Kohl: Damned If He Does...

The Chancellor's choice: Hang tough on EMU--or appease voters

It's almost as if the water in the government offices of Paris and Bonn contains chemicals that induce self-destructive behavior. First, former French President Jacques Chirac called early elections to cement his power--only to be trounced by the Socialist opposition. Now, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is finding that the goal on which he built his political identity, European monetary union, could cause his government to collapse.

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