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Germany’s cool power debt


Germany’s cool power debt

One generation after its fall, the Berlin wall, once so inhuman and deadly, has become alternately art and kitsch. It was art on 9 November, the 25th anniversary of its breaching. Eight thousand white helium balloons marked the line where the wall once snaked through the city, past the famous Brandenburg Gate and through narrow alleys. Berliners and tourists, about a million of them, thronged into the city centre and squeezed together, rather as the crowds of East Germans had done a quarter of a century earlier when they first pressed through the checkpoint at Bornholmer Strasse. A collective expression of delight rose with the balloons as they were released and the ‘Wall of Light’ flew away into the misty Berlin night sky. 


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