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Sparkling wine, giant party as Germany marks Wall fall

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Germans mark the 30th year since the fall of the Berlin Wall with party, wine, and murals to remember their once-divided country

THE WALL. The mural painting "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" by Russian painter Dmitri Vrubel, depicting the kiss between then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker is projected on a stretch of the Berlin wall. Photo by Jogn Macdougall/AFP

On Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend freedom

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'That applies to us all in East and West: we stand stripped of any excuses and are required to do our part for freedom and democracy,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BERLIN WALL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and official guests place flowers at the Wall Memorial during the central commemoration ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 2019 at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

[OPINION] Before the fall: Remembering the casualties of the Berlin Wall

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I am reminded of new barriers rising around the world

BERLIN WALL. Scenes and sights of the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall. Photos by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

Pompeo warns against China, Russia on eve of Berlin Wall anniversary

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'Western, free nations have a responsibility to deter threats to our people' from governments like China, Russia, and Iran, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WARNING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a joint press conference with his German counterpart in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 7, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

November 9, 1989: A day that changed the world

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Thirty years after the fact, a debate rages on: Was the sudden demise of the Berlin Wall, a prelude to that of the entire communist bloc, an accident of history, a slip of the tongue?

STUDYING THE WALL. In this file photo taken on April 21, 2009 schoolchildren visit a preserved segment of the 700m wall that cut the hamlet of Moedlareuth in two from 1966 to 1989. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Race to remember Berlin Wall victims, 30 years on

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Around 500 runners start running Saturday, August 17, for the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race meant to commemorate those who died trying to cross the wall during the Cold War

BERLIN WALL RACE. Participants of the so-called Friendship-Run run past a remaining section of the Berlin Wall on the eve of the 8th edition of the Berlin Wall Race on August 16, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

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Dec 01, 2015 - 8:42 PM

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Philippines: China to build ‘Berlin Wall of the Sea’

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario tells a UN backed tribunal: ’What is ours is ours not China’s’

‘GIANT SLAYER.’ The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, argues before an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo courtesy of PCA

PH gets piece of Berlin Wall for EDSA ‘inspiration’

Dec 03, 2014 - 6:16 PM

EDSA People Power was an inspiration to Prague’s Velvet Revolution which in turn was an inspiration to the Fall of the Berlin Wall

PIECE OF BERLIN WALL. Germany gives the Philippines piece 22 in a series of 40 sections that used to be located in Potsdamer Platz. Photo from Department of Foreign Affairs

Fall of Berlin Wall spurs creative industries

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:45 AM

Berlin developed itself to a melting pot for the creative industries for people around the world a Chamber of Industry and Commerce coordinator says

25 YEARS AGO. A file photo dated November 10, 1989, shows people celebrating the opening of the border between East and West Germany on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. File photo by stringer/file/EPA

Defining and dividing a world of rich and poor

Nov 16, 2014 - 11:59 AM

'Whether once separated by physical walls or split by existing political ones, today's leaders... should also think about how much has been and can be accomplished when barriers come down, and engagement flourishes.'

Curtis S. Chin

Thousands of balloons rise to sky to fete Berlin Wall fall

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:43 AM

Chancellor Merkel: We can change things for the better – that is the message of the fall of the Berlin Wall

CELEBRATION. People attend a street party organized by the German government to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 9, 2014 in Berlin. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Germans, foreigners fete Berlin Wall's fall 25 years on

Nov 08, 2014 - 9:55 PM

People stream between key points of the Wall s former path where information boards recount the monumental events of November 9 1989

FALL OF THE WALL. A Belgian tourist takes photographs of the balloons that trace the course of the former Berlin Wall at the famous former 'Checkpoint Charlie' crossing in Berlin, Germany, 08 November 2014. Paul Zinken/EPA

Celebrations mark 25 years since Berlin Wall's fall

Nov 08, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Germany has kicked off celebrations marking 25 years since the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 1989

LIGHT INSTALLATION. A general view of the light installation Lichtgrenze (Light border) on the course of the former Berlin wall near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on November 7, 2014. Odd Andersen/AFP

Gorbachev allies feel betrayed by West, 25 years on

Nov 07, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Former top Soviet officials now say 25 years on they feel stabbed in the back by the West

EUPHORIA. A file photo dated 10 November 1989 shows people celebrating the opening of the border between East and West Germany on the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Stringer/EPA

Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to 'defend Putin'

Nov 06, 2014 - 8:51 PM

The former Soviet leader says Washington did Moscow wrong and Putin was the best man for the job of protecting the country s interests

GORBACHEV. A man helps former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (front R) to put on a coat prior to a military parade marking the 69th anniversary of the victory over the Nazi Germany in the WWII in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia 09 May 2014. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

25 years on, Germany's east-west divide still palpable

Nov 06, 2014 - 5:45 PM

A town in the outskirts of Berlin encapsulates the ongoing albeit narrowing east west divide in reunited Germany 25 since the fall of the Berlin Wall

A restaurant called 'La Dolce Vita' (the sweet life) stands across of block of "plattenbau" concrete flats in Prenzlau, eastern Germany, on February 28, 2008. John Macdougall/AFP

The man who opened the Berlin Wall

Nov 06, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Former East German border guard Harald Jaeger – at the time loyal follower of the embattled communist regime – has gone down in history as the man who literally opened the Wall

PART OF HISTORY. Harald Jaeger, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the former east German secret police Stasi, poses in his home in Werneuchen, north of Berlin on November 4, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

Euro crisis firms German power, 25 years after Berlin Wall

Nov 03, 2014 - 3:35 PM

Analysts have little doubt that Europe s power now lies in Berlin rather than Brussels Paris or London with the damaging eurozone crisis only heightening that perception

CENTER OF POWER. The Reichstag is seen through the window in front of which German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not in picture) recorded her annual New Year's speech at the Chancellery in Berlin on December 30, 2013. David Gannon/Pool/AFP

Escape across Berlin Wall, then back for heroic rescues

Nov 02, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall 66 year old Hartmut Richter recalls his daring escape and audacious rescue attempts

Remembering vigils, prayers that rocked Berlin Wall

Oct 07, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Historians say there could never have been the euphoric scenes of freshly liberated East Germans dancing atop the Berlin Wall on November 9 1989 without the demonstrations in Leipzig the previous month

A picture taken on October 2, 1989 shows people demonstrating and demanding changes by the GDR government during a Monday demonstration in Leipzig, East Germany. AFP photo / DPA

Biden to travel to Poland, Lithuania next week

Mar 15, 2014 - 8:59 AM

According to the White House US Vice President Joe Biden will consult Poland and Lithuania on steps to support Ukraine s sovereignty and territorial integrity

MORE DISCUSSIONS. US Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the Ukraine crisis with allies Poland and Lithuania. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Life and Style wRap: Textbook porn to Berlin Wall

Jul 13, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Smut in school books Berlin Wall art and fried eggs make the news

ART AND BARRIERS. Panorama photographs of the world's tensest borders and barriers are on display on the Berlin Wall. Photo from