BERLIN: Mr. Mayor

In a chamber still decked in mourning, 120 West Berlin assemblymen met one day last week to elect a successor to the late great Ernst Reuter, mayor of West Berlin. Waiting in the anteroom behind a brace of glowing cigars were two rival candidates: Deputy Mayor Walther Schreiber, 69, a Christian Democrat, and Socialist Otto Suhr, 59, chairman of the assembly. The votes were cast and counted, and for the first time in three years, the "great coalition" that united Berlin behind Reuter's Socialists broke asunder. The right-wing parties (Christian Democrats and...

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