East Germany: Now You See It, Now You. . .

Now You See It, Now You. . .

With the economy in collapse and unification less than two months away, East Germany's government last week began a slide to oblivion. Prime Minister Lothar de Maiziere dismissed two leading Cabinet ministers and accepted the resignation of two others, throwing into disarray the broad coalition that has ruled the country since its first democratic elections last spring.

De Maiziere's ousting of his Finance Minister Walter Romberg and Agriculture Minister Peter Pollack, both backed by the rival Social Democrats, was an attempt to shift blame for East Germany's enormous economic woes onto the SPD. But those firings, along with the departures of...

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