Long an economic superpower, West Germany is beginning to flex its political muscle. But the key to Bonn's future lies not in resurgent nationalism, but in the larger context of a united Europe. There is no longer any doubt which nation is the "mover and shaker" in Western Europe today. It is West Germany, hands down. Bonn's growing prestige and power were graphically revealed in the story behind the dramatic decision reached this past July by the heads of the nine nation European Community on how to distribute seats for a new, directly elected European Parliament. For a while, it appeared that it was going to be "business as usual" by the Nine as they haggled back and forth over the right formula - so typical of the way every big decision in the 18-year history of the European Common Market has been reached.
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