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The 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall - Reflections and Warnings

November 9, 2019, marks 30-years since the tumbling of the Berlin Wall. That wall, which stood for too long as a demarcation between western ideology - mostly propelled by the United States (US), and communism propagated by the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), served as a divider of people, especially Germans, since 1961.

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR ushered in a new era of freedoms and integration across Europe, thus the beginnings of modern Europe, which has flourished in the recent decades since the collapse of the wall with a united Germany and the establishment of the European Union (EU).

Yet, 30-years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, reflections of the good significance of the collapse of that object of divide, are being lost to the warnings and realities of a surging far right across Europe and a non-commitment from the present US administration toward the traditional alliance and security of Europe.

Modern Europe must not lose the significance of the fall of the Berlin Wall and its ramifications to German unity and greater European integration.

The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall should mark a new beginning to the peace, the security and the integration of modern Europe along with a much needed update of the system - NATO, designed to bolster the region's well being.