THE WEST: And Now, the '30s Look in Politics

Having influenced fashion and the movies, something like the '30s look has returned to the political life of the Western world. Not since the querulous prewar years, certainly, have there been so many wobbly governments, imperiled leaders and shattered traditions in Western Europe and North America. Last week alone, a series of coincidental developments posed the astonishing prospect of almost overnight change in the mind and manners of several key governments, with deep implications for East-West detente and other matters of high policy.

In the U.S., the beginning of formal presidential impeachment...

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