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July 24, 2021

35 Wonderful Photos Capture Street Scenes of Europe in the Mid-1980s

The Polish trade union, Solidarność, and its leader Lech Walesa, become household names across Europe and the world following the Gdansk shipyard strikes in the summer of 1980. In 1981, Greece becomes the 10th member of the EU and Spain and Portugal follow five years later.

In 1986 the Single European Act is signed. This is a treaty which provides the basis for a vast six-year program aimed at sorting out the problems with the free-flow of trade across EU borders and thus creates the ‘Single Market’.

There is major political upheaval when, on 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall is pulled down and the border between East and West Germany is opened for the first time in 28 years, this leads to the reunification of Germany when both East and West Germany are united in October 1990.

These wonderful photos were taken by paul_3747 that show street scenes of Europe in 1985 and 1986.

East Germany. Erfurt, 1985

Denmark. Copenhagen, 1985

East Germany. ‘Beware of the tanks!’ sign,Village of Crawinkel, July 1986

East Germany. Dresden, October 1985

East Germany. Early morning in Dresden, October 1985

East Germany. Frauenkirche, Dresden, October 1985

East Germany. Suhl, 1986

East Germany. Village of Crawinkel, January 1986

East Germany. Village of Crawinkel, January 1986

East Germany. Village of Crawinkel, January 1986

East Germany. Village of Crawinkel, July 1986

East Germany. Waren, July 1986

East Germany. Waren, July 1986

East Germany. Zwinger Palace, Dresden, October 1985

England. "The Eagle" in Shepherd's Bush, London, 1985

England. Admiral Nelson, Trafalgar Square, London, 1985

England. Covent Garden Market, London, 1985

England. Palace Gates Road, Wood Green, London, 1986

England. The Eagle, 215 Askew Road, Hammersmith, London, 1985

Germany. West Berlin, 1985

Poland. Warsaw, 1985

Poland. Warsaw, 1985

Poland. Warsaw, 1985

Poland. Warsaw, 1985

Poland. Warsaw, 1985

Somewhere in Belarus (the main highway between Moscow and Warsaw), June 1985

USSR. Bolshoi Theatre with scaffolding on it, Moscow, June 1985

USSR. Kremlin, Moscow, June 1985

USSR. Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), June 1985

USSR. Moscow car park, 1985

USSR. Moscow, June 1985

USSR. Novgorod, June 1985

USSR. Saint Basil's Cathedral and Kremlin, Moscow, June 1985

USSR. Smolensk, 1985

USSR. Winter Palace, Leningrad, 1985




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