West Germany: Socialists Gaining

After 30 years in the political wilder ness, West German Socialists excitedly glimpsed the Promised Land — victory in next year's national elections. The chances are still limited, but they are better than ever before.

To the party convention delegates gathered in Karlsruhe last week, all the indices looked good. Their leaders had transformed a blue-collar, militant workers' movement into a broad-based, respectable middle-class party that hard ly ever mentions Marx. Alone or in coalition, Socialists now rule five of West Germany's eleven states and 48 of the nation's biggest cities. In...

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