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Thousands of leftists and pacifists from six European countries demonstrated in West Germany against the formation of a joint West German-French army brigade, police said. The protest in Boeblingen, near Stuttgart, coincided with a meeting nearby of the brigade’s founding complement of 60 officers. A police spokesman said Greens party members, pacifists and trade unionists from West Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Italy took part in the protest. No incidents were reported. The agreement to set up the 4,200-strong unit by 1990 was signed by West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and French President Francois Mitterrand in January.


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