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30 years of freedom: "East Germany opens borders"

Young people stick flowers in remains of the Berlin Wall during a commemoration ceremony today
Young people stick flowers in remains of the Berlin Wall during a commemoration ceremony on Saturday. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP

Germany, on Saturday, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed gratitude to Eastern European neighbors for encouraging a peaceful revolution, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The wall separated the Communist-led East from the capitalist West in Berlin for about three decades. The wall "became a potent symbol of the Cold War ... followed a year later by the reunification of Germany in 1990," writes Reuters.

What Matters 2020

What matters for 2020 and beyond

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Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

We plan to take a wholly different approach to the 2020 election by focusing on the critical trends that are certain to outlive the moment.

Why it matters: Election coverage is too often myopic and maniacally focused on the daily churn of dust-ups and distractions. Toss in social media, and the emotionalism of the moment, and it’s easy to lose sight of the tectonic shifts unfolding in real time.