Ministers remember 1989 border-opening

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Sándor Pintér, Hungary’s Interior Minister, and his Austrian counterpart Johanna Mikl-Leitner jointly commemorated the police’s role in opening the border to the west 25 years ago, mno.hu reported. Addressing a gathering at St Margarethen (Szentmargitbánya), on the Austrian side of the border, Pintér thanked police officers who on August 19, 1989 had “helped Hungary join Europe”. 

The opening of the border in Sopronpuszta 25 years ago was “the last nail in the coffin of communist dictatorship in Hungary and the whole of Eastern Europe,” he said. The opening of the borders had facilitated a new type of cooperation with neighbouring countries, and Hungary’s ties with Austria have been good ever since, he added. Mikl-Leitner said the fall of the Iron Curtain, something unimaginable 25 years ago, has had an impact on Austria’s economy and
society, too.

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