GHANA-Holding Whose Fort

April 1, 1972 votes to the CDU implying some setback but less disastrous than if the FDP loses about the same percentage of votes. That would mean the 5 per cent barrier for the FDP, its end in the state, and possible repercussions on the attitude of the FDP members in the federal parliament. After all, the leader of the FDP is the Foreign Minister, and the state election is clearly on the issue of the Ostpolitlk. All the party leaders have understandably been campaigning in Baden-Wurttemberg, But the Social Democrats in this state have the onerous task of winning from their coalition partners in the state and simultaneously of preventing their federal partners from losing. The Ostcertrage would be in jeopardy if the SPD fails to achieve either of these twin imponderables in the state.

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