West Germany: Legislation & Protest

Unlike their counterparts in France, who boast a staunch ally in labor, West German students must usually go it alone in their stormy protests. But they keep at it just the same, and last week was no exception. At Frankfurt University, 200 members of the Socialist German Students' League barricaded university entrances, surrounded buildings with a tough, red-helmeted picket line and battled anyone who tried to enter classrooms. At Bonn University, 1,000 students boycotted lectures. At more than a dozen other West German universities and colleges, thousands more staged teach-ins and protest marches.

The issue that set off the...