West Germany: Almost the End

The last time Konrad Adenauer "re tired" was in 1963, when he grudgingly made way for Ludwig Erhard as Chancellor. But politicians who expected him to fade gracefully from the scene at the age of only 87 were soon proved wrong. In last fall's election campaign, Adenauer sorely embarrassed his successor by electioneering up and down the Rhine, pressing for closer cooperation with Charles de Gaulle, needling Erhard's favorite ally, the U.S., for its supposed nuclear "sellout," and hardly disguising his desire for coalition with the Social Democrats, who were determined to...