The press conference of November 9, 1989, at which Guenter Schabowski announced that visas would be freely granted to those wanting to travel outside East Germany. Photo: AFP

East German bureaucrat whose blunder brought down the Berlin Wall dies at 86

With a slip of the tongue, Guenter Schabowski declared in 1989 that East Germans were immediately free to cross the border

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The press conference of November 9, 1989, at which Guenter Schabowski announced that visas would be freely granted to those wanting to travel outside East Germany. Photo: AFP
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