You Can Lead A German To Perrier, But...

In subfreezing weather, intrepid Boy Scouts lit lanterns on New Year's Day to mark the grand opening of the European Community's single market. French and German citizens met on the border at midnight to celebrate the event with fireworks. It would have been nifty to join the celebrations. But, comfy in a friend's apartment in Paris, I found myself distracted by thoughts of coffee, sausage, beer, refrigerators, electric plugs, and telephone jacks.

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