Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany has emerged as a world power – but not in the way many predicted

Not everyone shared in the euphoria on the November night thirty years ago when the Berlin Wall fell. One notable exception was Margaret Thatcher. 

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The scenes of jubilation in Berlin were vindication for the Cold War strategy in which Lady Thatcher had stood shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan’s US. But she also feared what a reunified Germany might mean for Europe and the world.

“We beat the Germans twice, and now they’re back,” she told a meeting of European leaders a month later, according to Helmut Kohl.

Mr Kohl, at the time chancellor of West Germany, had brought his plans for German reunification to discuss with his European counterparts. In his memoirs, he wrote of how he was stunned…

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