World: The Oldest Young Man

The man picked as West Germany's new Foreign Minister is a tall, smoothly handsome Saarlander who owes his job and much of his political style to Konrad Adenauer. But Gerhard Schröder, 51, is far more insular than the Chancellor, has at best an opportunist's interest in European unity. Though his views may change in office, Schröder is loosely allied to West Germany's "new nationalism," which holds that the time has come for the young and powerful nation to assert its own voice in international affairs, relying on its allies only for the nuclear might to back it up. Most dubious...

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