WEST GERMANY: Champagne & Silence

In the first flush of his unprecedented electoral third-term victory, Christian Democratic Leader Konrad Adenauer drove out to the Benedictine monastery at Maria Laach near Bonn, where he had taken refuge for almost a year during the worst days of being Nazi-blacklisted before the war. In one respect the Chancellor's hour-and-a-half meditation in the monastery gardens was like all his actions of his week of triumph: he kept a discreet silence about his intentions, as is the victor's prerogative. The opposition Socialists, on the other hand, might be expected to hold a noisy post mortem to complain about the lackluster...

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