GERMANY: Spirit of the Front Line

For a few days it looked as if Berlin had lost its staunchest defender against Communism, indomitable Mayor Ernst Reuter.

During elections in West Berlin last month, Reuter's Social Democratic Party failed to regain its long-standing majority, captured only 61 out of 127 seats in the city's House of Representatives. The other seats went to a coalition of Christian Democrats and Free Democrats, who put up their own candidate for mayor, a hardworking but uninspiring politician named Walter Schreiber. The House of Representatives, which by Berlin law elects the mayor, took a...

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