Monika Hanley, Baltic Reports
BRUSSELS — “If you had said in 1989 that there would be three independent Baltic states, they would have sent for men in white coats,” said Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash at a policy dialogue Thursday in Brussels.
Twenty years have gone by since the fall of the Berlin Wall, to be commemorated on Nov. 9, and yet the question of what remains to be done lingers in the air. The essence of the European Union is integration of old foes into the closest of allies. But it’s always been an improvisational affair, and that’s not going to change.
“The old rules don’t apply anymore,” said Estonian President Toomas Ilves. “We have to start thinking about what the rest of the world is to us.”
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