The wall, which was built in 1961, acted as a barrier to prevent people escaping from the Soviet sector of the city into West Berlin.
President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said that the unification of Germany became a catalyst for European unity.
“The fall of the Berlin wall enabled new bridges to be built between people,” President Juncker said. “Today, as President of the European Commission, I see it as my task to repair the cracks in these bridges that appeared after the worst financial and economic crisis since World War II.”
These cracked bridges are evident in the Irish public opinion, where there has been a fall in support for the European project.
Statistical data drawn from the Eurobarometer shows that, at present, only 35% of the public would tend to trust the European Commission, falling from 60% in 2006.Whilst 44% of the Irish public now claims that they do not trust the European Parliament.
“Europe must once again become a thing of the heart. It was with passion and courage that the people tore down that which divided them, in search of peace, freedom, unity, democracy and prosperity,” says President Juncker.
In the wake of the European Financial Crisis, it appears that walls have been erected that are built of public discontent. Two decades on from the wall, European faces another period of unification.
“We are the Europe of the last chance. We have to seize that chance and give Europe’s citizens the new start they are expecting of us.”