Foreign Relations: Repairing the Alliance

FOREIGN RELATIONS

When West Germans were polled recently on which nation they regarded as their country's best political and economic friend, 67% named the U.S.* The results, released last week, came as something of a surprise to Washington, which over the past year has felt increasingly estranged from its most powerful NATO ally.

For its part, Bonn has been nettled by such touchy issues as the future of U.S. troop commitments in Western Europe, West Germany's attempts to formalize relations with Communist countries in the East, and the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which many...

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