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In the shadow of the Berlin Wall: 30 years on, is its presence still felt?

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For 28 years, the city of Berlin was divided by a wall which separated Communist East Germany from the West. But in 1989, a rapid chain of events in other former Soviet countries saw the “Iron Curtain” beginning to buckle and then in November the same year - within a matter of just five days - the Berlin Wall crumbled, making for one of the most symbolic scenes in modern history.

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The fall of the Berlin Wall was the climax of what had been a turbulent year. It marked the beginning of a new world order and just a month after it came down, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George HW Bush sat side by side in Malta and released a statement saying that the Cold War between the two powers was coming to an end.

In the months, and even years, that followed, new countries were born and Germany reunified.

In today's edition of the FRANCE 24 Debate we examine what led to those events exactly thirty years ago. We also take a look at what the immediate and longer-term consequences were, and to what extent we still live in the shadow of the Berlin Wall today.

Produced  by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Ingri Bergo.

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