banks of the river Spree opposite the Reichstag in Berlin (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch) Today’s Berlin is full of distressing monuments to the human resilience and sacrifice experienced before the fall of the Wall. Twenty-five years on, RT takes a look at past and present divides – both real and imagined – and where they may take us next…

Reason for Berlin WallApril 19, 2017 – 10:02 am

Reason for Berlin Wall

As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, let s enjoy a little trip in the Reason wayback machine: These photos come courtesy of Lou Villadsen, wife of Reason founder (and current Reason Foundation director of transportation policy) Bob Poole, who recounts the events that led up to Reasoners taking mallet and chisel to the newly vulnerable Berlin Wall: When the Wall came down, we were already planning our first trip…

Berlin Wall demolishedMarch 26, 2017 – 08:16 am

Berlin Wall demolished

Police keep watch as workers remove a piece of the former Berlin Wall, now known as East Side Gallery, in Berlin March 1, 2013. (Reuters / Thomas Peter) Hundreds of protesters have forced construction crews to halt the demolition of the legendary Berlin Wall in Germany s capital. Twenty meters of historic wall are being torn down to make way for a luxury apartment complex nearby. Some of Berlin s most famous wall paintings, such as Brezhnev and Honecker…

Fall of Berlin Wall SummaryMarch 20, 2017 – 07:50 am

Fall of Berlin Wall Summary

Berliners sing and dance on top of The Berlin Wall to celebrate the opening of East-West German borders, Nov. 10, 1989. This article was originally published in U.S. News & World Report on Nov. 13, 2008. Big walls are back in the news. There s now one separating Israel from the Palestinian West Bank, justified as a way of excluding suicide bombers and terrorists from the Jewish state s threatened cities. There s another being built to keep…

When did the Berlin Wall fallMarch 13, 2017 – 09:31 pm

When did the Berlin Wall fall

The Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain seemed to be permanent fixtures of the political landscape of Europe after 1961. But to everyone’s surprise, the Berlin Wall opened on November 9, 1989. This stunning event triggered a chain reaction throughout Eastern Europe, accelerating a process that had begun a decade earlier. Using a little poetic license, one could claim that what took ten years in Poland took ten months in Hungary, ten weeks in East Germany…

When was the fall of Berlin WallFebruary 20, 2017 – 08:19 pm

When was the fall of Berlin Wall

On Sunday, Germans commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which ended a years-long divide between East and West Germany on Sunday. “It showed that we have the power to shape our destiny and make things better, ” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a speech at the Berlin Wall memorial site. “That is the message of the fall of the Wall.” Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, said this message also applies to countries…

Berlin Wall storiesFebruary 17, 2017 – 08:18 pm

Berlin Wall stories

From the Aug. 31, 1962, issue of TIME For a structure that stood only about 12 ft. high, the Berlin Wall left quite a mark on modern history. Throughout the 28 years during which it endured, TIME followed the wall’s surprise construction, those who died attempting to get across, and finally its fall and aftermath. The Berlin Wall went up quickly and with no warning on Aug. 13, 1961. Though it was at that point less a wall than a fence, it startled…

Berlin Wall torn downFebruary 11, 2017 – 07:46 pm

Berlin Wall torn down

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a sharply critical op-ed piece for the Russian Web site Pravda, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a brutal, freedom-hating tyrant” and challenged Mr. Putin to tear down the Berlin Wall. “The Wall stands as a symbol of your failed, repressive system, ” Sen. McCain said. “Until you tear it down, the world will see you and your Soviet goons for what you are: relics destined for the…

Pictures of Berlin WallFebruary 5, 2017 – 07:24 pm

Pictures of Berlin Wall

Two weeks after the East German government sealed off the Soviet-occupied sector, Berlin s former chief crossing point between East and West, the Brandenburg Gate on Pariser Platz,appears as no man s land, in this aerial view taken from the British sector of Berlin, on August 26, 1961. Seen in the foreground is part of the city s park Tiergarten,divided by the avenue Strasse des 17. Juni,behind Brandenburg Gate proceeds the famous boulevard Unter…