Interview: with HELMUT KOHL: Driving Toward Unity

Toward Unity Sensitive to his country's history, Chancellor HELMUT KOHL warns against isolating Germans and argues that unification is not only urgent but will make the '90s the decade of Europe

Q. Are you concerned about Soviet opposition to a united Germany's membership in NATO?

A. Anyone who wants a peaceful new Europe must remember that one of the worst mistakes after the First World War was the international isolation of the Weimar Republic. I am strictly against repeating that mistake. Germany, and that includes a unified Germany, is part of the Western community of shared values. We cannot accept anything less. It is remarkable that all Warsaw Pact countries except the Soviet Union are for full German membership in NATO. Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia are in favor of it -- unconditionally...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!