January 16, 1959

EAST AND WEST: New York, 15 – The first deputy premier of the Soviet Union, Anastas Mikoyan, has proposed a summit meeting between the East and West to settle all differences separating the two blocs, something that he said should not be postponed any further. His statement, while visiting the USA, coincided with a report from Moscow that the entire Berlin problem had been revived by Russia for the sole purpose of convening such a meeting. ATHENS AESTHETICS: (From the column «An Athenian’s Notes») – The construction boom which is continuing apace has raised several issues with regard to the city and particularly its appearance. Barring attacks by missiles and bombs in another war, the apartment buildings currently being built will last for a century and will make their mark on the city for several generations. Therefore, they should be the subject of careful architectural design. There have been imitations of styles from other times and other places… I realize that style comprises many factors and that styles are often mixed, but we shouldn’t mix styles that don’t match. It has been said that vinegar is delicious on salad, but that doesn’t mean it should be used in cream.

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