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The good news from Germany is that there is no news. Unemployment soars but the extreme right remains feeble. Josef Joffe says the Weimar syndrome can now be buried

By Josef Joffe   April 1997

Punks have been protesting about some pictures at an exhibition? Elsewhere, this might stimulate optimistic commentary about the state of western culture. If the leather-jacketed kids are attending to highbrow exhibits, even in anger, then all is not lost.

But this is Germany, more precisely Munich, which has to live down its reputation as Hauptstadt der Bewegung (capital of the Nazi movement) in the 1920s. Also, the target of their ire was an exhibition entitled The Crimes of the Wehrmacht, and the punks, actually neo-Nazi skinheads, were not out to battle ideas. They had descended on Munich to intimidate all…

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