West Berlin: Problems for a Protege

The Wall has long since pulled down the shutters on West Berlin's "show window to the East," robbing the city of its old excitement and sense of purpose. To make matters worse, the West German recession has caused a severe Berlin business slump. On top of all that, Mayor Willy Brandt went to Bonn last December and turned his job over to Heinrich Albertz, a hapless preacher-turned-politician who was unable to rule his own party, let alone the largest (pop. 2,191,000) city in Germany.

Mayor Albertz had been in office only six months when he began to...

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