The Fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War?
The fall of the Berlin Wall constitutes an unprecedented event in History, with tremendous geopolitical consequences. A formidable movement of liberation, which paved the way to Germany’s reunification, the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the dissolution of the Soviet Union itself in 1991. The end of the Soviet empire marked the beginning of a new era. But the optimism in the West proved short-lived. A look back at that extraordinary day and how it helps us better understand today’s geopolitics.
In the series:
Jan. 19: Charles de Gaulle said “non” to the UK joining the European Community. January 1963. Did he foresee Brexit?
Jan. 26: “Vive le Québec Libre”; de Gaulle in Quebec, July 24, 1967
Feb. 2: The fall of Saigon – The end of the Vietnam War, April 30, 1975
Feb. 9: Tiananmen Square massacre, June 3-4, 1989
Feb. 16: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War? November 9, 1989