Diplomacy: Fatigue at the Top

West German Chancellor Willy Brandt has had less than three months to apply his Ostpolitik, so it is hardly surprising that he has not yet achieved any significant relaxation of tensions in Central Europe. Last week, in fact, Moscow stiffened its attitude toward Bonn by endorsing Walter Ulbricht's demand for full diplomatic recognition of East Germany. One effect of Brandt's initiatives toward the East, however, has been all too apparent: the exhaustion of ranking West German diplomats.

Besieged by requests for talks from Russia, Poland, East Germany and Czechoslovakia, and involved in Common Market negotiations as well, the West German Foreign...

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