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Sep 18, 2019

Wolfgang Schäuble: Thanks to the courage of Hungarians, a new chapter of history began in 1989

The Bundestag president said Germany “will never forget” Hungary’s decision to open its border in September 1989 which paved the way for German unity and the unification of Europe.

The president of Germany’s Bundestag has said that thanks to the courage of Hungarians, a new chapter of history began in 1989.

In an interview marking the 30th anniversary of the opening up of Hungary’s western border, Wolfgang Schäuble said former West German politicians always knew that Germans living in the German Democratic Republic would choose unity if they could decide for themselves. But it was also known that borders could not be changed either in Germany or in Europe, because such efforts would be suppressed by the communist regime, as was experienced by the Germans in 1953, the Hungarians in 1956, and later by the people of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the Poles in 1980-81.

“However, in 1989, we felt that something started to change, and thanks to the courage of Hungarians … it became clear that a new chapter of history began and Europe would no longer remain divided,” he said.

The Bundestag president said Germany “will never forget” Hungary’s decision to open its border in September 1989 which paved the way for German unity and the unification of Europe.

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