In Brief: 58 years after construction first began on the Berlin Wall, Mayor Müller looks back

58 years after the Berlin Wall was first erected, Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller talked on Tuesday about using this history as a “starting point” to make sure something like this never happens again because it causes “unbelievable sorrow.”

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Tuesday marked 58 years since construction first began on the Berlin Wall.

Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller paid tribute to those who lost their lives at the border.

“We see this situation worldwide, there are confrontations again,” Müller said on ARD television. “Building walls and separating people.”

Müller said “we should use our history as a starting point” and make it clear, something like that must never happen again because it causes “unbelievable sorrow.”

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke on Tuesday about the courage of the people in the GDR. He said that a new type of “Solidarity Pact” was needed – one of open exchange.


Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil wants to protect German workers against an economic downturn.

He’s aiming to present a new law by fall that will keep employees afloat, even if business goes south.

Heil told public broadcaster ZDF he wants to invest in further education and training as technology evolves. Heil already announced earlier this week that he wants to better help people who have been long-term unemployed.


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