West Germany Reconsiders

When conservative West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl wrested power from the Social Democratic-led coalition of Helmut Schmidt more than three months ago, he took pains to emphasize his commitment to NATO's missile deployment plans. So did Kohl's new partner, the centrist Free Democratic Party (F.D.P.), which had been instrumental in causing the collapse of the Schmidt government by forming a new partnership with Kohl's Christian Democratic Union (C.D.U.) and its sister party, the Christian Social Union (C.S.U.). Now, just five weeks before West Germans go to the polls in national elections on March...

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