Autumn of Change

Singing for freedom in Romania

CNN's Diana Magnay talks to the stars of the Romanian music scene about freedom and what it means for their music.

Disarming the Velvet Revolution

When I was a teenager and in my early twenties, I always discussed with my most trusted friends what it might be like to live in a free world. We were locked behind the Iron Curtain and none of us believed we would live to see the fall of the communist dictatorship. My father used to say: "Every dictatorship will fall one day because it is inhuman, it is not natural. But communism is here for a long haul. We are not going to see it in our life times." Thank God, we were all wrong.

updated Wed Dec 23 2009 16:07:07

Singing for freedom in Romania

CNN's Diana Magnay talks to the stars of the Romanian music scene about freedom and what it means for their music.

updated Wed Dec 23 2009 12:08:40

Revolution ground zero

Romania's former prime minister recalls the final day that sealed the fate of communism in Romania twenty years ago.

updated Wed Dec 23 2009 10:41:24

Inside Ceausescu's palace

CNN's Diana Magnay takes a tour of the world's largest civilian administration building, Romania's parliament building.

updated Tue Dec 22 2009 14:49:52

Children of the revolution

CNN's Diana Magnay asks two Romanian 20-year-olds, born in Bucharest during the 1989 revolution, what the future holds.

updated Tue Dec 22 2009 00:38:54

Orphans in Romanian history

CNN's Diana Magnay revisits the appalling conditions of orphanages under Nicolae Ceausescu, and compares them to today.

updated Mon Dec 21 2009 15:05:01

Romanians remember revolt

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports from Bucharest, where Romanians are marking the 20th anniversary of their revolution.

updated Mon Dec 21 2009 01:18:56

Smooth roads for Romania's Dacia

As Romania's economy struggles, car maker Dacia is a success story. CNN's Diana Magnay reports

updated Sat Dec 19 2009 02:05:40

Autumn of Change Bulgaria Pt 3

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the fall of communism in her home country of Bulgaria.

updated Sat Dec 19 2009 02:00:30

Autumn of Change Bulgaria Pt 1

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the fall of communism in her home country of Bulgaria.

updated Sat Dec 19 2009 01:59:29

Autumn of Change Bulgaria Pt 2

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the fall of communism in her home country of Bulgaria.

updated Sun Dec 13 2009 21:54:02

Bulgaria's Zornitsa dancers

Zornitsa brings Bulgarian dancers to the world's notice. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports

updated Tue Nov 24 2009 09:43:38

Taping the Berlin Wall

CNN in conjunction with Berlin Tape Artist El Bocho define the original path of the Berlin Wall by using 40 km of Go Beyond Borders tape.

updated Fri Nov 20 2009 23:47:19

World changing radio

CNN's Phil Black reports on the role of an American funded news agency in helping to end Communism in the Czech Republic.

updated Fri Nov 20 2009 15:59:27

Berlin Wall: Mikhail Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev talks about the day the Berlin Wall fell.

updated Fri Nov 20 2009 15:49:53

Slovakia's World Cup adventure

CNN's Phil Black reports on why qualifying for the World Cup means so much for Slovakia.

updated Fri Nov 20 2009 15:47:19

Czech free market move 'shaky'

CNN's Phil Black has success stories from Czech businesses moving into the free market.

updated Fri Nov 20 2009 15:44:31

Velvet Revolution anniversary

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports from Prague on 20th anniversary of student marches that gave birth to Czech Republic.

updated Fri Nov 20 2009 06:51:32

Crowd-pleasing Prague

CNN's Phil Black reports on Prague's transition from communist capital to one of the world's most loved tourism destinations.

updated Thu Nov 19 2009 11:29:50

Inside Museum of Communism

CNN's Phil Black takes us along on a tour of Prague's Museum of Communism.

updated Thu Nov 19 2009 10:12:52

A museum of the Berlin Wall

Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie chronicles the fear, risks and heroism of those who defied the Iron Curtain.

