WEST GERMANY: Cutting Costs

As West Germany's President Theodor Heuss went about Washington on a genial state visit, the West German government last week informed the U.S. that it is no longer prepared to pay any costs of supporting U.S. troops in Germany. Bonn's note, described as "blunt," was not made public. Reportedly, the Germans explained that their recent $100 million troop-cost settlement with Britain (TIME, April 28) was simply an act of mutual aid to a NATO ally in economic difficulties and hence could not be regarded as a precedent for further payments to the...