WEST GERMANY: Polemics and Poisonous Blossoms

And the "dirtiest ever"campaign has not even started

"A bitter, dirty fight," commented Political Analyst Rudolf Wildenmann. "Unprecedented political mud-slinging," charged Christian Democratic Chairman Helmut Kohl. Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung warned that "election polemics are producing poisonous blossoms."

Although campaigning for the Oct. 5 national elections does not officially begin until next week, a vicious war of character assassination, borderline libel, slanderous posters, films and campaign buttons has been raging for weeks in West Germany. Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, leader of the ruling coalition of Social Democrats and Free Democrats, has been smeared...

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