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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: What Happened to the Dream of Europe Whole and Free?

By Dan Hamilton | Published: November 5, 2019

Thirty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall opened and the Cold War ended. Waldsee dean Dan Hamilton lived in Berlin at that time. He shared his experiences with the Interpreter, CLV's then-quarterly newsletter. Now, thirty years later, he recalls what happened that day, reflects on the dreams of an undivided Europe that accompanied the revolutions of 1989, and discusses why Europe today seems to be more fractured and anxious than whole and free. Read in German here. You can also read about how Waldsee is teaching the fall of the Wall through simulations and role-plays at their blog

About the Author

Dan Hamilton, dean of Waldsee, the German Language Village, is a regular commentator on international affairs for U.S. and world media. He is a leading expert on transatlantic relations and has authored hundreds of publications on issues ranging from global economics to national security.  He also served as a senior diplomat in the U.S. Department of State with Secretaries Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright. He puts his language and cultural skills to good use regularly by interpreting German developments for U.S. audiences, and U.S. developments for German audiences.

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