A One-Man Charm Offensive


ALL SMILES: Fischer's Green Party won the election for Schröder; his charm might win over George W. Bush

The happiest man in the new German government spent last week beaming his impish smile at America. When Joschka Fischer, the Foreign Minister and Green Party leader, wasn't sharing fond memories of kindly G.I.s with American reporters, he was searching for a "window of opportunity" to fly to Washington. The smart money on both sides of the Atlantic had him as peacemaker. Gerhard Schröder may have created this breach but he wasn't going to heal it — he couldn't get close enough to apologize to George W. Bush, and even if he could, talking through translators just wouldn't do. That left...

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