LIVE: Merkel and Steinmeier mark 30th anniversary since fall of Berlin Wall

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcome Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian heads of state for commemorations marking the 30th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Friday, November 9. During the ceremony, the leaders of the Visegrád Group will be thanked for their contribution to the “peaceful revolution” of 1989 that led to the collapse of the communists regimes across Eastern Europe. Merkel is also expected to speak at the Chapel of Reconciliation, located on the former Berlin Wall border strip, which will be followed by a service marking the anniversary.

09:20 GMT – Arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Presidents of the Slovak Republic, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary and the heads of other German constitutional organs. They are being welcomed by the Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation and the Governing Mayor of Berlin.
09:30 GMT – Joint participation of the Presidents and the German Federal Chancellor in the Commemorative event at the Hinterland wall.
10:30 – 11:30 GMT – Service in the Chapel of Reconciliation to commemorate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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