BERLIN IS not simply an enormous conglomeration of cranes and diggers. Politically it also resembles a workshop or building site. The rest of the Republic of Germany will be watching to see that federalism is not subverted by the dominant capital. Yet, in trading and financial terms, the capital is really only a dwarf. Surely this means that Berlin can only play an important role economically as a hub towards Eastern Europe.
THIS SIMPLE beginning with the reopening of the Reichstag building may well reassure all of those Germans who, for various reasons, were afraid of Berlin and a possible "Berlin Republic".
The opening of the Reichstag was, thankfully, a celebration without overkill and embarrassments - apart from the handover of a giant symbolic key, which had overtones of the opening of a local savings bank rather than one of our important parliamentary buildings.
THE CONCERN that a sovereign Germany could lose its sense of proportion is hardly justified, and yet it is necessary. Bonn does not deserve ridicule and scorn. We are continuing Bonn in Berlin and we are beginning something new in a house of democracy oriented towards the future.
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