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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung USA

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.)


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“Zeitenwende” – Germany, Europe and the United States

30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall


Thursday, October 10, 2019

6.30 pm

Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for a F.A.Z.–KAS Debate at the Newseum to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


The debate will feature an esteemed panel of German and U.S. experts and era witnesses, including Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, former President of the German Bundestag and Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

You are invited to a reception following the discussion.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Newseum before it closes its doors. There you will find the largest segment of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany and explore other Newseum exhibits.

The Berlin Wall was the physical manifestation of the “Iron Curtain” dividing East from West. After its fall, the Cold War's geopolitical order crumbled and worldwide power players and alliances shifted.

After the Second World War, Berlin was a divided city. In the years after the war there was a steady flow of refugees heading West. The leadership of the Soviet Union eyed the growing outflow of East Germans with increasing unease and on August 13, 1961 construction of the 96-mile long Berlin Wall was begun. The East German government established a “Death Strip” along the border, giving guards strict orders to shoot anybody trying to flee to the West.

At the closing of the 1980s, the Cold War tensions were easing under the leadership of Reagan and Gorbachev and tens of thousands of people in Eastern bloc countries were protesting for political change and freedom. Under pressure, the East German communist party announced on November 9, 1989 that East German citizens would be allowed to travel to the West. After this stunning announcement, citizens from both sides of the city flooded the checkpoints and around midnight the gates opened. This night would later be described as “the greatest street party in the history of the world”. The Berlin Wall was soon gone and the path was cleared for Germany’s reunification on October 3, 1990.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, political winds are shifting in Europe and the United States. Liberal democracy is under threat, rightwing ideologies are on the rise on both continents and long standing alliances are under pressure. Our esteemed experts will take a look at today’s transatlantic ties and examine the consequences of the history-making events of 1989. The panelists will discuss the events of November 1989 and the political consequences to this day. We invite you to join the debate on today’s challenges faced by our countries on both sides of the Atlantic in light of the events in Berlin thirty years ago.



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NOTE: Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. This event is open to the press. Members of the media please RSVP at USAfazkas@kas.de.

DRESS CODE: Business attire

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political organization with close ties to the Christian Democratic Union party of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Through our offices worldwide we conduct programs in more than 100 countries. Since its establishment in 1978, the Washington office of KAS has brought leaders together to exchange ideas, build relationships, and strengthen the transatlantic dialogue.



The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) ranges among the most eminent newspapers in Germany and worldwide. It is known and trusted for political, economic and societal relevance as well as a commitment to journalistic excellence. Every single day, more than 300 editors provide first-class journalism across Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s print and digital properties. The multi-award-winning editorial staff draws on the strength of an in-house network of international correspondents that is among the world’s largest of its kind.


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