West Germany: Sniping at Erhard

Troubles have been piling up for Ludwig Erhard ever since his Christian Democrats suffered a severe setback in July's state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. Critics inside and outside his own party have blamed him for everything from a revolt within Germany's top military command to the sinking of an overage U-boat in the North Sea.

Not even a mission to the White House seemed to stem the anti-Erhard muttering. In fact, as he stepped from the Lufthansa jet that brought him home from Washington a fortnight ago, Erhard was greeted by a blaze of unsettling headlines. They spoke of closed-door...

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