West Berlin: Losing City Hall

A vote against Schmidt's party

Western Europe's political leaders have been fairly warned. If there is any discernible mood sweeping the Continent, it is an indiscriminate, throw-the-rascals-out rejection of the status quo. On the same day that Valéry Discard d'Estaing was losing the French presidency to Socialist François Mitterrand, West Berlin voters were giving a similar demonstration of discontent with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's Social Democrats, who had ruled the divided city for 26 years. Tainted by corruption, the city's Social Democratic Party polled a meager 38.4%, its worst postwar score,...

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