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President marks a quarter century since fall of the Berlin Wall: ‘let us tear down the walls that separate us’

“The Berlin Wall was brought down not by the force of bulldozers and armies; it was torn down by the power of ideas,” said Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), speaking on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (9 November 2014).

“While celebrating the fall of the Wall, we pay homage to all intellectuals, dissidents, artists and civic activists who nurtured these ideas, sometimes at the cost of their own lives and freedom,” Mrs Brasseur said.

“The collapse of the Berlin Wall was decisive for the reunification of Germany, but it has also become a very strong symbol of European unity. Civil societies throughout Europe – in East and West alike – reclaimed a continent united by the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

“But the fall of the Berlin Wall did not mark the end of history. The more time that passes, the more we realise that this community of values requires an everyday commitment – every day we need to tear down the walls that separate us, the walls that are built in our heads.”