GERMANY: The Centre

The morning post brought into Berlin last week an envelope with a CzechoSlovakian postage stamp and the postmark "Marienbad." It contained a brief note from Josef Wirth, onetime (1920) Chancellor, to his party, the Centre or Catholic Party.

"True to my line of policy in the Reichstag, I have the honor to inform you that I withdraw from the Centrist party and in the future will consider myself representing the Republican and Socialist wing."

Thus the former leader severed his connection abruptly, precipitately. And what was the cause? For the past few months the...

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