AUSTRIA: Comes Herr Figl

Austria's Dr. Karl Renner, the veteran Social Democrat whom Russia had placed in power, last week resigned as Chancellor. The Volkspartei, victorious at the elections (TIME, Dec. 3) was busy organizing a new multi-party Cabinet. The incoming Chancellor, slender, pleasant, subtle, 43, was a man few Austrians knew much about until the Allied victory in Europe. His name: Leopold Figl.

Figl had played a minor role in pre-Anschluss politics. Politically to the left of Dollfuss, he was never close to the inner circle of Dollfuss' Christian Social Party. A peasant-born agronomist, Figl was a director of the Catholic Bauernbund (farmer's association)...