History has often showed us the strength of the forces that are unleashed by the yearning for freedom. It moved people to overcome their fears and openly confront dictators such as in East Germany and Eastern Europe about 22 years ago. […] The yearning for freedom cannot be contained by walls for long. It was this yearning that brought down the Iron Curtain that divided Germany and Europe, and indeed the world, into two blocs. - Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel in an Exchange of Toasts on June 07, 2011.
Oggi è un giorno di grande gioia. Siamo tutti testimoni di un cambiamento storico. Condivido la gioia del popolo egiziano, con milioni di persone nelle strade dell'Egitto. :Today is a day of great joy. We are all witness to a historic change. I share the joy of the people of Egypt, with the millions of people on the streets of Egypt. (citata in Merkel- Mubarak did service to Egypt by resigning, Reuters, 11 febbraio 2011)