Berlin Not Honoring Reagan's 100th Birthday

Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010 11:24 PM

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Germany’s defense minister is calling on the nation to honor former President Ronald Reagan by naming a square or a street after him in Berlin. Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said it would be the least the city could do to show their appreciation for the man many credit with bringing down the Iron Curtain, according to The Local, an English language website covering Germany.

reagan,berlin,wall,guttenberg,honor,birthday,berlin“I would welcome naming a street after this great honorary citizen and it would be evidence that the gratitude of (the city’s left-wing government) didn’t stop at (leftist student leader) Rudi Dutschke,” Guttenberg told daily Bild, one of the country’s leading newspapers.

Guttenberg and other conservative politicians are upset that the German capital has no plans to mark what would have been Reagan’s 100th birthday on February 6. Reagan, who died in 2004, famously demanded Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the Berlin Wall in a speech before the city’s Brandenburg Gate in 1987.

“Ronald Reagan’s determination and clear message brought down the Iron Curtain in Europe,” said Christian Democratic MP Ruprecht Polenz, adding he believed German reunification would not have been possible without Reagan. “We should permanently remember this great friend of Germany in a prominent place.”

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