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The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. But an invisible barrier still divides Germany

(CNN)The Berlin Wall was torn down 30 years ago. The seismic event sent shock waves across Europe, and sparked hopes for millions of East Germans.Jubilant crowds stormed the concrete blockade dividing the East and the West on November 9, 1989, just minutes after the Communist German Democratic Republic (GDR) announced that travel restrictions would be lifted for East Germans. The propaganda and fear were replaced with a sense of freedom and unity.But three decades later, an invisible barrier still stretches across Germany. It is slowly disintegrating, but it's still there. The two countries, the GDR and the western Federal Republic of Germany (FDR), reunited less than a year after the Berlin Wall collapsed. According to Steffen Mau, a soci ...