West Germany: A New Way Of Thinking

A New Way Of Thinking

No one could ever accuse West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl of being unduly sympathetic toward Moscow, but as he began his second term last week, Kohl softened his stand. Speaking before the Bundestag, he noted that Gorbachev "speaks of a 'new way of thinking' in the Soviet Union" and added, "We take him at his word." Kohl also vowed to urge the superpowers to agree to the withdrawal of intermediate-range nuclear missiles from Europe.

Kohl's attitude reflects West German public opinion. In a recent poll, 67% of the Chancellor's Christian Democratic Party voters said they believed Gorbachev's arms proposals were sincere....