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Dilemma 89

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Twenty years after 1989, most former communist states in central and eastern Europe are members of the EU. Yet the transition from closed to open societies is far from “complete”.

Fierce debates rage over lustration and information surfacing from secret police archives, over corruption inherited from communist power structures, and over dominant representations of the communist past.

Clearly, 1989 is not only an historic moment of liberation, but also a political and social dilemma for the present day.

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