Germans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led several events Sunday, including the placing of a rose in one of the few remaining sections of the Wall to commemorate the 138 people killed in Berlin alone as they tried to flee the Soviet-allied state. In a speech at the main memorial site for the Wall, Merkel said that "the fall of the Wall has shown us that dreams can come true." She called the Wall a "symbol of state abuse cast in concrete" that "took millions of people to the limits of what is tolerable." Read more >>
The cartoon by Adams from the Daily Telegraph shows Angela Merkel giving her memorial speech. Behind her are the ruined remains of the original Berlin Wall. However, just a short distance away Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin can be seen rebuilding the wall with new bricks whilst giving each other dirty looks — a reference to their bitter standoff over the conflict in Ukraine.
The machine used for mixing cement is called, quite logically, a cement mixer. The tool used to apply the cement to the bricks is a trowel.