West Germany: The Other Franz Josef

Until the outcry against his high handed policing of the magazine Der Spiegel forced him to resign from Konrad Adenauer's Cabinet 21 years ago, Bavaria's bull-necked Franz Josef Strauss, now 49, was the fair-haired Knabe of Christian Democratic politics.

Even in Munich he has remained a power for Ludwig Erhard to reckon with because he heads the 50 delegates of the Christian Social Union, the C.D.U.'s affiliate in Bavaria. Nonetheless, as Strauss was re-elected C.S.U. leader in Munich last week amid the redolence of wurst, beer and cigar smoke, it was clear...

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