BERLIN: The Competitors

However the situation was labeled—competitive coexistence, peaceful coattrition or simply cold war—East and West were ranged around Berlin last week in the same old postures. The Russians were back on the attack, but the free nations were not without their defenses.

The objective of Soviet conduct is to make Russia's East German satellite look like a sovereign state with which West Germany would be compelled to deal if the German nation is ever to be reunified.

To inflate the stature of their stooges, the Russians slipped them some of their supervisory chores, notably the issuing of permits for the canal barges...

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