GERMANY: Free Enterprise

To harried Theodore Atanasoff, Bulgarian trade representative, it seemed like a good idea at the time. His trade mission had been sent to Germany last July to buy automobiles, spare parts, shoemaking machines, airplane tires and numerous other articles difficult to acquire in Bulgaria. Not having any dollars for these purposes, but having access to a considerable quantity of fairly good Bulgarian-made cigarets, Atanasoff and his associates decided to bypass the import-export authorities, and deal "directly" on a "practical" basis. Why not? Theirs was not an official military mission such as the Dutch or Swiss had accredited to the...

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