Faced with new and serious concerns at home over another terrorist murder, the West German government has rather suddenly also been thrust into a number of new international squabbles.
Bonn's Foreign Mininstry today sharply rejected news reports from Belgrade alleging that West Germany was undermining Western unity at the 35-nation Europeans security conference by privately displaying more willingness than its allies to compromise with the Soviet bloc on key is sues that could limit the duration of the conference or of detailed work on human rights.
Bonn called these reports "an attempt to stir up trouble" within the Atlantic Alliance.
In Moscow, the Soviet news agency Tass has accused West Germany of avoiding "answering questions raised by the public about the potential slationing of U.S. neutron weapons on West Germany oil." The lengthy Soviet commentary on this issue, directed at the West Germans rather than the Americans, may signal tepped up Soviet pressure on Bonn to thwart U.S. plans.
In France, participation by West German anti-nuclear demonstrations in violence two days ago at a nuclear power plant construction site has caused strains between the two countries, at least on an official level. The statement by the French security officer charged with protecting the site that France had been "invaded" for a second time by Germany although denounced in the French press had touched in sensitive nerce here.
Despite improvement in the value of the dollar on foreign currency markets this week. There is lingering ill-feeling more over the actions of U.S. Treasury Secretary Michael Blumen Tresury Secretary. Michale Blumenthal, who most European bankers behaved liberately allowed the dollar to drop sharply last week as pressure tactic, specifically against West Germany.
It is against this backdrop that West German Finance Minister Hans Apel will confer with Blumenthal this weekend in Paris at an International Monetary Fund meeting. The season may be especially candid. Since both West German and Swiss officals have pointed out that new Internationl Monetary fund rules are specifically designed to prevent manipulation of exchange rates by members manipulation of exchange rates by members and public statements by officials that could bring trade advantages.