EAST GERMANY: Indispensable Satellite

"Let's be honest. No one really wants German reunification. No one!"

—Nikita Khrushchev to a West German Socialist delegation.

While Western diplomats and editorialists continued to discuss terms by which Russia might be persuaded to unify Germany, all signs indicated that Khrushchev has no intention of giving up control of his half. Communist economic blueprints under the new seven-year plan point plainly to East Germany's assigned role as the industrial heart of the satellite bloc:

¶ On the Baltic coast at Warnemünde, docks are being built to establish one of the world's largest ports. It will be open to Soviet shipping this year....

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