Where Germany Has Never Been Before

Germany, led by its generation of '68, has finally found itself comfortable with its allies, its power and even itself.

Issue: Summer 1999

In the fall of 1998, the career of Helmut Kohl, Germany's apparent
chancellor-in-perpetuity, was terminated after sixteen years in
power. Only Prince Bismarck, with nineteen years at the helm of the
Second Reich, had ruled Germany longer. The defeat of the sixty-eight
year-old chancellor ended not just a political cycle of extraordinary
length. October 27, 1998, the day Gerhard Schroeder was sworn in as
the Federal Republic's seventh chancellor, marked the end of an era
in German history.

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