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Beyond the Liberal Hour

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So wrote commentator Geoff Mulgan in November 1991, exactly two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Back in November 1989, the television pictures of young East Berliners atop the Wall with pickaxes, hacking away at the tyranny that had imprisoned them for thirty years, seemed to capture the new spirit of freedom spreading through Europe. After a century during which the continent had been first ravaged by two world wars and then torn apart by the Cold War, the crumbling of the Wall suggested too a crumbling away of the past. It was, many wanted to believe, the birth of a new era of peace and prosperity in European affairs.

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