Germany was divided by the Iron Curtain between the communist and the democratic world for decades. Here's a look at the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and made reunification possible.
A tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall has opened to the public for the first time amid celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall. The tunnel was built to help East Germans escape to the West.
The Cold War, a global power struggle between dictatorship and democracy, ended in Berlin on November 9, 1989. The course of history, however, was set in motion by decisive events outside the country long before that.
Celebrations are in full swing as Germany marks 30 years since the Berlin Wall fell. "We want to ensure that no wall will separate people ever again," Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Germany was divided between 1945 and 1990. Exactly 70 years after the foundation of East Germany, and 30 years after the peaceful revolution that spelled its demise, that division remains palpable.
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