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@shifrinson  writes that it was U.S. policymakers’ restraint after the fall of the Berlin Wall that enabled the United States to capitalize on the weakness of communist authorities in a remarkable strategic coup: peaceful German reunification within NATO.

"We're bringing the budget back into surplus for the first time in 12 years," says @JoshFrydenberg  "The last time the Labor Party delivered a budget surplus the Berlin Wall was still standing." #auspol  #SC167 

How the Berlin Wall lay for decades in a Sydney warehouse waiting to be discovered

Thirty years ago this month, the opening of the Berlin Wall ushered in the last great diplomatic struggle of the Cold War. @shifrinson  considers how U.S. policymakers’ decisions enabled German reunification without provoking war with Moscow:

Why, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, did the events in Europe end with a whimper and not a bang?

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ambassador Haber@AmbWittig ) participated in a lively conversation on the longing for freedom in Europe. Listen to her speak with representatives of the Baltic states.

"Walls don't work." A German NGO sent a very heavy letter to the US... hand-written on an actual segment of the former Berlin Wall.

“How would you break in to the most heavily guarded country on earth?” The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel right under the feet of Berlin Wall border guards to help friends, family and strangers escape. Listen now on @BBCSounds  👉

beyondbrics: Thirty years after the Berlin Wall, the region to watch is eastern Europe and the Caucasus

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall, the region to watch is eastern Europe and the Caucasus

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Gonna tell my kids this is how they broke down the Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, the world watched as the people of Berlin tore down the wall that had separated families, friends & a city for more than a generation. Today, we honor 30 years since their triumph & call on world leaders to take heed of their example. #BerlinWall30 

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, we must remember that the strength we possess in unity is infinitely more powerful than any differences that divide us. #BerlinWall30 

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These Berliners sent Trump a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall in protest of his own proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border

These Berliners sent Trump a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall in protest of his own proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border

Far and away, almost all of Ronald Reagan's references to a border wall were about tearing down the Berlin Wall. Could find no speech where he mentioned building a US border wall.

With Monday's massacre, Israel has now killed more than 90 Palestinians in the past six weeks for approaching the fence it placed around Gaza, surpassing the total number of East Germans shot and killed for trying to scale the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989

27 years ago today the whole world celebrated the falling of the Berlin Wall, 1989.

Tonight #Berlin  is divided again… ...by balloons lighting up route of the former #Wall  via @schmidtsdorf  #Lichtgrenze 

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