September 24, 1989
Following your excellent coverage of the events taking place in Eastern Europe, especially the escape of the hundreds or thousands of young East Germans from Hungary to the West, I am reliving the moments of joy and euphoria that I felt when I escaped from Hungary to Austria with my brother during the night of Nov. 24, 1956. It is an indescribable feeling that can only be compared to giving birth to a child. I am very proud of Hungary and would like to thank Austria for helping the refugees of Eastern Europe all these years.
August 20, 1991
The hard-liners who seized power in the Kremlin have long lamented the Soviets' losing control of Eastern Europe. But whether a Soviet invasion is likely remains open to question. Soviet troops have withdrawn or are in process of withdrawing from Eastern European nations, which would make it difficult to launch a military operation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1989
I have been very pleased with your extensive coverage this year of the rapid changes occurring in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union concerning both domestic and foreign policy. Several times, however, I have been bothered by historical inaccuracies in articles discussing the so-called Brezhnev Doctrine. The idea of limited sovereignty (circumscribed by the U.S.S.R.) in Eastern Europe does not stem solely from Brezhnev's justification of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
October 30, 1990
Working-level representatives of the world's 24 wealthiest industrial countries assemble today in the Belgian capital to decide how to apportion $272 million in aid to the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe. High on the agenda will be whether to add Romania to the list of recipient nations, which now includes Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.
October 8, 2006
I almost wish Susan Spano had not written "Budapest, So Nouveau" [Unexplored Europe, Oct. 1]. I just kind of hope too many Americans don't discover it. I've had nothing but delightful multiple trips the past several years to Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland. Having first seen several of these countries as a college student in 1970, it's been a delight to see them now and watch them reawaken. Where so much of Western Europe looks as it does here in the U.S., with vast freeways and mega-malls, to visit Eastern Europe is to step back in time to a slower pace, beautiful, mostly untouched countrysides, and to meet genuinely warm people.
July 2, 1995
Reversing a policy that it has followed since the Berlin Wall fell, Avis Germany is now letting travelers take cars into most Eastern European countries. Auto Europe, a car rental reservation service based in Portland, Maine, is also permitting its cars to make the trip. Most major rental car companies have not allowed their vehicles to be taken from Western to Eastern Europe since 1989 because of the high rate of theft.