updated Thu Nov 19 2009 10:08:42

How the Wall fell

CNN's Fred Pleitge on how leaders connected to bring down the Berlin Wall.

updated Thu Nov 19 2009 09:55:21

The artists who beat communism

CNN's Phil Black meets two Czech artists who defied communism for years and played key roles in the Velvet Revolution.

updated Thu Nov 19 2009 09:50:33

Czecho-Slovak reconciliation

CNN's Phil Black reports on how the broken union between Slovakia and the Czech Republic has turned into a friendship.

updated Wed Nov 18 2009 07:40:41

Czechs toast to the fall of communism

CNN's Phil Black reports on the effect of communism's fall on the beer brewing business.

updated Wed Nov 18 2009 02:07:19

Disarming the Velvet Revolution

When I was a teenager and in my early twenties, I always discussed with my most trusted friends what it might be like to live in a free world. We were locked behind the Iron Curtain and none of us believed we would live to see the fall of the communist dictatorship. My father used to say: "Every dictatorship will fall one day because it is inhuman, it is not natural. But communism is here for a long haul. We are not going to see it in our life times." Thank God, we were all wrong.

updated Tue Nov 17 2009 17:15:45

Velvet Revolution fireworks

Fireworks echoed across central Prague, as thousands commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

updated Tue Nov 17 2009 15:19:45

Fireworks and rock as Czechs celebrate Velvet Revolution

Fireworks and rock 'n' roll echoed across central Prague on Tuesday as thousands of marchers commemorated the 20th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" that toppled Communist rule.

updated Tue Nov 17 2009 03:20:45

Czech secret police underworld

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney gets a glimpse into the shadowy underworld of the former Czech secret police.

updated Mon Nov 16 2009 11:24:36

Remembering the fall of the Wall

updated Mon Nov 09 2009 16:07:16

How I brought down the Berlin Wall

How do you tear down a wall? Do you use diplomacy or force? Offers of neighborly assistance, or the threat of nuclear annihilation?

updated Mon Nov 09 2009 08:41:04

Memories: The night the Wall came down

updated Mon Nov 09 2009 06:38:30

Remembering the night the Berlin Wall fell

Richard Blystone, a CNN senior correspondent at the time, remembers above all the two sides of the crumbling Berlin wall. How different they were.

updated Mon Nov 09 2009 06:07:59

Giant dominoes set to fall

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, dominoes will fall. CNN's Fredrick Pleitgen reports.

updated Mon Nov 09 2009 00:01:28

When Berlin Wall came down

German Chancellor Angela Merkel recalls where she was when the Berlin Wall came down.

updated Sat Nov 07 2009 21:42:16

Germany's unified army

CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports on the German armed forces 20 years after reunification.

updated Sat Nov 07 2009 01:02:37

MTV Music awards 20 yrs. later

CNN's Jim Clancy attends the MTV Europe Music awards as it coincides with 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

updated Fri Nov 06 2009 12:22:29

Berlin's East Side art

Artists revisit what's left of the Berlin Wall to restore paintings of freedom on the East Side. Jim Clancy reports.

updated Fri Nov 06 2009 08:24:43

The soldier and the shipyard worker

One was the archetypal military strongman, intent on maintaining the social order and saving his country from "catastrophe." The other was a charismatic shipyard electrician and trade union leader who was just as determined to lead his countrymen to freedom.

updated Fri Nov 06 2009 07:17:20

Germany's economic divide

CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports on the problems with East Germany's economy 20 years on.

updated Thu Nov 05 2009 07:13:42

East Germany's spying system

CNN's Fred Pleitgen on the history of the Stasi and how it still haunts many Germans today.

updated Wed Nov 04 2009 10:50:09

Soros: In revolutionary times the impossible becomes possible

From the mid-1980s, Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist George Soros pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into foundations in Eastern Europe dedicated to promoting the idea of the "open society" and challenging the region's Soviet-backed regimes. Since then his Open Society Institute has evolved into a network of foundations and offices working in over 60 countries. Here, writing exclusively for CNN.com, he describes how the work of his foundations ultimately contributed to the collapse of communism.

