WEST GERMANY: Socialist Switch

Election year in West Germany is producing some strange surprises. Last week, after seven years of stubborn resistance to the Western alliance and all its works and most of its ways, West Germany's opposition Socialists declared themselves ready to accept NATO.

This change of heart emerged from a Bundestag foreign-policy debate widely touted and televised as a keynote for the coming election campaign. The ruling Christian Democrats set out to show how wide the gap was between the government's foreign policy and the "reckless" ideas of the Socialists. Foreign Minister Heinrich von Brentano led off confidently.

"The federal government is resolved...

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