Helping Moscow See the Light

Intent on a unified Germany within NATO, Washington and Bonn seek a formula -- and a price tag -- to satisfy the Soviets

As German unification barrels down the express track, one thing might slow it: Moscow's ever louder refusal to countenance one Germany in NATO. Last week's summit underscored the Soviet Union's deep wariness of its former enemy and its difficulty digesting the fact that East Germans will wind up in the Western military alliance. At the same time, Washington and Bonn agree that the unified Germany must remain firmly entrenched in NATO.

Despite considerable posturing on the issue by both George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, it is increasingly evident that the solution lies not just with Washington and Moscow but also with...

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