West Germany: Sweet Success

Jovial and popular Economics Minister Ludwig Erhard, after years of patiently and impatiently waiting, last week finally got his party's promise to make him West Germany's next Chancellor. Even Konrad Adenauer had to say yes.

Vice Chancellor since 1957, "Uncle Ludwig" was the architect of the nation's postwar prosperity and by far the Christian Democratic Union's best vote-getter. But Chancellor Adenauer, who hates to give way after 14 years in power, and hates even more to give way to Erhard, thought he could stall off Erhard's formal appointment. At a party meeting last week, Adenauer tried to talk about everything...

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