30th anniversary of the demolition of the Berlin Wall Belén Becerril: "The EU helped Central and Eastern Europe move towards democracy, human rights and an open economy"


Belén Becerril is deputy director of the Institute of European Studies at CEU San Pablo University

The fall of the Wall marked the beginning of the process that would lead 12 states from Central and Eastern Europe to join the EU, a great success as the EU helped these states move towards open and market economies and political systems based on democracy and human rights.

However, the challenges are not completely overcome, and we have recently seen in some of these states a questioning of the rule of law. The EU is more than a provider of funds, it is a common market; it is a space of shared values, which are democracy, human rights and the rule of law: respect for the law and judicial independence.

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