West Germany: Troubles amid Tributes

Congratulations flooded into Bonn from all around the world last week as Konrad Adenauer celebrated his 85th birthday. A score of grandchildren romped through his official residence as the Chancellor stood for seven hours sipping champagne and cracking little jokes with a rigorously marshaled throng of well-wishers. It was a famous tribute to the maker of modern Germany, the world's oldest ruling leader, the redoubtable favorite to win a fourth term as Chancellor in 1961.

Yet in the midst of all these festivities, der Alte was a deeply disquieted man. In the West, the U.S. seemed to him adrift in...

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