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Hillary in Berlin: Monday *updated*

November 9, 2009

Monday in Berlin:

Maybe later I’ll be able to find something in English ;):


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before a meeting in Berlin November 9, 2009, during day-long celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)

Berlin warmed up for the 20th anniversary of the Wall’s fall with events throughout the city, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a new transatlantic push to free those still oppressed.

“Our history did not end the night the Wall came down,” Clinton told current and former European and US political heavyweights on the eve of the celebrations marking the end of the Cold War and the continent’s division.

“To expand freedom to more people, we cannot accept that freedom does not belong to all people. We cannot allow oppression defined and justified by religion or tribe to replace that of (communist) ideology.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will also host leaders including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, recalled that the end of Europe’s postwar rift came as an utter surprise.

“The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall should remind us all what incredible luck we had with the reunification of Europe and Germany,” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, told Monday’s edition of Bild newspaper.

On the night of November 9, 1989, following weeks of pro-democracy protests, the Stalinist state’s authorities suddenly opened the border.

After 28 years as prisoners of their own country, euphoric East Germans streamed to checkpoints and rushed past bewildered guards, many falling tearfully into the arms of West Germans welcoming them on the other side.

On Sunday, Germans were already out in force along the former route of the barrier which had cleaved the city in half, inspecting 1,000 giant dominoes that will be toppled as part of Monday’s ceremonies.

Mayor Klaus Wowereit said the project, in which schoolchildren were among those to decorate the huge foam tiles, had helped underline the day’s importance for those too young to remember it.

“History is palpable and alive here,” he said. “The peaceful revolution of the fall of the Wall 20 years ago paved the way to an unprecedented transformation of Berlin.”

In the run-up to the anniversary, Irish rockers U2 electrified a crowd of 10,000 at the Brandenburg Gate Thursday with a spectacular free concert that included the ballad “One”, written in Berlin and partly inspired by the Wall’s fall…

The State Dept. launched the Voices of Diplomacy and the Berlin Wall– you can check it out here.

Germany Wall Anniversry Clinton


Germany Wall Anniversary Clinton



Germany Wall Anniversary Clinton

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Clinton is attending the commemoration ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, later Monday. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski)





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10 Comments leave one →
  1. maddie permalink
    November 9, 2009 7:37 am



    What a great way to start the morning…


  2. November 9, 2009 9:19 am

    Here is a video on german news magazine “Der Spiegel”

  3. November 9, 2009 11:34 am

    ‘Dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ How CUTE are they? ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  4. rachel permalink
    November 9, 2009 12:15 pm

    Great stuff hmm simillar taste in clothes??? :0

  5. Carolyn (Rodham) permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:04 pm

    Something very Presidential in her comportment, eh?

  6. newfrickinname permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:29 pm

    What shoulda been….*sigh*

  7. Kate permalink
    November 9, 2009 4:43 pm

    I just watched the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall on TV.
    Hillarys speech was great although the guy who was supposed to translate it into german had at some point a little bit of trouble finding the fitting german words. It was agreat celebration but honestly I could have dealt without obamas video message.

    And Hillary looked great red gloves, red scarf, black coat ….
    and her speech was (and thats a quote of one of the anchormens) “the speech everyone was waiting for and the speech everyone was most excited to hear” (he was right the cheers she got were not bad)

    And I think that in those pictures above Hillary as well as Angela Merkel look really good (maybe they made some sort of plan what to wear. The last time I saw them together hillary was wearing that hot pink jacket and black pants and Angela Merkel was wearing the sweet light pink jacket and black pants — seems like colour coordination to me.)

    And…(I got a lot to say today -sorry about that) ….I love
    Bon Jovis song “We weren’t born to follow”
    and you have to check out the song “We are one” (it’s kinda cheesey but…..)

    so now I’m finished : ))

    • still4hill permalink
      November 11, 2009 2:13 am

      KATE! How DARE you apologize! We LOVE to hear inside scoops! That was a terrific bit to share with us. I do remember the pink jackets. After I saw the blue ones, I remembered that.

  8. Terry permalink
    November 9, 2009 11:46 pm

    Loved the speech in the rain. Love that scarf and the those gloves. Stand out.

  9. June 25, 2013 3:27 pm

    WE love hilliary.

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