The Germanys The Honeymoon Is Over

Amid fears of economic chaos, the East embraces unity -- but not without qualms

Like two lovers confronted by the practical realities of marriage, East and West Germany are having a bout of prenuptial nerves. Though the two countries will not formally tie the knot until Oct. 3 -- the earliest practicable date -- the euphoria of unification has given way to a summer of unemployment, rising prices and political disillusionment. Both sides remain firmly committed to the merger, but East Germans have begun to fret over the economic disintegration of their country and West Germans worry about the price of preventing it.

The growing discontent in the East was manifest last week when more...

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