25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Pursuit of Open Society in Europe Continues

It was in the mid-1980s that I began supporting open society initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe. We supported people and ideas that presented an alternative to the all-encompassing totalitarian state. We helped scholars and dissidents from the region travel to the West to exchange ideas. We supported independent media, student movements, and even cultural clubs—anything that presented an alternative.

In 1989, there was the promise of a transition from closed to more open societies and greater unity in Europe. But setting a new system up can be as hard as bringing an old one down.

Today, I am concerned about Europe’s future and the potential disintegration of the political union. We in Europe must seek to recapture the original spirit of the European Union. Ukraine is a powerful wake-up call. We are witnessing the birth of a new nation, a new Ukraine—with a limitless future made possible by people whose civic and political engagement is probably higher than anywhere else in Europe.

A quarter-century after the Berlin Wall came down, the pursuit of open society in Europe continues.

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But setting a new system up can be as hard as bringing an old one down (с). Everything is in our hands! Eastern Partnership: information society instead of war! Eastern Partnership countries should join the program eUnion.

Ukraine has a strong European organism, So everything will be OK :)

It's about the time!

Now it's time to work hard in this direction for Western Europe...

Indeed, a notable example where this work is still unfinished is my home country Montenegro that has an unchanged autocratic government since the communist era...

Regions must be more focused.

everything is in our hands.

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