From the Managing Editor: Jul 9 1990

Several times in the past decade, TIME's worldwide editions have devoted entire issues to a single, very compelling topic: the Soviet Union in 1980, Japan in 1983, immigrants to the U.S. in 1985 and the Soviet Union again in 1989. Two weeks ago, for the first time, we prepared a special issue on German unification expressly for our international audience. American readers will find highlights from this issue in the magazine this week.

Our decision to produce a special issue overseas reflects not only the importance of the subject but also our commitment to a global audience. With an Atlantic circulation...

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