America Abroad: Bringing Kohl Down to Earth

Bringing Kohl Down to Earth

Helmut Kohl deserves credit for what is happening in Germany, but not quite as much as his occasionally bumptious demeanor suggests. He's in some danger of becoming the Goodyear blimp of the international diplomatic circuit, soaring above everyone from Houston to Zheleznovodsk, inflated with the self- satisfaction of a politician on a roll. He is that, of course, but he ought to be more. And less. The world is watching not because Kohl is leading his Christian Democratic Union into an election later this year but because his country is triumphing over two of the great curses of this century, fascism...

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