West Germany: New Direction

All over West Germany, amateur bookmakers were willing to give high odds that the West German election campaign was rolling along in an old, familiar direction—toward one more smashing success for the man who had won three times before: doughty Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, 85. Not even the energetic charm of the Socialists' new candidate, West Berlin's 47-year-old Mayor Willy Brandt, seemed likely to make a dent on Adenauer's Christian Democratic Union with its twelve-year record of booming prosperity and close ties with the West. Running far ahead in the polls, the Christian...

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