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The fall of the Berlin Wall and the new European geopolitics

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Stephan Martens, Université Michel de Montaigne/Bordeaux III

The fall of the Berlin Wall has triggered a peaceful revolution of an unprecedented kind in Europe. Germany has become unified, the Soviet Empire has collapsed, the geopolitical balance has been deeply modified, and the will of the Central and Eastern European peoples for a “return” to Europe has made its reunification possible. Now the great challenge for the new generation of European leaders is to perfect the union of the European peoples through the free-willed organisation of peace and cooperation throughout the whole continent. However, the rebuilding of the European continent must not be performed at the expense of the idea of an ambitious European Union.