West Germany: A Bid for Better Relations

As troubles mount at home, Kohl prepares to visit Washington

Ever since Helmut Kohl came to power just over a month ago, the new Chancellor has insisted that West German ties with the U.S. would continue to be "the cornerstone of the Federal Republic's foreign policy." That continuity was symbolized by the presence in the Cabinet of Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher, the Free Democratic Party leader who served in the same post under Kohl's predecessor, Helmut Schmidt, and who has been a staunch defender of U.S. leadership in the troubled Atlantic...

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