A One-Two Punch Rattles Germany

Genscher's resignation trips an unexpected row over his successor

THE WEST'S LONGEST-SERVING FOREIGN MINISTER called it quits last week. Hans- Dietrich Genscher, 65, announced that he would leave office on May 17, the 18th anniversary of his ascent to the job -- but he offered no compelling explanation. There was no mention of health problems, although he has a history of coronary trouble and tuberculosis. He did not hint at a falling-out with Chancellor Helmut Kohl, although over the years they have had many disagreements. And he disavowed interest in another high-profile post, although rumors are rife that he longs to cap his political career with the German presidency. Some...

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