Germany: Rigmarole

The world at large is not in the habit of regarding the German question as a laughing matter. The pundits view it with the utmost gravity; they can, of course, draw on abundant evidence from the past to justify their alarm. It is not for me to quarrel with their pronouncements, but what they fail to see is the ludicrous side of German events. I should like to redress the balance. Granted that the opening of the Berlin Wall was a moment of high drama, but the consequences turned into low comedy almost overnight.

In itself, absurdity is hardly a newcomer...

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