WEST GERMANY: A Depressed Chancellor Resigns

For the past few months, rumors have buzzed through Bonn that a tired and discouraged Willy Brandt would soon resign as Chancellor. Yet West Germany, and indeed all of Western Europe, was caught by surprise last week when the 60-year-old leader abruptly announced that he was leaving office. The ostensible cause of his resignation was the scandal that followed last month's arrest of Günter Guillaume, a close personal aide who confessed to being an East German spy. (TIME, May 6).

Brandt's reputation for personal integrity is sufficiently strong that he might...

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