ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WEST GERMANY- A Coalition of Weakness

WEST GERMANY A Coalition of Weakness A G Noorani IN a year of elections in Europe it is tempting to draw conclusions from the results and detect a "wave'' sweeping all the countries. But as the CDU leader Helmut Kohl has discovered to his chagrin the exercise, though fascinating, is hazardous. His telegram to the Swedish Conservatives leader Gosta Bohman on the morrow of the poll in Sweden read "your election victory is a signal for Europe not to turn over our continent to the socialist international". The West German electorate was not impressed. It returned the governing]: SPD-FDP coalition to power on October 3 though by a reduced majority. The pundits may well debate on what the election results portend for the continent in the light of the elections to the first parliament in Portugal after more than sixty years and the general election in Italy. The consequence of the electoral verdict of October 3 seems far more clear and it was spelt out by Helmut Kohl himself with greater realism than his earlier prediction. It is a "coalition of weakness'' which will govern West Germany, which some will see as a "disturbing" development in a country which more than any other in Western Europe had seemed a model of "stability".

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