West Germany: Intellectual Smugglers

Prosperity's wand seems to have touched almost every kind of business man in the Common Market — even the smugglers. Europeans have always been adept at slipping all sorts of contraband across their tangle of national boundaries, but the smugglers were usually small-time dealers in such items as coffee and cigarettes. Today's smugglers are sophisticated businessmen who shun 50 lbs. of coffee in favor of 50 tons of steel, or deal in complex electronic calculators rather than cigarettes. Nowhere in Europe do these "white-collar smugglers" thrive more than in West Germany,...

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