Early on the morning of June 8, a messenger arrived at an apartment in one of the poshest districts of Paris bearing documents to be signed by a former high-level government official and prominen
Letter From Europe
Wall Street did not simply drag Europe's exchanges down in its fall.
Nineteen ninety-three, with its single market and
its important steps toward monetary and political
union, was to have been Europe's momentous A 1 year.
Nothing is louder than the silence of intellectuals.
"You are mistaken, dear angel, if you think that King Louis-Philippe rules--a mistake the King himself does not make.
"Comrade democrats--in the widest meaning
of this word--you have scattered. The reformers have gone to ground. Dictatorship is coming....
Lobsters, French cookbooks assert, love to be cooked alive.
"The Party always arrives five minutes after the hour," one critical East Berlin Communist complained bitterly, just as events there were gathering momentum.
Forced out of office and deliberately humiliated, Mikhail Gorbachev nevertheless left the historical stage with the dignity of an actor who was aware of the crucial part he had played.