9/11: 18 years on

first_imgToday marks 18 years since the Berlin Wall fell, and the national debate — are things better for it? — rolls absurdly on. As reported by Welt, one in five Germans wants the wall back, surely a symptom of a disastrous case of ignorance plaguing the German youth. According to a study by the Freie Universität in Berlin, they think the wall was build by the Allies, the Stasi was just like any normal secret service, East Germany wasn’t a dictatorship and their most famous statesman was none other than Helmut Kohl, (West) German Chancellor from 1982 to 1998.But maybe the only good news coming out of the “Ostalgie” debate is that the quaint Trabant may be making a return. I’m not convinced by that report though — just look at this giveaway sentence, hidden right at the end: The company is looking for a producer to make a first run of 200 models.In the same way that Michael Knighton once looked for ?20m to buy Manchester United, I presume.For some British coverage, try Timothy Garton Ash’s take on the anniversary in yesterday’s Guardian.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external siteslast_img

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