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Subdued Germans Mark 15th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall


Germany held subdued ceremonies Tuesday to mark the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder paid tribute to the peaceful revolution that brought down one of the most visible symbols of the cold war. The demolition of the 155 kilometer wall paved the way for Germany's reunification in October 1990.

Many divisions, however, still remain between the former communist east and more prosperous west. The east's 18 percent jobless rate is nearly twice that of the west, and the cost of reunification - more than $1 trillion - has dragged down the German economy.

Mr. Schroeder said that while much has been accomplished since the wall fell, the country must not let up in its efforts to complete German reunification.

Some of this information provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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