Baroness Thatcher in the cold as former leaders remember fall of the wall

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Three greying men, one in a wheelchair, one leaning on a stick, shuffled on to a theatre stage normally occupied by high-kicking chorus girls to discuss old times — the good old days when the Berlin Wall came down and they were in charge of the world.

The 20 years since have taken their toll on Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush Sr and Helmut Kohl, but this weekend they were determined to celebrate and be celebrated.

Margaret Thatcher, regarded by many as one of the key players in ending the Cold War, was not there.

It was not clear whether she had been invited, though she rarely makes public appearances these days. With the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, Baroness Thatcher is either being dismissed as marginal and obstructive to Germany’s historically inevitable unification, or she is being edited out altogether.

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