West Germany Schizophrenia in the Ranks

The opposition moves left

There was something schizophrenic about last week's Social Democratic Party congress in Nuremberg. On one hand the 430 delegates overwhelmingly endorsed a moderate, Johannes Rau, 55, as their candidate for Chancellor in next January's general election. On the other, they saddled him with a left-leaning party platform that called for, among other things, the total phase-out of nuclear energy, the withdrawal of NATO missiles from West Germany, the formation of "partnerships for peace" with the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe, and the reorganization of the West German army in order to "render it incapable of offensive action."

Rau, who has little...

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