WEST GERMANY: End of an Age

Oaken-hearted Konrad Adenauer, who has won a lot of political victories by force of character and the iron logic of his policies, came through again last week, but not without difficulties. His normally ashen face lightly tanned after a long Swiss vacation, he took autocratic command of his Christian Democratic Union's annual conference at Stuttgart and sought to silence all talk of picking his successor or changing his policies.

"What Alternatives?" When the time came to choose party officers, the old (80) Chancellor acted as both chairman and nominating committee. He proposed...

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