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The energy of its mayor (6) is insufficient and anyway not of a character to bridge the gap separating a Soviet-style economy -- now virtual, but on which the everyday condition of the majority continues to rest -- from a new economy with brazen promises but little suited to revitalizing the social fabric at any deep level or taking over from the old order The other city has a fever, or rather a cheerful febrility in which rulers and population are entitled to believe that anything is possible.
The new timetable is characterised be an effort to increase momentum, a response to negotiators' febrility and the indeed concern regarding the slow pace of their work.