West Germany: Fragile China

With national elections due next September, Chancellor Ludwig Erhard and his Christian Democrats can only hope that the next six months will go better for them than the last. Plagued with one embarrassing problem after another—from surrendering to France on grain prices to losing out on the multilateral force to humiliation by the Arabs over Israel's recognition—Erhard's regime has sunk in national esteem to its lowest level since der Dicke took office 17 months ago. Latest poll returns show the C.D.U. trailing the Social Democrats, 31% to 35%.

All of which made it urgent that the C.D.U. present a united...

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