GERMANY: Frost Is Forming Along the Wall

A not-so-Communist manifesto hurts East-West relations

The signs of East Germany's icy displeasure were unmistakable. Bound for East Berlin on a private visit, West German Christian Democratic Party Leader Helmut Kohl and three aides last weekend routinely handed over their passports at the Friedrichstrasse checkpoint near the Berlin Wall; there a squad of gray-coated Grenzpolizei, the Communist border guards, brusquely barred their way. Kohl had crossed the Wall several times in the past, but this time he was forced to wait at the checkpoint for an hour and then was told that his visit was "undesirable." Although the Bonn government protested...

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