The World: Not a Pfennig

Many NATO diplomats are somewhat dismayed by West German Finance Minister Helmut Schmidt's views on helping to pay U.S. troop costs in Europe. Schmidt's position: "Not a pfennig."

The biennial negotiations on new terms for the U.S.-West German offset agreements are to start within a matter of weeks, since the current agreement expires at the end of June. According to one reliable diplomatic source, Schmidt has been in " an unusually arrogant mood." In what may or or may not be a negotiating tactic, he told other officials that congressional sentiment in favor of the...

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