Maybe it was more than pure chance that the idea of an European neurological organisation coincided with the political "Wende" and the opening of the iron curtain, which was the strict border between the West an the Communist East in Europe.

The contributions by Lord Walton, Franz Gerstenbrand, Jes Olesen and Ragnar Stien about the development of the EFNS give an impression on how the different ideas finally came to the happy ending, ie the foundation of the EFNS.

By Eberhard Deisenhammer