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Berlin sky alight as 'border of light' balloons released

The 'Border of Light' was released at a ceremony in central Berlin. Credit: Reuters
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stands on stage outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Credit: Reuters
The balloons were freed and released from the site of the former border. Credit: Reuters

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".

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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

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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.

Gorbachev warns of 'new Cold War'

Mikhail Gorbachev. Credit: Reuters

Tensions between the major powers have put the world "on the brink of a new Cold War", former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned.

Speaking at an event to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to "triumphalism" after the collapse of the communist bloc a quarter of a century ago.

He called for new trust to be built through dialogue with Moscow, and suggested the West should lift sanctions imposed against senior Russian officials over its actions in eastern Ukraine.

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