Foreign News: Blackmail

East Germany's Reds needed machinery and tools from West Germany to bolster their lagging Five Year Plan. This is how they went about getting it:

Four weeks ago they stopped trucks leaving West Berlin for Germany's West zone, demanded a toll of $75 a round trip to pay for "road upkeep." They had already cut off the Berlin-Mittelland barge canal for "repairs" and hampered railway parcel-post shipments on still another pretext. Meanwhile, Red negotiators sat down with West German officials to talk about a new trade agreement between East and West Germany.

Last week, Bonn signed the one-year treaty the Reds wanted,...

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