Merkel marks anniversary of Berlin Wall

Merkel marks anniversary of Berlin Wall

In 11:15amCET, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will talk at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse.

Speaking in Berlin Friday during a visit marking the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pompeo said that, 30 years later, authoritarianism is once again rising.

Recalling the United States' key role in helping to bring down the hated Wall separating communist East Germany from the capitalist West, Steinmeier said he still hears the late American president Ronald Reagan's cry of "tear down this wall" at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Pompeo is in Germany before the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Axel Klausmeier, head of the Berlin Wall memorial site, recalled the images of delirious Berliners from East and West crying tears of joy as they hugged each other on the evening of November 9, 1989.

But wary of a potential falling-out with China - Germany's biggest trade partner - Berlin last month said only that there would be "high standards" for security in the new network.

Steinmeier said, however, that the historic event did not mark the "end of history" as US historian Francis Fukuyama stated.

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However, he added that "liberal democracy is being challenged and questioned", while foreign minister Heiko Maas said: "Power is shifting away from Europe, authoritarian models are on the rise, the United States is increasingly looking inwards".

Angela Merkel urged Europe to defend "democracy and freedom, human rights and tolerance" at a ceremony to celebrate the occasion.

In a renewed attack against Beijing, Pompeo said the "Chinese Communist Party uses tactics and methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans".

"And they have to be filled with life and must be defended again and again".

"Power is shifting away from Europe, authoritarian models are on the rise, the United States is increasingly looking inwards and worldwide law is losing ground", he said.

Light installations, concerts and public debates are also being held throughout the city and other parts of Germany to mark the anniversary.

The bad tempered prelude to the festivities stood in sharp contrast to celebrations five years ago, when former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ex-Polish president and freedom icon Lech Walesa were present.

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