West Germany: The New Voters

A truism loudly trumpeted by West German politicians these days is that the nation's youth can no longer be blamed for the crimes or the mistaken beliefs of its elders. But what does youth believe in? Since 3,078,000 Germans born between 1940 and 1944 will be eligible to vote for the first time next fall in what seems likely to be a close election, both Ludwig Erhard's Christian Democrats and Willy Brandt's Social Democrats would love to know. Last week their strategists were poring over the 200-page digest of a report on German youth prepared by the Ministry of...

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