Daniel Singer, for many years The Nation's Paris-based Europe correspondent, was born on September 26, 1926, in Warsaw, was educated in France, Switzerland and England and died on December 2, 2000 in Paris.
He was a contributor to The Economist, The New Statesman and the Tribune and appeared as a commentator on NPR, "Monitor Radio" and the BBC, as well as Canadian and Australian broadcasting. (These credits are for his English-language work; he was also fluent in French, Polish, Russian and Italian.)
He was the author of Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 (Hill & Wang, 1970), The Road to Gdansk (Monthly Review Press, 1981), Is Socialism Doomed?: The Meaning of Mitterrand (Oxford, 1988) and Whose Millennium? Theirs or Ours? (Monthly Review Press, 1999).
A specialist on the Western European left as well as the former Communist nations, Singer ranged across the Continent in his dispatches to The Nation. Singer sharply critiqued Western-imposed economic "shock therapy" in the former Eastern Bloc and US support for Boris Yeltsin, sounded early warnings about the re-emergence of Fascist politics into the Italian mainstream, and, across the Mediterranean, reported on an Algeria sliding into civil war.
It is a battle royal, and it foreshadows many more like it in the struggle for the economic mastery of Europe.
Eurolabor is asking what's in the new European Monetary Union for workers.
Is Britain drifting away from Europe, its conservative stability contrasting with the political turmoil on the Continent?
At the second Congress of Solidarity, held in
Gdansk from April 19 to 25, Lech Walesa did
nothing to deny the suggestions of his fellow
unionists that he may soon be riding on a white
The amnesty for Poland's political prisoners announced
on July 21 is a victory for the four leaders
The recent flap in Paris regarding five C.I.A. operatives who allegedly tried to bribe their way into the very center of government policy-making should not be interpreted as a Gaullist revival.
Big business is climbing over Europe's national
frontiers much more easily than labor unions or
The dead, claims a French legal saying, seizes the living--"le mort saisit le vif"--and indeed the dead weight of the past often seems to be strangling the present, particularly when this past is
Nearly four years have elapsed since that merry month of May when France and the whole world were taken aback by a sudden and momentous upheaval.