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...in Eastern Europe due to trade embargos among other things. Eastern European countries under this failing system grew restless. Poland, for example, created a trade Union, Solidarity, which organized opposition to the communist rule it had in the country. Democracy soon came into force with Poland’s first president being elected later and continued to spread as Mikhail Gorbachev announced Perestroika and Glasnost. Perestroika was a declaration of major communist reforms that would undergo in the Soviet Union, while Glasnost (meaning openness) called for transparency between Eastern and Western governments. Gorbachev soon announced for the Berlin Wall to come down, allowed for capitalists to invest in Russia, and for free elections; this all brought for the slow, oncoming, and unannounced end to communist rule in not only the Soviet Union, but nearly the entire world.
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