Commentary: What Germany Can Teach The Rest Of Europe

Germany is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of reunification, but the party is a real downer. In Berlin, petty politics reign, as former Chancellor Helmut Kohl claims vindictively that his Social Democrat opponents didn't want to put Germany back together again. In the east, the mood is sour. Unemployment remains more than double that of the west, and bitterness among idle youth is feeding a vicious neo-Nazi movement. The only people who seem to be in a festive mood are veterans of the old communist secret police, the Stasi. They are toasting the expiration of the statute of limitations for most crimes committed under the communist regime. Shooting people at the border, for example. Prost!

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