Paper on Berlin Wall

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Berlin Wall




The fall


The role of the USSR
The Wall fell as the combined result of both internal and external pressures. The
evolution of the USSR played a crucial role in this process.


On his first official visit to West Germany in May 1989, Mikhaïl Gorbachev, whose ambition
was to save his country from decline and ruin through an innovative policy based on
restructuring (perestroïka) and openness (glasnost), informed Chancellor Kohl that the
Brezhnev doctrine had been abandoned ; Moscow was no longer willing to use force to
prevent democratic transformation of its satellite states. This was the kiss of death for
East Germany in the short-term, for her very existence had no justification apart from
ideology.


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