National Affairs: How to Win Elections

For several subtle reasons, West Germany's ancient (81) Chancellor Konrad Adenauer always seems to contribute as much during his trips to Washington as he takes away in promises and reassurances for home political consumption. Partly it is because of his remarkable spryness, the grandfatherly twinkle in his wintry blue eyes while he is driving his hardheaded points. Partly it is because the U.S. has a better feeling about an explosively expanding Germany when it is personified by Adenauer's good sense and restraint. Partly it is because Adenauer stands rocklike in his antiCommunism, even...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!