People take pictures near metal rods that delineate the line along which the Berlin Wall used to run at the Berlin Wall memorial site in Bernauer Strasse in Berlin November 8, 2014.(REUTERS/Michael Dalder)
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Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and the start of the country's emergence as the major power at the heart of Europe.Merkel, 60, who was then a physicist and entered politics as communism crumbled, recalls the feeling of being stuck behind East Germany's border.Soon, Western media were reporting that East Germany was opening the border and East Berliners were jamming the first crossing.With the leadership's control over the border well and truly lost, Germany was soon on the road to reunification less than a year later, on Oct. 3, 1990 .The progress toward true unity is seen in Germany's top leadership: Not only is Merkel from the east, but so is the nation's president, Joachim Gauck, a former Protestant pastor and pro-democracy activist.
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