East-West: Gorbachev, God and Socialism

In two speeches in Rome, one of them with Pope John Paul II at his side, Mikhail Gorbachev spoke about the decline of Communism, the future of Europe and the role of religion in terms that few people would ever have expected from a Kremlin leader. Excerpts:


"Having embarked upon the road of radical reform, the socialist countries are crossing the line beyond which there is no return to the past. Nevertheless, it is wrong to insist, as many in the West do, that this is the collapse of socialism. On the contrary, it means that the socialist process in...

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