Germany celebrates 30 years of the fall of Berlin Wall

Arriving at the main commemoration being held at Bernauer Strasse in the north of the city, Chancellor Merkel stuck a rose into a part of the wall that divided the city for 28 years still stands

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Europe to defend democracy and freedom during the country’s celebration of 30 years since the fall of Berlin wall.

Angela Merkel, speaking at Berlin wall memorial, noted that european values must not be taken for granted.

She said the barrier that divided communist East from democratic West was ‘history’.

“The values that Europe is based on freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, human rights these are not to be taken for granted,” Merkel said.

“We always have to defend them.”In the future Europe will continue to be fighting for human rights, tolerance and democracy.” she added. “This is a time of global changes, so this is a pressing issue.”

The fall of the Berlin wall was a pivotal moment in the life of the Germans as the the fall marked an end to Communism in eastern Europe and reunification of the people.

On November 9 in 1989, an announcement by the Communist German Democratic Republic (GDR) that travel restrictions would be lifted for east Germans led to the fall of the wall as hundreds of thousands tore the wall in order to cross through.

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