First, Margaret Thatcher. Now, Helmut Kohl?

Just five months ago, after winning reelection on Dec. 2, Helmut Kohl was riding high among his countrymen as the "Chancellor of German unity." Kohl's Germany, in President George Bush's glowing assessment, was the leader of post-cold-war Europe and thus a key partner of the U. S. Now, after eight years in power, Kohl is suddenly fighting for his political survival. His weakening grip threatens to cripple his capacity to govern Germany, let alone provide dynamic leadership in the European Community and NATO. "We have to get through a bad patch," Kohl concedes.

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