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Born When The Wall Fell, Germany's Transition Generation

Five Germans, from the former East Germany, who were born on or near reunification 25 years ago, talk about how the past is bound to shape the future.

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In new directions
Verena Mayer and Charlotte Theile

BERLIN — They are as old as German reunification. They grew up in a time of transition, with a freedom that generations before theirs could only dream of. At the same time, they experienced the uncertainty of their parents, whose worlds changed completely from one day to the next. They had to find their way amid the confusion in Berlin, in the provinces, and abroad.

How were young East Germans born during the transition years affected? What hopes and expectations do they have? To what extent do they represent Generation Y, and to which generation do they really belong?

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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