Germany's Moving On

Another day, another unmasked East German spy. That ho-hum attitude greeted news that Bernd Runge, the head of U.S. magazine publisher Condé Nast's German business, worked for the hated Stasi secret police as a young East German journalist in the 1980s. Last week two German magazines, Focus and Der Spiegel, revealed that Runge, now 43, informed on fellow students and his own family, and spied on Western journalists. What's fascinating is that Germans barely raised an eyebrow, and Runge's American boss said his past has "no relevance."

It's a far cry from the 1990s, when suspicion of a...

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