GERMANY: Reckless Opposition

It was the bitter, contentious week before Der Tag (Feb. 24), the day when the West German Bundestag opens its final debate on German rearmament. Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, secure in his huge parliamentary majority, was "100% certain" that the Paris accords would be ratified. Yet he and his Cabinet colleagues were stumping the countryside, pleading with the German people to abide by the Parliament's decision and accept the call to arms when it came. Crisscrossing the Chancellor's path and blackening his policies were the Social Democrats (SPD) in full cry. The Socialists'...

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