30 years ago – on November 9, 1989 – the Berlin Wall fell. The Soviet Empire soon followed after. Liberalism triumphed and the “end of history” had come. Or so one thought: instead, the liberal order has crumbled again in recent years, with more extreme voices both on the Left and Right having gained popularity, both disregarding or even opposing fundamental liberal principles – for some, private property and freedom of contracts, for others, press freedom and the rule of law. In this series of article we want to both commemorate this important anniversary as well as look at the future prospects of the system that won thirty years ago, but is faced with many challenges again these days.
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