Kohl Prods The Giant

On a cold January morning in Berlin, the outlook for the new year is grim. By 9 a.m., hundreds of anxious job-seekers have already gathered in the city's nine unemployment offices, filling waiting rooms with a haze of cigarette smoke. Since Germany's unification, east Berlin's unemployment rate has climbed close to 13%. And to many of Berlin's new jobless, Chancellor Helmut Kohl is to blame. "He is letting the smaller people down," grieves Detlef, a 34-year-old warehouseman who lost his job a year ago.

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