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04 June 1989

Fall of communism in Poland

In the second half of the 1980s, the communists realised that a new formula was needed. They were preparing for a change allowing the opposition to share power, while trying to take control over national property. It was proposed in 1988 to hold a ‘round table’ creating conditions for negotiations between the communists and the opposition. The talks lasted from February to April 1989 yet moving towards democracy took another two years. The first free election was held on 27 October 1991.

25 March 1988

Candle demonstration

11 September 1989

Hungary Opens Its Border to Austria