West Germany: Dropping the Pilot

In their quest for power, West Germany's Social Democrats have depended for nearly two decades on the guidance of Herbert Wehner, a brusque, brilliant tactician whose devotion to the Socialist cause is equaled only by his towering rage at any dissent within his party. Second in the hierarchy after Party Leader Willy Brandt, Wehner formulated the policy that has shaped the party's destiny, including the decision to join the rival Christian Democrats in West Germany's historic Grand Coalition. Last week, in a move that was certain to have profound effects not only on the party but also on the workings...

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