New walls on the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
The repercussions of the world wars have had a lasting effect in the way individuals perceive justice and peace, and the ideological disengagement purported by the iron curtain is still felt today. As new walls are now being lifted all over the globe, we must address the ways how political actors can act to put differences aside in order to reach agreements in fundamental matters of global justice. We must ask ourselves what can be done to expose the demagogic rhetoric behind hate speech, while adequately addressing people’s real needs. How far have we come since the tragic events of the XX century and the fall of the Wall?
President of the Republic of Latvia 1999-2007 & President of WLA – Club de Madrid (Latvia)
Writer & Special Correspondent in Germany for the Los Angeles Times (United States)