The Germanys A Westerner for the East

De Maiziere picks a can-do capitalist from across the border for the daunting task of rejuvenating his country's flaccid economy

Question: In a country that for more than four decades has known nothing but central planning and its attendant inefficiencies and sluggishness, where do you find a manager who can transform the economy into a free market, bustling and lean?

Answer: You don't. You look abroad.

That is the conclusion reached by Lothar de Maiziere, the leader of the Christian Democratic Union, who is likely to become East Germany's Prime Minister when a newly convened parliament forms a government next week. For the post of Economics Minister, De Maiziere has designated Elmar Pieroth, a + prominent economist in West Germany and...

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