WEST GERMANY: Presidents Without Precedent

In Bonn last week scholarly, white-haired Professor Theodor Heuss, 75, stepped down after serving his constitutional limit of two five-year terms in the largely honorific office of President of West Germany. By so doing, he added a page to German history: never before had the German people witnessed the spectacle of an elected chief of state peaceably surrendering power to his duly elected successor.*

At a televised joint session of Parliament, scholarly, white-haired Dr. Heinrich Lübke, 64, onetime West German Agriculture Minister and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's hand-picked choice (TIME, June 29 et...

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