The Nation: The President Entertains the Chancellor

WILLY BRANDT'S two-day visit with President Nixon last week almost began on the wrong foot. A soldier narrowly escaped injury when the door of the presidential helicopter was lowered on him as he smoothed the red carpet for the West German Chancellor's arrival. The talks, one of a series with allied leaders before Nixon's trips to Peking and Moscow, produced the now-familiar pomp and reassuring communiqués, but were in fact of special significance. In pursuit of his Ostpolitik, Brandt has become the Western leader most familiar with the opportunities and trials of negotiating...

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