America Abroad: Defusing the German Bomb

Defusing the German Bomb

The revolution of 1989 short-circuited history, jolting the late 20th century with some vexations that everyone thought would wait until the 21st. In no time at all, German unification went from almost unthinkable to all but unstoppable. Last week's hints out of Bonn that citizens of both Germanys will vote for a single parliament later this year was just the latest reminder that from now on, there will be German answers to the German question in all its complex and troubling dimensions. The four wartime Allies that crushed the Third Reich in 1945 can still consult, negotiate and harrumph to their...

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