GERMANY: Clean Sweep

A small group of men worked quietly in the dark outside West Germany's Parliament building in Bonn one night last week. They were filling an empty truck with the files, documents and official papers of 14 Communist delegates who had just been voted out of their seats (and their office space) in Germany's legislature.

The housecleaning was symbolic of a clean sweep that overtook Germany's whole political household in the huge (86% of all eligible voters) turnout of last week's general election. With one sweep of the electoral broom, some 28 million German...

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