West Germany: Protest by the New Class

As the election nears, the Greens could hold the balance of power

Hundreds of tiny black, red and yellow West German flags fluttered amid the crowded banks of seats in the concrete-and-glass stadium in the Baltic port of Kiel. The odors of steaming sausage and green pea soup wafted from giant kettles in the corridors. Through the cheerful melee strode West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, 52, shaking hands and exchanging greetings with some of the 6,000 supporters in attendance. From the podium, Kohl catalogued a variety of traditional conservative remedies for the social and economic ills of West Germany that...

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