WEST GERMANY: NATO or Disengagement

Huffing indignantly and pounding his bell for order, Bundestag President Eugen Gerstenmaier shouted: "I have received a telegram from a radio listener. It said, 'Stop this horrible spectacle.' " The horrible spectacle was last week's bitter foreign-policy debate.

When Chancellor Konrad Adenauer flew back from a Riviera vacation fortnight ago, he found that the feverish "Battle Against Atomic Death" had infected even his own ranks. Several leading Christian Democrats, including Foreign Policy Expert Kurt Georg Kiesinger, had been dreaming up all sorts of disengagement schemes, and the party leaders had decided to postpone the debate a week in the hope...

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