West Germany

Nazi Hunting

Buruma: Are there any fascists left in East Berlin?

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Funny Money

Niall Ferguson asks whether a European economic and monetary union will work.

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Marxed Men

East Germany struggles with the future.

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Seeing is Believing

East Berliners head West.

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After the Wall

The Editors: What now?

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The necessity of the Berlin Wall.

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The Afghan Resistance

What the Soviets don't get about the country they just invaded.

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Bonn—Especially if it’s Kennedy versus Reagan in 1980, we are likely to have one of the most ideological presidential elections of the century in the U.S. next year. The conservatives already are saying that what America needs is big tax cuts, more incentives for business investment, balanced budgets, reduced government intervention in the economy, less social spending, more defense, reduction of union power, and fewer environmental controls. Beyond these specific targets, the conservatives (the neoconservatives, particularly) are gearing up for combat over principles.

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The Creator “lifted His hand, and from it burst a fountain-spray of fire, a million stupendous suns, which clove the blackness . . . as they pierced the far frontiers of Space, until at last they were but as diamond nailheads sparkling under the domed vast roof of the universe.” The three archangels – Michael, Gabriel, and Satan – were impressed and thoughtful, according to Mark Twain in Letters from the Earth. Then the Creator made animals. The three archangels “were perplexed.

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Back to Berlin

It did not take long for the Presidents of the United States and France to find a "complete identity of view" on the need to resist any encroachment on the freedom of or access to West Berlin. Presumably that view will be accepted happily by Chancellor Adenauer and, perhaps with more reluctance, by the British Prime Minister. This is gratifying news, though its precise meaning is not yet known.

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