How times change: of iron curtains and borders

Hungary: then and now

2014

Austria’s Foreign Minister Alois Mock (left) and Hungarian Foreign Minister Gyula Horn dismantling the barbed wire Iron Curtain in June 1989 MTI

Austria’s Foreign Minister Alois Mock and Hungarian Foreign Minister Gyula Horn dismantling the barbed wire Iron Curtain in June 1989: MTI

‘Danke Ungarn’ is how Germany is thanking Hungary on the billboards installed throughout the country, an expression of gratitude for helping German unification by opening up the Hungarian-Austrian border to East Germans 25 years ago this Thursday.
Wall Street Journal: September 2014

2015

Hungary will build a 4-metre-high fence along its border with Serbia to stem the flow of illegal migrants, according to Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó: Getty Images

Hungary will build a 4-metre-high fence along its border with Serbia to stem the flow of illegal migrants, according to Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó: Getty Images

Thousands of migrants, many from Syria, poured into Hungary on Tuesday as soldiers frantically tried to finish a border fence to keep them out — the latest flashpoint as Europe struggles to handle a torrent of asylum seekers.

Benington Banner: August 2015

Germany is warning of reintroducing national border controls unless other countries step up to the plate and share the refugee burden more equitably. Proposals from Brussels in May to introduce mandatory refugee quotas across the EU on a small initial scale were rejected by Spain and most of eastern Europe.

Guardian: August 2015

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