West Germany: Playing It Safe

In the two years since he took command of the Christian Democratic Union and the nation from Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor Ludwig Erhard has been widely accused of uninspired leadership. Yet when he formally kicked off his first campaign for office this week at a rally in Dortmund's vast Westfalenhalle, he appeared the man most likely to succeed when the nation goes to the polls on Sept. 19.

Main reason, of course, is his popularity with the huge mass of voters less interested in political brilliance than in having a solid man at...

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