The 1989 revolution has still to run its curious course

As Britain prepares to leave the union, Poland may find its time as an economic power has come

3rd November, 2019
A couple kiss in front of the Berlin Wall as it is torn down in November 1989Pic: Getty

What went wrong? As the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 approaches, that is the question that many observers of eastern Europe are asking. It is prompted by a view that the people’s revolutions which swept communism aside during that extraordinary year have resulted not in the failure to embrace democracy and individual freedoms, exactly, but in the feeling that the embrace has lost its passion.

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