updated Wed Nov 04 2009 09:11:35

Born in the east, young Germans still forced to head west

For decades the Iron Curtain divided Germany because the socialist German Democratic Republic did not wish to continue losing its citizens and skilled workers to the "golden" West.

updated Wed Nov 04 2009 08:40:18

Outrage over Berlin Wall memorial

Artist's memorial to the dead raises ire in Germany. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

updated Wed Nov 04 2009 06:05:08

Hip Berlin

CNN's Fred Pleitgen on the art scene in Berlin 20 years after the Fall of the Wall.

updated Tue Nov 03 2009 06:27:39

Art mirrors Berlin wall

An art project to signify the fall of the Berlin Wall will be sent around the world. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

updated Mon Nov 02 2009 17:47:44

20 years after wall fell, study finds less support for democracy

A specter is haunting Eastern Europe: the ghost of Communism past.

updated Tue Oct 27 2009 04:45:15

Berlin Wall anniversary (in French)

CNN's Hala Gorani asks users to help CNN dig more boundaries and share thier Berlin Wall experiences on CNN.com.

updated Fri Oct 23 2009 11:15:06

Berlin Wall anniversary (in Polish)

CNN's Antonia Mortensen asks users to help CNN dig more boundaries and share thier Berlin Wall experiences on CNN.com.

updated Fri Oct 23 2009 06:03:40

Berlin Wall anniversary (in German)

CNN's Frederick Pleitgen asks users to help CNN dig more boundaries and share thier Berlin Wall experiences on CNN.com.

updated Fri Oct 23 2009 06:00:14

Berlin Wall anniversary

CNN's Frederick Pleitgen asks users to help CNN dig more boundaries and share thier Berlin Wall experiences on CNN.com.

updated Tue Oct 13 2009 09:32:16

Top of the Iron Curtain

Months after borders were opened, Richard Blystone visits a west German nudist beach overlooked by an east German watch tower.

updated Tue Oct 13 2009 09:32:04

East meets West

Richard Blystone meets a woman as she strolls with her Western brother and his wife for the first time in 24 years.

updated Tue Oct 13 2009 09:31:54

Little Berlin

With just 35 residents in the East and 18 in the West, Richard Blystone visits a small town split in half by the Iron Curtain.

updated Tue Oct 13 2009 09:31:43

End of the line

Richard Blystone travels along the former border controls where tourists flock for a glimpse of life behind the Iron Curtain.

updated Thu Sep 10 2009 06:34:36

Picnic that changed history

Hungary marks the 20th anniversary of a gathering that led to a breach of the iron curtain. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

updated Mon Sep 07 2009 12:55:21

Hungary's struggling denim biz

The manufacture of blue jeans in Hungary has been hit hard by the global recession. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

updated Fri Aug 14 2009 12:34:13

East German Trabant to make unlikely comeback as eco-car

The much-maligned symbol of motoring in Communist East Germany, the Trabant, is set to make an unlikely comeback as a concept car at this year's International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

updated Mon Jul 27 2009 08:13:21

Born in the east, young Germans still forced to head west

For decades the Iron Curtain divided Germany because the socialist German Democratic Republic did not wish to continue losing its citizens and skilled workers to the "golden" West.

updated Sun Jun 07 2009 00:44:12

The revolution begins

In 1989 revolution swept through the Eastern Bloc. Poland's Solidarity movement was the first to challenge communism.

updated Sun Jun 07 2009 00:30:44

Seeking solidarity

As Poland is placed under martial law, the Solidartiy movement is forced underground.

updated Sun Jun 07 2009 00:27:52

The people speak

Tensions between the Soviet-sponsored Polish government and the opposition reach a boiling point.

updated Fri Jun 05 2009 02:23:07

Poland's economy booming 20 years after free elections

Free elections 20 years ago this week in Poland marked the unraveling of the Soviet bloc of Eastern European nations and the beginning of market reforms.

