In Berlin, Pompeo says allied democracies must work together

In Berlin, Pompeo says allied democracies must work together

The toppling of the wall, which separated the Communist-ruled East from the capitalist West in Berlin for almost three decades and became a potent symbol of the Cold War, was followed a year later by the reunification of Germany in 1990.

For Steinmeier, "a new wall has arisen that cuts through our country - a wall of frustration, a wall of anger and hate".

In a speech delivered in a chapel that is part of a Berlin Wall memorial in the German capital, Chancellor Angela Merkel remembered those who were killed or suffered repression "because they were seeking freedom". "And they must always be lived and defended again", he told guests from across the continent.

"The values on which Europe is founded - freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, respect for human rights - are anything but self-evident".

The momentous event would ultimately bring the communist regime crashing down, leading to German reunification a year later.

"The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history and it teaches us: No wall that keeps people out and restricts freedom is so high or so wide that it can't be broken down", said Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, The Associated Press reported.

Leaders from Germany and other European nations are attending ceremonies on Saturday in Berlin recalling the peaceful protests that piled pressure on East Germany's government to allow its citizens free passage to the west on November 9, 1989.

America's top diplomat said defending liberal democracy also means preventing "Europe's energy supplies".

Differences are not only resurfacing between the former east or west blocs.

Two days before the date that brought epochal change, France's President Emmanuel Macron dropped a bombshell, declaring that transatlantic partnership North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was suffering from "brain death" and that Europe itself was "on the brink".

Merkel responded with unusual sharpness, saying Thursday: "I don't think such radical judgments are necessary".

This time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit ended Friday, while Macron is only planning a flying visit on Sunday.

"We can never take these things for granted, we can never assume that because there's this infrastructure. that it will exist and of its own force, just by the nature of it continue to work and be effective".

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