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Europe must stand up for democracy and freedom, for human rights and tolerance”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said today as Germany commemorated the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

These values “must always be lived out and defended anew,” Merkel told political leaders and European guests at a ceremony,

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Merkel herself grew up in East Germany and was a scientist working in Berlin on 9th November, 1989.

The fact that Communist authorities finally opened border crossings that day “teaches us that no wall that shuts people out and limits freedom is so tall or broad that it cannot be broken through,” Merkel said.

-Noah Harte