WEST GERMANY: Unhooking the Locomotive

The sudden resignation of Karl Schiller could hardly have come at a worse time for Willy Brandt. Since his parliamentary majority has evaporated, he is committed to holding new federal elections in November. Schiller's departure is likely to hurt Brandt's chances of again defeating the powerful Christian Democrats and their Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, since he is losing what Germans call an "election locomotive." The slim and still boyish professor, who rescued the West German economy from its 1967 recession, pulled in the votes in the last federal election, which...

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