Lewis, Flora
July 1960
Foreign Affairs;Jul1960, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p588
The article reports on political instability of Germany. The revival of a unified German nation has been receding across the horizon for so many years now that the prospect has come to be taken as a mirage. The major power dispute over Berlin, Germany, is their dramatic reflection. The painful search for a way to reduce the explosive potential of the East-West conflict is blocked again by the inability to reach a common decision on Germany. Nothing, it seems, can be done towards satisfying the ambitions of one side without injuring the interests of the other so grievously that war could easily result. Since no one can offer a feasible alternative now, there is a tendency to consider rejection of this apparent way out as sheer willfulness, illogical, stubborn and downright dangerous. The most evident facts apply to the second line of argument, so it is best to begin with the prospect of making partition acceptable to Germans. But although they are seldom spectacular, there have been a multitude of signs that German nationalism is reviving.


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