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The Fall of the Iron Curtain and its Impact on Austria
Paving the Way for the Reunification of Europe

The year 1989 saw one of the most dramatic changes in Europe: the fall of the Iron Curtain, the collapse of the East Bloc and the triumph of democracy over totalitarianism in Central Eastern Europe. Without it, there would be no European Union with 27 member states. The impact of the fall on Austria was immediate: it put Austria back into the centre of Europe and allowed her to adopt a role similar to the one it had played in imperial days, that of a mediator between East and West. No longer being isolated from its neighbouring countries by barbed wire and treadmines, Vienna positioned itself as the hub of the Centrope Region, one of the economically and culturally fastest expanding European regions.



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