The Man Who Would Be Chancellor

If Helmut Kohl replaces Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor, West Germans may notice be shift in political substance soon enough, but the change in style will be immediate. Towering (6 ft. 4 in.), bespectacled and multijowled, Kohl has a folksy manner that contrasts sharply with the coolly autocratic air of the donnish Schmidt. Unlike the Chancellor, who is a first-rate orator in both German and English, Kohl has an unfortunate tendency, as one journalist put it, to use "ten sentences when one will do." And if Schmidt is ill at ease among crowds, Kohl...

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