In 1989, the world chose peace; we need that vision today

THE BERLIN WALL, WHICH FOR DECADES HAD DIVIDED NOT just a city but a country, and all of Europe, fell in November 1989, and history accelerated its march. Such moments test the responsibility and wisdom of statesmen.

The long overdue changes in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe had received a powerful impetus from the democratic process already under way in the Soviet Union. The demands of the people were getting increasingly urgent and radical.

In the fall of 1989 the situation in East Germany—the G.D.R.—became explosive. Large

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from TIME

TIME2 min readSociety
Has The CDC Finally Figured Out What’s Making Vapers Sick?
SINCE THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE Control and Prevention (CDC) first announced an outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases in August, the agency has faithfully provided updates as the number of people diagnosed with these illnesses ticks up and up,
TIME5 min readPolitics
Amy Klobuchar
IT’S A BRISK SATURDAY MORNING IN NOVEMBER, and Amy Klobuchar is pondering the menu at a Sioux City, Iowa, diner where a dish of two buttermilk biscuits smothered in country-style gravy is listed among the “lite” breakfasts. The Minnesota Democrat usu
TIME3 min readPolitics
How Bolivia’s President Brought About His End
EVO MORALES, THE President of Bolivia, fled to Mexico on Nov. 12, and his country now faces an uncertain future. Morales had little choice. Evidence that he had tried to steal his country’s latest presidential election pushed hundreds of thousands of