West Germany: Adenaullism

When Konrad Adenauer stepped down as West Germany's Chancellor last October, the Christian Democrats who took over hoped that he would fade into political oblivion. Not a prayer. Der .Alte has not hesitated to snipe at the policies of his successor. Last week he bounced right back into center stage. In the first open challenge to Ludwig Erhard's leadership, Adenauer berated his successor for rejecting the "complete union" of France and West Germany that Charles de Gaulle had proffered in Bonn earlier in the month.

Backed by other powerful "Gaullists" in the...