Kohl Wins His Way

A united nation within his grasp, the German leader will never be underestimated again

Waving expansively at the snow-topped Caucasus Mountains, Mikhail Gorbachev observed with a grin that he and Chancellor Helmut Kohl were already in the foothills and wanted "to develop our relations further upward." After two days of talks, their cordiality escalated to outright chumminess. They emerged from a resort lodge in sweaters and open-necked shirts to stroll bantering through the fields and flowers of the Russian countryside. At the resort spa of Zheleznovodsk, they jubilantly announced that they had swept aside the last significant obstacles to uniting Germany by the end of the year. Yes, Gorbachev said, a unified Germany could join...

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