A 'Half-Baked' Deal Former German Chancellor Considered Buying East Germany

Newly released documents from the CIA and State Department suggest that former German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard wanted to purchase German unity from the Soviet Union for around $25 billion. But the Americans didn't take the German leaders suggestion very seriously at the time.
Von Jan Friedmann und Axel Frohn
Fomer German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard in an archive photo: "a half-baked and unrealistic" plan

Fomer German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard in an archive photo: "a half-baked and unrealistic" plan

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