Britain: The New Danube Waltz

Thatcher puts her best foot forward to improve East-West ties

It was the first time a British Prime Minister had ever visited Hungary, and Margaret Thatcher was determined to make the most of it. Wearing a sable hat and her warmest smile, she set out to thaw the relationship between Britain and the Communist bloc that she had helped to freeze. She called her two-day visit to wintry Budapest last week "the first step of quite a long journey" toward the goal of linking East and West.

Was this the "Iron Lady"—so christened...

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