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Ukraine and beyond: how to live in an anxious world

I was in Hungary in August 1989, just a few months before the Berlin wall was torn down.

Comment Dave Burke
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Budapest was full of East German citizens clamouring for visas to cross to the West; the paperwork was not forthcoming, so one day hundreds of them just went to the Austrian border and walked across. Armed guards looked uncomfortable, but no-one opened fire. The Cold War was over.