John Björnebye


Seen from neighboring Norway, where we have a long tradition of brinkmanship, bordering on one superpower and being allied to the other, it seems likely that the new and looser Commonwealth of Independent States to our East will have to pass through several stages before finding a more permanent political identity. And even if the most optimistic scenario prevails, a restructuring of political and economic life in an empire historically unacquainted with democracy will be slow to come