World Of Business On Your Marks . . .

Get set? Maybe. Go? Not yet. West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's call for immediate talks about making the West German mark the common currency of both Germanys has added a new ingredient to the bubbling brew of unification discussion. Like Kohl's other efforts to seize the initiative, it drew a mixed reception. One skeptical voice was that of the Deutsche Bundesbank, legally responsible for protecting the value of the currency. But Kohl's proposal also jolted the average West German into awareness that unification has its price, payable in deutsche marks.

To be sure, Kohl is calling for talks, not presenting a...

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