The fall of the Berlin Wall, part 1
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7 November 2019
Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we ask what life was like for citizens in a divided Berlin and discuss some of the lessons we can learn from the German capital to help repair the divisions faced by cities today.
7 November 2019
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