West Germany: Trouble on the Flanks

Parties of the extreme left or right hold little attraction for the great majority of West German voters, who remember all too well Germany's disastrous plunge into Nazi extremism in the 1930s. As a bulwark against political radicalism, the West German Constitution bans all parties that espouse principles inconsistent with a free and democratic society. Despite these psychological and legal barriers, parties of both the far left and far right were once again troublesomely active last week in West Germany.

Tear-Gas Attack. On the far right, the four-year-old National Democratic Party suffered...

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