A previously hidden section of the Berlin Wall has been discovered in the heart of the German capital. The 20-metre piece lay undisturbed for almost 30 years, obscured by vines and graffiti in a quiet side street in the Mitte district. Gothe then led the group down a passageway to show them the route of a planned walkway and cycle path. “We bashed our way through the thicket and found ourselves standing in front of this bit of wall,” he said. “We all asked ourselves what it could be.” The clincher, Schulsche said, was the metal mounts for lighting, a feature characteristic of the tightly guarded border. … [Read more...] about Block of Berlin Wall emerges from central city undergrowth
The newly discovered section of wall in Berlin-Mitte. Photo: DPA A forgotten, 20-metre long section of the Berlin Wall has been discovered by accident next to the headquarters of Germany’s intelligence services, authorities confirmed on Monday. When Ephraim Gothe (SPD), a district councillor in Berlin-Mitte, set out in June for a walk-and-talk event with voters in his local area, little did he know that he was about to make quite a discovery. Gothe’s remit includes building and development, so he is normally more concerned with finding space for new structures, rather than digging out old ones. On this occasion, though, he and his fellow walkers stumbled across a section of one of Berlin’s most famous historical structures. Hidden among the bushes on the edge of the abandoned Südpanke-Park stood a forgotten section of the Berlin Wall. “I was totally surprised that there were still undiscovered bits,” Gothe told DPA. While most of the Wall … [Read more...] about New section of Berlin Wall discovered by accident in inner-city park
For 28 years, Berlin remained a city divided by around 160 kilometres of 3.6m high concrete slabs. The Wall not only divided the city down the middle, it surrounded the entirety of West Berlin, isolating it completely from East Germany. What the communist regime of the German Democratic Republic called their “anti-fascist protection wall”, was in fact not conceived to keep anybody out, but rather to keep East German citizens in. According to figures from the Berlin Wall Memorial, a total of 140 people died trying to escape over the Walll, many of them in the notorious “death strip” between the wall itself, and the series of fences behind it. “The remembrance of the victims of the Wall and the victims of the East German regime remains important,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Monday, calling the Wall an “inhuman structure”. Monday also saw a remembrance service held at the Chapel of Reconciliation, a stone’s … [Read more...] about How and why was the Berlin Wall built?
The planned new Metro line in south Dublin will create a “Berlin Wall” severing communities, forcing people to use cars and creating urban blight, residents have warned. Concerns were yesterday relayed to the Committee on Transport by residents in south Dublin about the proposed project which will stretch 26km from Swords in north Dublin through the capital and into Sandyford on the southside. Rethink Metrolink Group spokesman Peter Nash compared the construction of the line through suburbs south of the Liffey to the likes of the Berlin Wall. A worry for many residents, he said, is the shutting down of the Green Luas line which could put 50,000 to 75,000 commuters back on roads and prevent hundreds of schoolchildren crossing lines every day. “In addition, it would also clearly have a significant adverse impact on the many houses in the neighbourhood adjacent to the line,” said Mr Nash. Resident Jennifer Gilmore said cyclists would not be able to cross Luas … [Read more...] about Fears planned Metro line in south Dublin will create ‘Berlin Wall’
DUBLIN enraged Downing Street last night after comparing the “Berlin Wall” to a possible post-Brexit ‘hard border’ in Ireland. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney made the toxic slur on a visit to the German capital as the EU begun to ratchet up the rhetoric ahead of a crunch leaders’ summit in ten days’ time. Visiting the site of the former Berlin Wall, Mr Coveney said the Germans understood the importance of rejecting “barriers, checks and fences” And he said he had no intention of being part of a government that allows them to be built on “my island”. MOST READ IN POLITICSMAY'S NHS WINDFALL Theresa May agrees £20bn NHS care package after overruling Chancellor MEL'S WELL Donald Trump's wife Melania to join him for presidential visit to London POWER TO THE PEOPLE Thousands of pensioners to get £140 off electricity bill in Sun victory GOVE BACKS FINN'S LAW Thugs who attack police dogs could face up five years in … [Read more...] about Dublin enraged Downing Street by comparing a post-Brexit Irish ‘hard border’ to the Berlin Wall