WEST GERMANY: Starting All Over

One bright morning last week the highest ranking Soviet official ever to visit the young German Federal Republic stepped down from a silvery Tu-104 jet airliner in Frankfurt, and in his honor West Germany grudgingly broke out the Soviet Russian flag. First Deputy Premier Anastas I. Mikoyan had come to sign the $750 million, three-year trade agreement recently negotiated between Bonn and Moscow (TIME, April 21). As the ink dried on his signature, Mikoyan delivered a short and pointed speech: "If the American crisis continues it will have its effect on Europe....

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