Gorbachev's full speech during the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Each paragraph to the end is loaded with honesty and policy experience. Sharon
The Huffington Post
November 8, 2014
My Appeal to Our Leaders and to All of Us: Let Us Think, Propose and Act Together
By Mikhail Gorbachev
Former President of Soviet Union, Nobel Laureate
The following speech was delivered on November 8, 2014 at the New Policy Forum symposium in Berlin.
I am pleased to welcome all the participants and to see among them both the veterans of our Forum and some new faces. I expect all of them to make a contribution to serious and constructive dialogue which is so necessary now.
Our conference is being held simultaneously with the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall that divided Germany and Europe. I would like first of all to congratulate the Germans, and all of us, on the anniversary of this truly historic event.
Historic shifts that seem unexpected to contemporaries may later appear inevitable, preordained. But let us recall the time when it was all happening and how tumultuous and urgent the process of change was. Its outcome -- the peaceful unification of Germany -- was possible only because it had been prepared by great changes in international politics and in the minds of people.