Europeans Celebrate Fall of the Berlin Wall Anniversary
International leaders and citizens across Europe today mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a decisive moment in history that represents the end of the Cold War and the peaceful re-unification of Europe. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso emphasized that the fall of the Berlin Wall represented "not only the collapse of totalitarism in Central and Eastern Europe, but is also an impressive symbol of the reunification of Germany and the whole of Europe." "The 9th of November 1989 was a moment in which everything seemed possible, marked by happiness, a desire of freedom and the idea of a peaceful revolution," said President Barroso. "A truly historic day that reminded me in many regards of the Portuguese revolution of 1974 that I experienced as an 18-year-old student." The EU, which today represents 27 Member States and a population of 500 million people, has been a driving force in the peaceful unification of Europe, and the prospect of membership continues to provide strong encouragement for political and economic reform in candidate countries. An integrated Europe, with close relationships with its geographical neighbors, reinforces peace and stability.