Gorbachev (second from left) is seen at the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall in Berlin in 2009, with Lech Walesa (right) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center). Of Merkel, Gorbachev says, "I like her as a person and a politician. But that doesn't mean that I don't have the right to criticize her, just as she has the right to criticize me." He also offers highly criticial remarks about the Germans. "Many in Germany seem to want to participate in the new division of Europe," he says.