“25 Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain in Hungary“

“25 Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain in Hungary“

2020. July 07.


Time: 2020. July 07. |


6.00 pm REGISTRATION WELCOME by Dr Udo Bux, Chairman of CSU Brussels

6.30 pm KEYNOTE SPEECH, Elmar Brok, MEP, Chairman of the committee on Foreign affairs of the European Parliament

6.30 – 7.15 pm Screening of a TV-feature from 1989 on air in German Television ARD on 17 August 1989

Dr József Szájer MEP
Dr Péter Györkös , Permanent Representative of Hungary at the EU
György von O'svath, dissident, contemporary witness of 1956 and 1989 and the first Hungarian Commission civil servant

Moderation: Friedrich Kurz,Journalist, war correspondent and editor of ZDF TV-magazine "Frontal 21"

During the night from 10 to 11 September 1989, in a dramatic break-up with the Eastern European communist bloc, Hungary gave permission for thousands of East German refugees to leave Hungary for West Germany, via Austria. It was the first time that one of the Warsaw Pact nations broke from the practice of blocking citizens of another communist state  from travelling to the West. It was the start of what became the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Iron Curtain dividing Europe. On 10 September 2014, on the 25th anniversary of these events, we would like to remember those historical days and to look out to what it means for our current relations with our Eastern partners.