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10/dec/2009 Timothy Garton Ash – după 20 de ani, memoria lui 1989 este divizată, ambivalentă şi slabă

Timothy Garton Ash: Democracy Still Under Threat 20 Years After Velvet Revolution

 RFE/RL November 16, 2009

PRAGUE –In 1989, British writer and Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash reported on the wave of democratic revolutions that swept Europe, and witnessed some of its key events. He was in Prague this week to take part in a conference on the state of freedom in Europe 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He spoke to RFE/RL’s Gregory Feifer on the eve of the day marking the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.

RFE/RL: You’ve said that a definitive, global history of 1989 has yet to be written. What don’t we know about the significance of what took place in Eastern and Central Europe then, and how much is it part of the threat to democracy today?

Timothy Garton Ash: I don’t think there’s a huge amount that we don’t know in terms of revelations about [then-Soviet President Mikhail] Gorbachev’s policy or whatever it might be. There’s an awful lot that hasn’t been described about the dynamics of the mass movements, of the social movements in Central and Eastern Europe. But what we haven’t done is to put it all together, to do the work of synthesis, and I think that still has to happen.

I don’t think that’s a big problem of the next 20 years. I do think a big problem is that the memory of 1989 is divided, ambivalent, and weak. It’s divided between East and West. It’s ambivalent even in Central and Eastern European countries, you see that here. And it’s quite weak among the young generation. And if you don’t know where you’re coming from and what it was like before, you’ve got a problem.

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