World: Socialists Without an Issue

Beaten in every national election since the founding of the federal republic, West Germany's Social Democrats find themselves boxed in again as the 1965 contest approaches. Their trouble is that, given unprecedented domestic prosperity at home and basic national agreement on foreign affairs, they simply have no issue. Essentially, the Socialists are reduced to arguing that they could run West Germany's booming capitalistic economy better than the Christian Democrats who built it, and that anyway the C.D.U. has been in power too long.

Last week these arguments were again put to the test as the southwest state of Baden-Wurttemberg held elections for...

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