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Germany marks thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Germany marks thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
The years 2019 and 2020 mark the 30th anniversaries of the peaceful revolution (the developments leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall) and German reunification. The anniversaries are being celebrated with events aimed at bringing all of Germany together. Historical milestones along the path to unity are to be commemorated. That is why the Federal Government has set up a Commission to offer recommendations for a broad range of anniversary events. Its 22 members are drawn from the spheres of politics, business, art, culture, media and civil society. Encounters and dialogues between twin towns in eastern and western Germany are at the heart of the planned events.