No other question affects the people of Europe so deeply as "the German question." To put the tumultuous events of recent months into perspective and to examine what effect the emergence of one Germany would have on Europe and the world, THE WORLD & I went to leading authorities on both sides of the Atlantic.
Introduction Eastern Europe is being transformed before our eyes. In a series of unprecedented actions, communist governments are turning over their ...
Cold War Has Ended Events radiating outward from Germany highlight a domestic
imperative for the United States: to recognize the growing
importance of economics in foreign policy and national
A Changing Germany: What It Means Eastern Europe's reformers want to lead their respective
countries into a free and united Europe. The question of
whether a united Germany will "dominate" Central Europe or
become a "risk to peace" overlooks this historic trend. ...
Europe Casts an Anxious Eye The prospect of a new balance of power in which Germany plays
a major role is causing anxiety, however much European leaders
act otherwise. ...
Gorbachev Seeks a Trade-Off If the West wants to keep Gorbachev in power, it may have to
agree with him that the right of national self-determination
in Europe does not apply either to Germans or to the
nationalities of the USSR. ...
The Challenge of History The chief question facing the world is not whether the Cold
War is over but whether we are establishing a framework of
international cooperation for the consuming tasks that will
challenge future generations. ...