The fall of the Berlin Wall
Event date: 03/10/2019
On 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall collapsed. On that day thousands gathered all along the wall that had separated East and West Germany since 1961.
The accession of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) to the Federal Republic of Germany (Federal Republic) completed the reunification process on 3 October 1990. Moreover, with the accession of the former GDR to the Federal Republic, the GDR integrated into the European Economic Community (EEC) of the time via a special procedure. As the GDR's status as a subject of international law ended with its accession to the Federal Republic, a normal EEC Treaty accession procedure was not possible. The European Parliament followed the chain of profound political developments triggered by the fall of the Berlin Wall closely.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On this occasion, the European Parliament organises a special ceremony during the plenary session in Brussels.
Parliament becomes the first European institution to speak of a possible reunification of Germany
On 9 November 1989, German citizens peacefully tore down the Berlin Wall and thus paved the way for German reunification.