On Saturday, Germany marked 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. In its context, German chancellor Angela Merkel urged Europe to defend democracy and freedom.
She warned that they should not take such gains for granted.
At a solemn ceremony in the church, while delivering the speech she stood on the former “death strip” that divided east and west.
She said that the Berlin wall reminds them that they have to do their part for freedom and democracy.
She told guests from across the continent that Europe should live and defend its values anew.
On November 9, 1989, East German border guards threw open the gates to West Berlin. Hence, it allowed free passage for the first time since the Berlin wall was built.
The momentous event would end up bringing the communist regime crashing down and led to German reunification a year later.
Cracks have appeared within the European Union as Brussels accused Eastern bloc countries like Hungary and Poland of challenging the rule of law.
Merkel said that the past must serve as a lesson. She noted that the collapse of the Berlin wall was history and teaches the lesson that no wall that divides people was so high that it cannot be broken through.
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier underlined the role of central Europeans in bringing about the peaceful revolution that demolished the communist regime.
He added that in Germany, they were debating and fighting more than before about German reunification and its consequences.