Audio: 1989: Consequences and lessons of the fall of the Berlin wall

The fall of Stalinism from 1989 to 1991 changed the world. Listen here to the introductions to debates at Socialism 2009 about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the mass movements in the former Stalinist east German state (GDR) in 1989 which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Why did Stalinism collapse in the Soviet Union? What are the consequences? – Peter Taaffe, General Secretary of the Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)

Germany: could the working class have taken power? – Bob Labi, Committee for a Workers’ International