Germany, allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

Germany, allies mark 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the U-S sending its secretary of state to Berlin.

Urging Western allies to defend hard-won freedoms, Pompeo stressed "we can never take. things for granted".

Two days before the anniversary of the epochal change, France's President Emmanuel Macron made an explosive charge that transatlantic partnership North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was suffering from "brain death" and that Europe itself was "on the brink".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected Macron's comments, in an interview with British weekly The Economist, as "drastic" and Pompeo said on Thursday the alliance was perhaps one of the most important "in all recorded history". Von der Leyen too on Friday defended North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as an "outstanding" shield.

Issuing a similar message, von der Leyen said 30 years after the epochal event that was thought to usher in the unstoppable train of liberal democracy, "today, we have to admit that our complacency was naive".

And hopes that China would develop closer to the Western model have not been fulfilled, the former German defence minister said. "It needs to confront the realities of today and the challenges of today". "And they must always be lived out and defended anew", she told guests from across the continent.

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This include "building our own muscles, on where we've for a long time been able to rely on others - in security policies". US President Donald Trump has frequently accused European Nato members of failing to provide their fair share of military spending and of relying too heavily on the US for their defence.

The protests and a stream of people fleeing East Germany piled pressure on the country's Communist government to open its borders to the West and ultimately end the nation's post-war division.

Pompeo also took aim at the Nord Stream gas pipeline being built between Russian Federation and Germany, saying it would mean "Europe's energy supplies. depend on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's whims".

Merkel has repeatedly said the pipeline is a purely private business concern.

Leaders from Germany and other European nations are attending ceremonies 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.

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