West Germany: A Slippage of Power

After four weeks of horse trading, doublecrossing and the flashing of political knives, West Germany last week emerged with a new coalition government that makes almost everybody unhappy.

To bring the Free Democrats back into his coalition, gaunt Chancellor Konrad

Adenauer had to promise that he would step down from office next September and tacitly accept as next Chancellor Dr. Ludwig Erhard, the creator of Germany's economic miracle, whom der Alte, normally a just and magnanimous man, has seen fit to block, deride and ridicule. Adenauer's own Christian Democratic party (C.D.U.) is...

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