West Germany: Count Down

A Minister is accused

As if the nuclear missile issue were not worrisome enough for West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, he faced the possibility last week of losing one of his key ministers as the result of a long-simmering financial scandal. After two years of investigation, Bonn Public Prosecutor Franzbruno Eulencamp announced that his office planned to indict Economics Minister Count Otto Lambsdorff on charges of bribery and corruption. Also accused were former Economics Minister Hans Friderichs, now chairman of West Germany's second-ranking Dresdner Bank, and three other officials. Eulencamp asked the...

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