London, Sep.10 (ANI): Britain and France feared the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 would return Nazi-era ambitions to Germany.
East German border guards demolished a section of the wall on November 11, 1989
Secret British government documents to be published on Friday reveal the deep anxieties felt by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Frangois Mitterrand, following the fall of the wall.
According to The Telegraph, the documents, published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, show that Mitterrand privately warned Lady Thatcher that a reunited Germany might "make even more ground than had Hitler".
They also show that in January 1990, weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mitterrand warned Lady Thatcher that the prospect of reunification was turning the Germans into the "bad" people they used to be.
Thatcher's deep-seated opposition to reunification, and her disagreement with the FCO over the issue, also emerges in the 500 published papers.
The Government's decision to publish the papers, ahead of Germany's 20th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the wall, will be seen as an attempt to show that officials were positive about reunification early on, despite Lady Thatcher's personal concerns. (ANI)