West Germany: The Sincere Chancellor

At home Chancellor Ludwig Erhard was under heavy attack from the Socialist opposition as a bungler who had failed his first serious foreign political test. Abroad, Erhard was being vilified by Israel and Egypt as a spineless weakling and a conniving betrayer. Erhard could well have answered, "Meinen Sie mich [Who, me]?"

Grieved Posture. The root cause of the uproar was basically none of Erhard's doing. When he took office in 1963, Erhard inherited a secret arms deal negotiated three years earlier between Israel's Premier David Ben-Gurion and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

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