It was 21 years ago today …

This is the annniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. In retrospect it seems so obvious that the Soviet sphere was teetering on collapse: Poland's Solidarity had once again re-emerged as a force and Czechoslovakia was protesting. East Germany was seen as the Soviet Union's staunchest supporter, but the floodgates were opened when the government announced that the borders wold be opened. The reasons for this have been recounted by numerous historians with a number of perspectives, but what is ...