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Keep off the Reichstag's grass

By Tom Levine   July 2003

Don’t walk on the grass

Germany was once famous for making rules. In the 1960s, we went liberal in a rather orderly sort of way. Now, we aren’t quite sure. But as I stand on an upper floor of the Reichstag looking down over the lawn stretching from the Reichstag towards the brand new Chancellory (known as the washing machine), I see that something is stirring. Little men in blue workmen’s outfits are erecting a metal fence around the lawn. People, you see, have been walking on it.

They used to do more than walk on it. The patch of…

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