1989: When the Wall Came Down

Nov 26, 2020

Akten zur Auswärtigen Politik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
[Documents on the Foreign Policy of the Federal Republic of Germany]


Editing work by Daniela Taschler, Tim Szatkowski and Christoph Johannes Franzen.
Senior Editor: Ilse Dorothee Pautsch

Commissioned by the Federal Foreign Office, edited by the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin
General Editor: Andreas Wirsching; Co-Editors: Hélène Miard-Delacroix and Gregor Schöllgen

In addition to the fundamental change in Central and Eastern Europe with the opening of the Berlin Wall, the epochal year 1989 brought further challenges for Bonn’s politics, which are presented here in detail for the first time: the suppression of the democracy movement in China, the Libyan chemical plant in Rabta, the Colonia Dignidad in Chile, the Rushdie case and its consequences for relations with Iran, the dispute over short-range nuclear missiles, the CSCE process, and the path to European economic and monetary union.