West Germany: Socialist Showdown

Gone from the hall in Bad Godesberg were the usual red flags with which West Germany's Socialist party has always announced its allegiance to the workers. Instead, as the Socialists met in emergency session last week, they faced decorations of totally nonpolitical yellow chrysanthemums. The switch was both intentional and symbolic. The leaders of the Social Democrats are trying to turn the world's oldest Socialist party (104 years) into a more broadly based "people's party." The trouble with the effort is that it has raised a storm of protest from the trade...

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