Three weeks ago the Communist regime of East Germany began to insist that foreign diplomats show their passports when they crossed between East and West Berlin. Once more, the government's aim was to win recognition of East Berlin as its capital and force Western countries to treat the Berlin Wall as an international border rather than a demarcation line in a city divided by a postwar agreement. The new rule created a diplomatic furor and led to strong protests from the U.S., Britain and France, which still have authority as the occupying powers in the Western part of the city. Some...

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