DIPLOMACY: The Chancellor Comes Calling

Worries about a defense commitment and a detente policy

The mood was somber, almost melancholy, and the parting was a bit like two boxers shaking hands at the end of a bruising fight. After lunch and a final talk in the White House last week, President Carter cordially thanked his guest for the "very fruitful and constructive relationship" they had had. West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, in turn, praised Carter's "friendship, help and candor." The words were the warmest that the two men had spoken publicly about each other during four years of an intensely strained relationship. Said one...

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