EAST GERMANY: The Price of Recognition

On the eve of winning the international recognition they have sought for 23 years, the East Germans were acting with peculiar furtiveness about their diplomatic coup. Last week West Germany's foreign policy troubleshooter Egon Bahr, newly named Minister for Special Tasks, arrived in East Berlin to sign the basic treaty providing for formal diplomatic relations between the two states. He was whisked by fast car from Schönefeld Airport to the Council of Ministers building for a hasty signing ceremony with East German State Secretary Michael Kohl. The event was carried live on...

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