Out of Bonn last week came news that surprised nobody: the nomination of West Berlin's personable Mayor Willy Brandt, 46. as the Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor in next year's West German elections. Hungry for office—they have not won a single federal election since the West German Republic was established in 1949—the Socialists had turned, logically enough, to the man whom a recent public-opinion poll rated even more popular with West Germans of voting age than 84-year-old Chancellor Konrad Adenauer himself.

Along with a new face, the Social Democrats put forward a new policy, designed to convert West German Socialism...

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