Gratuliere – Mut zur Freiheit

Today it is 25 years ago that the Berlin Wall fell. The issue is not without consequences for economic thought too.

One of the tv reports showed a message “Mut zur Freiheit” – the courage to be free. It is so easy nowadays to become a bit cynical about such texts but this statement is on the mark.

I did not watch all tv reports but I did not see Helmut Kohl and that felt off the mark. The greatest hero is Gorbachev. Remarkably, he relayed much of the Putin line and the threat of a new cold war. This reminds me of my earlier weblog on the European theatre.

Mikhail Gorbachev in Berlin at the Brandenburger Tor, November 9 2014 (Screenshot NOS tv)

Mikhail Gorbachev in Berlin at the Brandenburger Tor, November 9 2014 (Screenshot NOS tv)

The current economic crisis has a clear relation to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989: see this link. And see here for the Versailles effect on Russia.

But for now: gratuliere.

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