Germany: Strain in West Berlin

There is no trouble getting a job in West Berlin. Plants have enough advance orders to keep production lines rolling far into next year. Though it lost all its workers who lived in East Berlin, the electrical industry—which accounts for 30% of West Berlin output—has hardly skipped a beat since the Wall went up just one year ago. Of course some of West Berlin's stimulus is artificial: tax concessions from the Bonn government and wage levels that are lower than in West Germany even make it profitable to barge raw steel into the city from the West, shape it...

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