AUSTRIA: Democracy Wins

Tiny Austria, hemmed in by Soviet satellites and still an occupied country, voted again last week to stay democratic and to stand with the West.

Two main parties fought for the people's favor: the anti-Communist Socialists and Chancellor Leopold Figl's Catholic People's Party. Nineteen years ago, Catholics and Socialists fought a bitter civil war, but since 1945 the threat of Communism has forced them into uneasy alliance.

The election became necessary when the Socialists bolted Figl's coalition because they felt they could not accept rearmament at the expense of their social welfare program.

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