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Ex-Chelsea star in trouble over Berlin Wall damage

Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is in trouble after using a hammer and chisel against the Berlin Wall.

The Ivorian, who now plays for Hertha Berlin, was taking part in television filming, when he damaged the wall.

Eastside Gallery own the copyright to the graffiti on the wall, and their chairman Kani Alavi is unhappy with Kalou, who could now face a 10,000 euros fine.

Salomon Kalou is in trouble. Credit: PA

Alavi told the Berliner Kurier newspaper: “I nearly fell off the sofa when I saw the footage. Here we have a well-paid celebrity increasing his market value at the expense of a national monument. Without respect. And with the clear backing of television.

“Just because there is no security patrolling the Gallery, doesn’t mean you can go around doing what you want. If he had done that at the Brandenburg Gate, the player would probably have been arrested.”


Balloons freed to celebrate Berlin unification

Berliners released lamost 7,000 balloons into the night sky to mark the 25th anniversary since the fall of the wall that once divided the city.

The symbolic release of the balloons, many carrying messages of hope, recalled November 9, 1989, when thousands of people from the communist East streamed through the Berlin Wall to celebrate their freedom.

Speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's mayor said the spectacular display celebrated "peace and freedom".

Berlin concert marks 25 years since the fall of the wall

Thousands of people crowded into the streets of Berlin this evening for a number of concerts and displays as it marked 25 years since the fall of the Wall that divided the city during the Cold War.


Fall of Berlin wall 'showed dreams can come true'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel places a rose at the Berlin Wall memorial in Bernauer Strasse. Credit: Reuters.

The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago today showed the world that "dreams can come true" and should inspire people trapped in tyranny everywhere, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today.

At least 138 people were killed trying to escape to West Berlin and many who were captured ended up in jail. Credit: Reuters

Speaking at a memorial at the in Bernauer Strasses where roses were placed along the wall in tribute to those who died crossing it, she said:

The fall of the Berlin Wall showed us that dreams can come true - and that nothing has to stay the way it is, no matter how high the hurdles might seem to be.

It showed that we have the power to shape our destiny and make things better. It was a victory of freedom over bondage and it's a message of faith for today's, and future, generations that can tear down the walls - the walls of dictators, violence and ideologies.

– German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Berlin celebrates 25 years since the fall of the wall

Germans are celebrating 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall with series of commemorative events in the country's capital.

Celebrations of the fall of the Berlin wall take place in Berlin today. Credit: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid flowers at a fragment of the wall which used to divide the city in two.

She said an irrepressible yearning for freedom brought the Berlin Wall tumbling down 25 years ago and called it a "miracle" that the Cold War barrier was breached without a shot being fired.

Gorbachev: World 'on the brink of a new Cold War'

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says tensions between the major powers have put the world "on the brink of a new Cold War".

He accuses the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to "triumphalism" after the collapse of the communist bloc a quarter of a century ago.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warns the world is Credit: PA

Gorbachev spoke at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city's Brandenburg Gate.

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