Timothy Garton Ash: Democracy Still Under Threat 20 Years After Velvet Revolution
Arvamus 16 Nov 2009  EWR
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Twenty years after the Velvet Revolution, where are the Vaclav Havels of Ukraine or Georgia?

PRAGUE (RFE/RL) --In 1989, British writer and Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash reported on the wave of democratic revolutions that swept Europe, and witnessed some of its key events.

He was in Prague this week to take part in a conference on the state of freedom in Europe 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He spoke to RFE/RL's Gregory Feifer on the eve of the day marking the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.

RFE/RL: You've said that a definitive, global history of 1989 has yet to be written. What don't we know about the significance of what took place in Eastern and Central Europe then, and how much is it part of the threat to democracy today?

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