A Neighbor's View

Two days after the East German vote, French Prime Minister Michel Rocard discussed the future of Europe in an interview with managing editor Henry Muller, Paris bureau chief Christopher Redman and senior writer Frederick Painton. Highlights:

Q. France doesn't seem very enthusiastic about German unification.

A. Well, there is the memory of what happened 50 years ago, when we were occupied. But don't forget the great reconciliation between the two countries that began with Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer, continued with Valery Giscard d'Estaing and Helmut Schmidt and goes on now with the friendship between Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl.

...