Germany: A Problem of Patience

Though he is a health faddist who takes plenty of exercise (gymnastics, hikes, pingpong) and abstains from alcohol and tobacco, East Germany's Walter Ulbricht is frequently rumored to be ailing. Last week, at his first international press conference in nine years, the 76-year-old party boss looked surprisingly pink of cheek and spry of limb to the 400 foreign newsmen who flocked to East Berlin's modernistic Council of Ministers Building.

Ulbricht's purpose in calling the press conference: to reply to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's proposal that the two Germanys enter into negotiations...

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