The Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies

CRCE Briefing Paper

Fall of the Berlin Wall

by Geza Jeszensky and Krassen Stanchev

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First published in May 2010

© Geza Jeszensky, Krassen Stanchev & Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

In the last weeks there were numerous commemorations and conferences celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, the symbol of the division of Europe, and a very real piece of the Iron Curtain. The most publicized events took place in Berlin, understandably. The United States, too, remembered 1989, but with a serious omission: without mentioning the pivotal role of Hungary. E.g.:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to unveil democracy agenda at Atlantic Council awards ceremony Freedom's Challenge dinner in Berlin will commemorate fall of the Wall, honour Walesa and Havel.

Washington, D.C. - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver a major foreign policy address on the administration's new agenda for freedom and democracy promotion at the Freedom's Challenge dinner and awards ceremony in Berlin on November 8.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Atlantic Council will present Freedom Awards to former Presidents Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel, honouring their struggles for democracy in Poland and the former Czechoslovakia. Freedom Awards will also be accepted by Secretary Clinton on behalf of the American people, Supreme Allied Commander Europe Admiral James Stavridis on behalf of NATO troops, Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle on behalf of the German people and Mayor Klaus Wowereit on behalf of the citizens of Berlin.

The Council honoured former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former German
Chancellor Helmut Kohl with its Distinguished International Leadership Award in April for their historic roles twenty years ago.

Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, said, "Presidents Walesa and Havel sparked a wave of democratic revolutions across Eastern Europe. Today, the United States and its allies must continue to stand up for democracy and freedom through constructive leadership and cooperation; the Atlantic Council Freedom Awards proudly honour those who helped make the fall of the Berlin Wall a reality."


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