GERMANY: Fiasco

The issue in Berlin's quadripartite municipal elections had been clearly drawn between the Russian-backed SED (Socialist Unity Party) and three other parties (Social Democrats, Christian Democrats and Liberals) which had U.S.British sympathy. The SED was crushingly beaten.

The election's most dramatic conflict was between the SED and the Social Democrats. On the surface they were both Socialist workingmen's parties (said one cynical Berlin-voter: "Don't vote for either of them, they both know what they want. Vote CDU or LDP, they don't know what they want and won't bother us").

But the gulf...

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