West Germany: Niggling Response

When the Germans last fall gave a dusty answer to U.S. pleas for help in redressing the U.S. loss of gold, many U.S.

officials figured that the Germans were shrewdly saving their concessions for the new administration. Last week Economic Affairs Minister Ludwig Erhard knocked these hopeful expectations flatter than a Flensburg flounder. His big black cigar jutting out of his pink-cheeked face, Erhard formally handed U.S. Ambassador Walter Dowling a seven-page financial aid plan that called for little or no real contributions from Germany's overstuffed pocketbook.

The Germans said that they would be willing to help out by making...

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