1989: The Wall Comes Down

The revolutions of 1989 launched Eastern Europe on the road to democracy and integration, ending decades of communist rule. For some, the transition has been relatively smooth, while others endured instability and violent conflict. Looking back brings celebration and sober reflection on the lessons learned.

Features

Fall of the Berlin Wall had little impact in Serbia

15/12/2009

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Twenty years ago, Serbian citizens didn't have much reason to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Berlin Wall's last domino

09/12/2009

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Memories of considerable economic development and freedom to travel make many Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens nostalgic for the Yugoslav brand of socialism.
Few Albanians hanker for communism

30/11/2009

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Even by totalitarian standards, Enver Hoxha's Albania was extreme. Despite a rocky transition, most in the country are still thankful for change.
Romanian revolution questions remain

24/11/2009

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Two decades have passed since the overthrow of communism, but specific events remain subject to scrutiny, even now.
20 years later: how the Berlin Wall collapse influenced Kosovo

23/11/2009

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Former Parliament Deputy Speaker Ilaz Ramajli recalls the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Croatia: 20 years after the Berlin Wall

19/11/2009

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As Europe celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Croatia's view of the last two decades is somber.

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