Germany's Gridlock And Disillusionment

You covered the economic woes of Germany but missed the underlying political causes of the slump ("Germany: Is reunification failing?" International Business, Nov. 15). In the years just prior to the fall of the Wall, many seasoned politicians in the Bundestag were replaced by younger representatives who had won their seats by serving their political parties and not the country. Their inflexibility and aversion to practical solutions has meant total gridlock on everything from illegal aliens to supporting the U.N. militarily. Decisions, when they came at all, were usually dealt out by the Supreme Court and not the legislature.

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