France is still feeling the shock of a legal decision destined to induce collective amnesia.
Los Angeles is not the only place perturbing the sermons of the preachers of history's end and capitalism's eternal youth.
Boris Yeltsin, the former chief apparatchik in Sverdlovsk, and Gennadi Burbulis, the former professor of Marxism-Leninism in the same town, are the men behind the prosecution in the case against
Maastricht--shorthand now for the speeding up of the European Community's financial integration--is both an eye-opener and a mystification.
Boris Yeltsin celebrated the first anniversary of his reign in the mood of a satisfied yet rather puzzled survivor ("we jumped into the river not knowing how to swim...but we didn't drown").
By the skin of their teeth... Watching on French
television the gloomy faces of the alleged winners
one could not help feeling there was an element of
defeat in their victory.
When in London, if you have some time to spare, go east to the Isle of Dogs to visit what was to have been Europe's biggest office-plus-housing project.
History, whatever Hegel or Marx may have said about tragedy and farce, can also repeat itself as a tragicomedy.
You don't cross the Rubicon, argued Andre Malraux, in order to sit down on the other side and fish in its waters. Yet this is exactly what Boris Yeltsin did.
Nothing is over, not even the counting; given the prevailing mood of mutual suspicion there will be plenty of disputes over the final result.