West Germany: Hanging On

Back in Bonn after a week of parades and prayers that sealed a new era of French-German friendship, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer called a special press conference to deliver a rambling, emotional account of his visit to Charles de Gaulle and of the "eternal" bonds of understanding that now link Europe's once deadly enemies. Coolly he brushed aside impatient newsmen who were more interested in a stunning domestic development: a sharp regional election upset last week of his Christian Democratic Union in North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany's richest, most populous state, comprising one-third of...

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