updated Thu Jun 04 2009 06:50:17

The New Poland: A country transformed

It is 20 years since Poland's Solidarity movement defeated the Communist Party in an historic election that prompted the fall of communism across central and eastern Europe.

updated Wed Jun 03 2009 23:54:25

A cultural tour of Krakow

A well-known photographer takes CNN's Fred Pleitgen on a cultural and pictorial tour of Krakow, Poland.

updated Wed Jun 03 2009 15:31:23

Poland's free media

Poland's media has flourished since the fall of communism. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

updated Wed Jun 03 2009 00:51:32

Catholic Poland

Fred Pleitgen reports on the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland.

updated Tue Jun 02 2009 22:31:47

Gallery: The fall of communism in Europe

updated Tue Jun 02 2009 14:10:02

Birthplace of Solidarity

CNN's Fred Pleitgen visits the town where Poland's uprising against communism began.

updated Tue Jun 02 2009 12:44:19

Poland's growing economy

Poland's former prime minister on how Poland's economy has weathered the financial storm.

updated Tue Jun 02 2009 00:18:10

Polish cuisine comeback

After the collapse of communism, Polish people also opted for fast food restaurants, but they are going back to their roots.

updated Mon Jun 01 2009 14:51:52

Polish economy going strong

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen on the state of the Polish economy, which is faring much better than its neighbors.

updated Sun May 31 2009 20:09:11

Lights, camera ... Poland

CNN's Fred Pleitgen visits a Polish film school that has produced some of the world's greatest filmmakers.

updated Sat May 30 2009 07:26:13

Poland: From Soviet satellite to 'Tiger of Europe'

Leszek Balcerowicz, Poland's former finance minister, recently said his country is enjoying "its best period in 300 years." CNN looks at how the country emerged from communism to become one of eastern Europe's most stable and thriving democracies.

updated Fri May 29 2009 09:26:29

'In the length of a football season it was gone'

Richard Blystone was CNN's senior correspondent in Europe throughout 1989, witnessing and reporting on the momentous events of that year from the first protests in the communist Eastern Bloc to the fall of the Berlin Wall and revolution in Romania.

updated Thu May 28 2009 07:07:33

The new Poland

CNN's Antonia Mortensen previews what's coming up on a special week of CNN programming live from Poland from June 1st.

updated Thu May 28 2009 07:07:14

The new Poland (Polish)

CNN's Antonia Mortensen previews what's coming up on a special week of CNN programming live from Poland from June 1st.

updated Mon May 25 2009 10:08:40

The changing map of Europe

updated Fri May 22 2009 11:03:16

Key figures in the collapse of communism

updated Thu May 21 2009 09:48:12

Europe's spy capital

Throughout the Cold War, Vienna was a listening post for rival espionage agencies, reports Richard Blystone.

updated Thu May 21 2009 09:45:33

Currents of history

A ferry across the river Elbe offers East Germans a taste of life in the West, reports Richard Blystone.

updated Thu May 21 2009 09:38:27

Tearing down fences

Living on the Iron Curtain was like "living in a prison camp," a Czechoslovak bar owner tells Richard Blystone.

updated Thu May 21 2009 09:35:00

Gone fishing

Richard Blystone finds Czechoslovak fishermen making up for lost time as they return to the Morava river.

updated Thu May 21 2009 09:34:38

A tale of two villages

Richard Blystone visits the divided German villages of Boeckwitz and Zicherie shortly after the border was reopened.

updated Thu May 21 2009 09:33:32

Mercedes and Trabants

Richard Blystone finds the citizens of East and West Germany struggling to find common ground as reunification looms.

updated Thu May 21 2009 09:26:13

Marxist revision

Richard Blystone finds teachers at the Karl Marx Elementary School in Plauen, East Germany, confused by the end of communism.

updated Wed May 20 2009 11:43:22

Autumn of Change jargonbuster

updated Wed May 20 2009 08:24:27

The year that communism cracked

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