West Germany: Trouble Brewing

Helmut faces home-town woes

Only four days before he served as host to the NATO summit meeting in Bonn last week, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was undercut by a local election setback that reinforced doubts about the survival of his coalition government. After more than two decades of rule in the Chancellor's home town of Hamburg, his Social Democratic Party lost control of the city-state's legislature. Unwisely, perhaps, Schmidt had played a prominent role in the campaign. To underline the personal link between the Hamburg race and the head of the federal government, the local branch of the Social Democrats had...

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