WEST GERMANY: Lining Up the Ducks

During a recent visit to Peking, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt went to see a model farm that raised poultry for the city's best restaurants. Surveying hundreds of quacking ducks, he murmured, "They remind me of my party congress."

Schmidt was only half joking. Since becoming Chancellor 18 months ago, he has stood somewhat aloof from his Social Democratic Party, refusing to get involved in the endless theoretical debates on how democratic socialism should be built. Instead, the cool, pragmatic Chancellor has concentrated on managing West Germany's affairs of state. Although Schmidt has always...

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