West Germany: The Bitter Hours

Early this month. West German politicians were confident of three things: 1) that Chancellor Konrad Adenauer would resign next fall, 2) that he would be replaced by popular Economics Minister Ludwig Erhard. and 3) that ex-Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss was finished as a national figure because of his involvement in the Spiegel crisis.

Last week they were not so sure. Asked in a TV interview with CBS's Daniel Schorr about his plans, Adenauer replied: "What can I say when I don't know who my successor will be? The calendar date for my retirement has not been...

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