WEST GERMANY: Test Case in Berlin

Without the slightest air of suspense, the hand-picked candidate -of Konrad Adenauer was elected President of West Germany last week. He is Heinrich Liibke, 64, Adenauer's obscure Minister of Agriculture, who when apprised of his nomination last month said: "I don't think I am cut out for this very high office. I shall have to force myself to cope with it." But, badly split following the resounding feud between Adenauer and Economics Minister Ludwig Erhard, the Christian Democrats were in dire need of an uncontroversial candidate for the high, if largely ceremonial, office of President.

At first, there had been...

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