West Germany: Bonn Homme

Bavarians are a clannish lot, devoted to their native soil. One Bavarian member of the federal Bundestag, Socialist Waldemar von Knoringen, became so despondent in Bonn — 265 miles from home — that he would dial long-distance just to hear the operator's tape-recorded voice say "Munich, Munich, Munich."

Also Bavarian, but of another breed, is West German Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss, 46, who has always seemed willing to trade Munich for Bonn — and who, in the view of his detractors, had his eye on the Palais Schaumburg, residence of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

Prospects Dim. Less than a year ago,...

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