The miracle did not happen. Dynamics, as Lionel Jospin had hoped, did not defeat arithmetic. On his third try, Jacques Chirac made it. The Socialist interlude is over.
In the medieval city of Gdansk, in a courtroom packed with police, three men stand in the dock.
Dual power, Lenin wrote, cannot last long. But just how long?
"How could anyone possibly say that the October Revolution was in vain?" the poet Tvardovsky angrily told Solzhenitsyn in what now seems another age.
It is a pleasure to watch, on both sides of the Atlantic, the professional prophets of "evil empire" now forced to perform their "agonizing reappraisals."
Some events carry an exceptional symbolic charge.
Maastricht--shorthand now for the speeding up of the European Community's financial integration--is both an eye-opener and a mystification.
The French socialist saga makes awkward reading for left-wingers. It has a wistful air of déjà vu.
Four drunken Polish youths, four distant, misty figures, acrobatically avoid a fall, then vanish mysteriously into the fog.