The Berlin Wall 's Impact On Economic, Social And Political Relations Between West And East Europe

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The Berlin wall had a highly significant impact on the economic, social and political relations between West and East Europe. It stood from 1961-1989 as a physical reminder of that divide, a daily reminder of the divide that still influences the nation today, and a physical barrier in which 138 East Germans died trying to cross. So dire was the Berlin Wall that Heinrich Albertz, an aide to West Berlin Mayor, compared it to as if; “They are cutting up a city, cutting into living flesh without anesthesia”. Thus it can be observed that so high was its importance, that only after the Berlin wall was abolished in that the cold war was finally coming to an end and so traumatising was its presence that Berlin has yet to fully recover. In order to come to a conclusion about the impact of the Berlin wall, one must first understand the context of which it came to be. At the end of the second world war, the disintegration of German central authority allowed allied powers to take control of Germany. During the February of 1945, the allied victors held the Yalta conference, a committee focused on the dismemberment of Germany, in order to come to a conclusion on the current ‘German question’. This can be regarded as the defining moment of which the division between East and West Europe became apparent. As victors struggled with their losses and the defeated nations lost international favor, the Soviet Union and USA began a power struggle to become the new global powerhouse. The Potsdam

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