West Germany: Renewal on the Rhine

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Like West Germany itself, the massive grey and golden eagle that hung above the rostrum of the Bundestag looked pleasantly plump, more mercantile than martial and, with its blunted wings and studded breast, convincingly contemporary. Beneath it last week the 17-year-old Federal Republic of Germany swore in a new Chancellor whose accession to power marks the close of the postwar chapter of Germany's history and the birth of a new spirit and a new approach to the world for its 57 million people.

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