The Year That Changed the World: The Untold Story Behind the by Michael Meyer

By Michael Meyer

ON the 20th ANNIVERSARY OF the autumn OF THE BERLIN WALL, MICHAEL MEYER presents A RIVETING EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE cave in OF COMMUNISM IN japanese EUROPE THAT BRILLIANTLY REWRITES OUR traditional realizing of ways THE chilly struggle got here TO AN finish AND HOLDS very important classes FOR AMERICA'S present GEOPOLITICAL CHALLENGES.

" Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" President Ronald Reagan's well-known exhortation whilst vacationing Berlin in 1987 has lengthy been largely brought up because the clarion name that introduced the chilly battle to an finish. the USA gained, so this model of background is going, simply because Ronald Reagan stood company opposed to the USSR; American resoluteness introduced the evil empire to its knees.

Michael Meyer, who used to be there on the time as a Newsweek bureau leader, begs to differ.

In this terribly compelling account of the revolutions that roiled jap Europe in 1989, he indicates that American intransigence was once just one of many elements that provoked world-shaking swap. Meyer attracts jointly breathtakingly shiny, on-the-ground debts of the increase of the team spirit move in Poland, the stealth beginning of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague and the cave in of the notorious wall in Berlin. however the most vital occasions, Meyer contends, happened secretly, within the heroic stands taken by means of participants within the thick of the fight, leaders akin to poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague; the Baltic shipwright Lech Walesa; the quietly decided reform top minister in Budapest, Miklos Nemeth; and the guy who privately learned that his empire was once already misplaced, and determined -- with braveness and intelligence -- to permit it cross in peace,Soviet basic secretary of the communist occasion, Mikhail Gorbachev.

Reporting for Newsweek from the frontlines in jap Europe, Meyer spoke to those gamers and numerous others. along their planned interventions have been additionally the happenstance and human errors of heritage which are continually current whilst occasions speed up to breakneck velocity. Meyer captures those heady days in all in their wealthy drama and unpredictability. In doing so he offers not only an exciting chronicle of an important yr of the 20th century but additionally an important refutation of yankee political mythology and a triumphal false impression of historical past that seduced the us into the various intractable conflicts it faces at the present time. The 12 months that modified the World will switch not just how we see the earlier, but additionally our realizing of America's future.

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The figures are taken from the UN population projections. 5% in the CEEC-IO. 43 EU Enlargement, Migration and the Labour Market ni a, Poland and Slovenia to the rest of the EU of between 55,000 and 278,000 per year, perhaps half of which will be labour. The IaUer study also offers a useful synopsis of research on the migration potential following enlargement. I ~CEEC-8/2 • POLAND I 250 200 150 100 50 O 2 3 4 5 6 YEAR 10 CE EC-8/2 POLAND Fig. B5 Scenario 1: Annual Flows of Net Migration into the EU-15, 2005-2010 (in 1'OOOs) and Cumulated Migration Flows into the EU-15, 2005-2010 (in 1'OOOs).

WOOD, A. 1. B. EU Enlargement, Migration and the Labour Market: A Tentative Assessment Karl Pichelmann 1 1. East-west Migration Flows: Setting the Stage Shortly after the falI of the iron curtain, the rising ti de of east-west migration flows induced by economic, political, and ethnic reasons led to concerns of possibly large-scale population transfers. However, these concerns have not been realised. Although westward emigration flows have continued, in particular towards Germany, they have diminished considerably since 1993.

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