West Germany: Getting Down to Work

Kohl faces old problems and new challenges

"It's business as usual here." So said an aide to West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl last I week, and in one sense it was. After a smashing election triumph, the newly affirmed leader of Western Europe's richest and most strategic nation was going out of his way to take a relaxed approach to victory. On the day following the election, Kohl's staff conference began, as usual, at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Bonn's low-slung, glass-and-steel chancellery. The Chancellor kept to his daily appointments. The biggest change in staff routine...

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