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November 8th, 1989

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12.11.2019

Around eight o’clock on November 8th, 1989, I stepped into a taxi at the Gare de Lyon in Paris carrying the first copies of a book I had written that included a plan for the reunification of Europe. I gave the driver my address, annoyed that he had the radio on. Suddenly, I heard the newscaster saying that the Berlin Wall had fallen! Before climbing up to my fifth floor flat, I bought a bottle of champagne at the corner store, and rang the bell of the French-German couple who were my neighbors. They were convinced that Germany was not about to become whole again. Exactly as I predicted, it would occurred less than a year later, on October 3, 1990.

The wall separating East from West Berlin symbolized the division of Europe that had existed since the end of World War II, when the Soviet Army liberated Berlin, after meeting American forces on the Elbe, and Germany was divided into four occupation zones, Russian, British, French and American. In the months following its fall, French President Francois Mitterand attempted in vain to delay the reunification of Germany, with which France had fought three wars in just over a century. During the years since, bolstered by Germany’s leading economy, one by one the countries of Eastern Europe have been integrated into what became the European Union in 1993.

It is shocking that France 24’s coverage of this historical event is asserting........

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