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Pope Francis in Berlin homage: 'We need bridges, not walls!'

The pope has praised one of his predecessors, John Paul II, for his role in the fall of the Berlin Wall – and appealed for the construction of

The pope has praised one of his predecessors, John Paul II, for his role in the fall of the Berlin Wall – and appealed for the construction of

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel recalls the fall of the Berlin Wall

If it were not for events 25 years ago, Angela Merkel’s political ambitions would never have been realised. Then she was a 35-year-old scientist in

If it were not for events 25 years ago, Angela Merkel’s political ambitions would never have been realised. Then she was a 35-year-old scientist in

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Berlin Wall's happy downfall was barely believable

The Bornholmer Strasse border barrier was raised at twenty past nine pm on the 9th of November. To know how the Berlin Wall began to crumple, we have

The Bornholmer Strasse border barrier was raised at twenty past nine pm on the 9th of November. To know how the Berlin Wall began to crumple, we have

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Berlin Wall burst like a dam for journalists

In the last five days of a divided Berlin, upwards of half a million demonstrators gathered on the eastern side demanding more and faster reforms

In the last five days of a divided Berlin, upwards of half a million demonstrators gathered on the eastern side demanding more and faster reforms

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How the fall of the Berlin Wall was seen in Russia

“Mr Gorbachev, open this gate…” This famous invitation from US President Ronald Reagan was extended beside the Berlin Wall in June 1987, appealing

“Mr Gorbachev, open this gate…” This famous invitation from US President Ronald Reagan was extended beside the Berlin Wall in June 1987, appealing

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The fall of the Berlin Wall

At 21h20 the barrier rose at the frontier post on Bornholmer strasse. The Berlin Wall was open. The decision to throw open the border was announced

At 21h20 the barrier rose at the frontier post on Bornholmer strasse. The Berlin Wall was open. The decision to throw open the border was announced

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Building the Berlin Wall

On Sunday August 13 1961, the inhabitants of Berlin woke up to find the city alive with construction workers. Some 40,000 soldiers and East German

On Sunday August 13 1961, the inhabitants of Berlin woke up to find the city alive with construction workers. Some 40,000 soldiers and East German

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John Kerry visits Berlin ahead of Wall anniversary

He lived in Berlin as a boy for a time before the Wall was built. Now as the city prepares to mark 25 years since the Cold War’s most potent symbol

He lived in Berlin as a boy for a time before the Wall was built. Now as the city prepares to mark 25 years since the Cold War’s most potent symbol

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Germany: Leipzig recalls historic 1989 protest

Tens of thousands of Germans have taken to the streets of Leipzig to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a demonstration that set the ball rolling for

Tens of thousands of Germans have taken to the streets of Leipzig to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a demonstration that set the ball rolling for

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Merkel evokes reunification spirit to face present day problems

Germany has celebrated it’s 24th unity anniversary on Friday. Chancellor Angela Merkel evoked the reunification spirit which brought down the Berlin

Germany has celebrated it’s 24th unity anniversary on Friday. Chancellor Angela Merkel evoked the reunification spirit which brought down the Berlin

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The best of Berlin's graffiti

The German capital is a magnet for street artists. They were drawn to the city when it was divided and the Western side of the Berlin Wall became a

The German capital is a magnet for street artists. They were drawn to the city when it was divided and the Western side of the Berlin Wall became a

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German comedy Russendisko on 1990s Berlin

Three young Russian friends – Vladimir, Andrej and Mischa – move to Berlin just after the fall of the wall. Based on a best-selling German book

Three young Russian friends – Vladimir, Andrej and Mischa – move to Berlin just after the fall of the wall. Based on a best-selling German book

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Germany: Fall of Berlin Wall marked

The 22nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has been celebrated in Berlin. Mayor Klaus Wowereit thanked former East German civil rights

The 22nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has been celebrated in Berlin. Mayor Klaus Wowereit thanked former East German civil rights

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Back in the Day: the wind of change blows down the Berlin Wall

November 9, 1989. Berliners begin to cross the Berlin Wall freely, 28 years, two months and 28 days after construction began and passage from East to

November 9, 1989. Berliners begin to cross the Berlin Wall freely, 28 years, two months and 28 days after construction began and passage from East to

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Eastern European writers assess EU integration

Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, European authors are still trying to make sense of the impact. China may have been the guest of

Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, European authors are still trying to make sense of the impact. China may have been the guest of

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Berlin - The Alexanderplatz protests

The universal clock on the popular Alexanderplatz was already ticking on the 4th of November in 1989. Now it displays a time when east Berliners

The universal clock on the popular Alexanderplatz was already ticking on the 4th of November in 1989. Now it displays a time when east Berliners

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The fall of the Berlin Wall

At 21h20 the barrier rose at the frontier post on Bornholmer strasse. The Berlin Wall was open. The decision to throw open the border was

At 21h20 the barrier rose at the frontier post on Bornholmer strasse. The Berlin Wall was open. The decision to throw open the border was

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Leipzig celebrates being the first brick to fall

Leipzig, 20 years after the fall of the wall. The former East Germany’s second city was at the heart of the popular movement that brought the curtain

Leipzig, 20 years after the fall of the wall. The former East Germany’s second city was at the heart of the popular movement that brought the curtain

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Bush, Gorbachev and Kohl honoured in Berlin

The three leaders of the Soviet Union, the United States and West Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, have been honoured in the

The three leaders of the Soviet Union, the United States and West Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, have been honoured in the

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Berlin, Germany

The former leaders of the United States, the Soviet Union and West Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, have come together to

The former leaders of the United States, the Soviet Union and West Germany, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, have come together to

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Leipzig remembers its proudest moment

The first of the falling dominos in the former East Germany that led to the collapse of the Berlin wall was in Leipzig, 20 years ago. Last night

The first of the falling dominos in the former East Germany that led to the collapse of the Berlin wall was in Leipzig, 20 years ago. Last night

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Leipzig's peaceful revolution - 20 years on

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Leipzig peaceful revolution. Chanting “we are the people” more than 70,000 East Germans marched through

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Leipzig peaceful revolution. Chanting “we are the people” more than 70,000 East Germans marched through

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Exhibitions: Berlin Wall/Fado

This autumn sees the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the end of an era of division and isolation in Europe. To mark the

This autumn sees the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the end of an era of division and isolation in Europe. To mark the