World: Prussian Maverick

It was one of the most remarkable statements in support of the developing countries of the Third World that delegates to the United Nations General Assembly had ever heard. It called the present rate of aid from rich to poor "appalling" and criticized the industrial nations, notably the U.S., Britain and West Germany, for impeding the creation of a "new economic order." Significantly, the speaker was West Germany's own Baron Rüdiger von Wechmar in his inaugural address upon his election as President of the General Assembly.

The dramatic debut was in keeping with von Wechmar's reputation as an independent-minded maverick as well...

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