WEST GERMANY: Brandt in Trouble

Only a year ago, the Times of London wrote about Willy Brandt: "It is almost inconceivable that he would not be elected President of Europe against any competition." Brandt had just won a decisive re-election victory, and his Social Democrats were widely expected to stay in power for another decade at least. Today the West German Chancellor clearly finds his job so frustrating that he would welcome a way to renounce it with grace.

Like Gulliver, Brandt is entangled in a network of Lilliputian political problems, and they are crippling his leadership. Amid the portents...

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