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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 15/11/2006

Peter Zilahy on the traffic jam in Europe

Hungarian author Peter Zilahy has moved to Berlin. On his way there he got stuck in a traffic jam and spent the time meditating on the Germans and Europe. "The convoy moves forward as if driven by a collective will. But nobody is here because he thinks hanging out on this legendary German motorway is a good way to spend a summer afternoon – although it was built in the 1930s and has witnessed more historical events than any other in Europe. So there we sit, trapped in a moment that seems so unhistorical it almost hurts, and yet we've still created what is probably the most vivid image since reunification; a wonderful metaphor: the German autobahn, which has no speed limit and yet slows everyone down to the point where they can't help but arrive safely at their destination. Is this the secret of Europe's future?"

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