World: Jester in Striped Pants

THOUGH they may disagree with his policies, foreign diplomats will find it difficult to dislike West Germany's new Foreign Minister. Affable and engaging, Walter Scheel, who is also the leader of the Free Democratic Party, has the relaxed manner and quick wit of a Rhinelander. An adept mime, he delights in performing creditable imitations of other West German politicians. He loves to tell jokes, often making himself the butt. At a recent ball in West Berlin, for example, he showed up wearing a hand-lettered sign on his lapel that read in English: "Kiss...

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