Thirty years after fall of Berlin Wall, hard borders are back around the world

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The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when thousands of Germans joyfully danced atop its graffiti-covered remains, to some heralded the “end of history” in a globalized world.

Thirty years later, the return of hard frontiers made of bricks, concrete and razor wire symbolizes stark new political realities that are a far cry from the West’s heady optimism in the era when the Soviet bloc imploded.

“If the people who put an end to the Cold War observed what is happening today, they would see that we have completely changed our paradigm,” said Elisabeth Vallet of Quebec University in Montreal, a specialist on border walls.

A generation on, that old world order seems in disarray, many nationalist leaders reject the very notion of a global community, and walls are back in fashion, for a number of reasons.

Read more on Thirty years after fall of Berlin Wall, hard borders are back around the world by YACINE LE FORESTIER on Japan Times 


On the 30th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall, possibly the most significant milestone in the European unification process, the Corporate ID Group’s Think thank Insights Institute will be bringing together the CI Consulta Geopolitics Advisory Unit, the European Commission’s Representation in Malta and the Fondation de Malte’s Geovistas Institute to hold a commemorative forum.

His Excellency George Vella, President of the Republic of Malta, will launch the event with a keynote address which will be followed by a panel discussion.

The event will take place on Friday, 8 November, 2019 at 12.30 at Dar l-Ewropa, 254 St.Paul Street, Valletta. Guests are kindly requested to confirm their attendance and are kindly invited to be seated by 12.15. Identification will need to be presented at the door.

There are a limited number of invitations left. Those interested are requested to submit their interest on




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