"At the burial of communism too many people want to jump from the coffin into the funeral procession." The Polish author of these lines tried to convey the idea that the former practitioners now
The specter haunting Europe today, as it approaches the twenty-first century, is the ghost of nineteenth-century nationalism.
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.