For once Boris Yeltsin was true to his word. He had said in public that August would be the month of “artillery preparations” and September the time of the clash. On September 21, at 8 P.M.
The longest reign in the history of the French Republic is coming to an end, possibly a premature one, with a sense of drama.
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.
“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
Capitalism is re-entering Russia dripping with blood. Whether Boris Yeltsin’s successful putsch will extend his reign remains to be seen.
Capitalist euphoria proved short-lived in Europe. Five years ago we witnessed the collapse of the post-Stalinist empire, which folded with unexpected ease.
“Oh God,” Heinrich Heine wrote, “how big is your zoo!” This sentence kept popping into my head in June as I read the dispatches of my journalistic colleagues on Pope John Paul II’s journey throug