West Germany: The Holdout

When London's New Statesman offered a prize for the most sensational headline, some wits felt that the winning entry should be ADENAUER DEAD.

Last week, smiling and erect at 86, the incredibly durable Alte seemed livelier than ever as he rose to address the Christian Democratic party conference at Dortmund. His major concern clearly was the pack of daily rumors and counter-rumors about when he would retire. "I should like to speak a word about this very openly," declared Adenauer, admitting that he had written a letter just before last September's elections ruling...

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