GERMANY: The Radicals Issue

DEAR GOD, MAKE ME COWER SO THAT I CAN GET INTO THE PUBLIC SERVICE. So proclaimed banners carried through the streets of Bonn last week by some of the 15,000 long-haired, jeans-clad students who had poured into the capital for a peaceful protest against a variety of university and government measures. The target of those particular banners was a four-year-old government decree aimed at keeping potential subversives out of public service jobs. Universally known as the Radikalenerlass (radicals' decree), its tough guidelines have actually barred a mere 428 job applicants out of...

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