West Germany: In Spite of Himself

Ludwig Erhard, who turned 69 last week, has neither skill nor stomach for back-room politics, relies instead on his formidable success as a university-trained economist to hold the favor of West German voters. Now, however, he is caught in a dreadful dilemma: he may have to take up Parteipolitik in self-defense.

His problem has to do with the chairmanship of the party he rode (or carried) to power, the Christian Democratic Union. Canny old Konrad Adenauer clung to the job even after he stepped down as Chancellor nearly three years ago at the age of 87, and has used the post...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!