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and political factors ln East-Heat German Trade
enclosed memorandum reviews theof economic and political factors intrado. Shortly after World War II, WestInterzonal trade ln order to facilitateof Germany, and East Germany consented
in order to obtain essential rawthat were ln short supply In tho Communist countries.
Germany continues to ask*to East Germany in order towith the "other" Germany,art of the Wost German tffort to cultivate marketsEurope. No longer as dependent onsteel and chemicals, East Germany has tended stiffen its political demand* lo sn effortths present Interzonal arrangementstrade sgroe-ents, whichat least the de facto independence of
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