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New Report: A European success story? Central Europe from democratic revolutions to EU accession and beyond

The year 1989 was a breakthrough moment in history not only for Central Europe but also Europe as a whole and the world. Places such as Gate Number Two at the Gdańsk Shipyard, the Wenceslas Square in Prague as well as the reburial ceremony of Imre Nagy at the Heroes Square in Budapest and the fall of the Berlin Wall became symbols of Central European democratic revolutions that took place that year. The democratic transitions that these events started were the necessary steps which Central European countries had to take to join the European Union and NATO.

February 15, 2022 - New Eastern Europe - New Eastern Europe

The Gate Number Two at the Gdańsk Shipyard is a historical gate leading into Gdańsk Shipyard. On August 31st 1980 Lech Wałęsa, the leader of the Solidarity movement, stood at the gate when he announced the end of the strike and the signing of the Gdańsk Accords. In 2014 this place received the European Heritage Label. Source: Shutterstock

To present the post-1989 developments as a shared heritage of all European citizens WiseEuropa together with the city of Gdańsk, the Hungarian Europe Society, the Metropolitan University in Prague, the Institute for European Politics in Berlin and the Jan Nowak Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław launched a project titled “A European success story? Central Europe from democratic revolutions to EU accession (1989-2004) and beyond”. This project was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

Within the framework of the project, we have prepared this publication. It serves as a special edition to New Eastern Europe which is a bi-monthly magazine published in Poland with a focus on post-communist countries.

The main aim of our publication is to provide all European citizens – regardless of where they live – with an interpretation of Europe’s historic watersheds which took place in 1989 and 2004. We believe that these two events are an undeniable part of our common heritage.

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