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During her travels with President Clinton last week, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sat down with TIME's Douglas Waller to discuss the future of Europe. Excerpts:

TIME: What was going through your mind as you sat through the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan?

Albright: It's very personal. I am a child of the divided Europe. The Americans had invited all the countries in Europe to join the Marshall Plan, and the Czechoslovaks actually accepted the invitation. Jan Masaryk, the Foreign Minister, was summoned to Moscow after he had accepted. My father was his chief of staff. Masaryk...

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