What happened to the hopes and dreams of 1989?

By EBRD multimedia team

Join Jonathan Charles and Kerry Law on a journey to the region which breached the Berlin Wall and tore down the Iron Curtain in 1989.

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Join Jonathan Charles and Kerry Law on a journey to the region which breached the Berlin Wall and tore down the Iron Curtain in 1989.

Where are the peoples of Germany, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union three decades on?  we ask in this very special episode of our Pocket Dilemmas podcast.

How far have their dreams of freedoms and prosperity been realised?

And what is the future for market economics, democracy and political pluralism in these EBRD regions?

Our special guests, BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg, author of a new documentary on the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and EBRD Chief Economist Beata Javorcik, help us shed light on these questions and the influence exerted on them by the rise of populism.

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Episode notes:
 
Steve Rosenberg 30 years since the Fall of berlin Wall
 
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Berlin Wall’s fall marked the end of the Cold War for the American public
 
Eastern Europeans democracy attitudes: