• Short Summary

    WEST GERMANY'S FIFTH GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN OPENED AT DORTMUND TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH A 20,000 STRONG RALLY OF THE RULING CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

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    WEST GERMANY'S FIFTH GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN OPENED AT DORTMUND TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH A 20,000 STRONG RALLY OF THE RULING CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY. EX-CHANCELLOR DR. KONRAD ADENAUER OPENED THE RALLY AND SIX WEEK CAMPAIGN BY FLATLY DISMISSING ANY IDEA OF APORT-ELECTION COALITION WITH THE OPPOSITION SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC WHO HE ACCUSED OF IRRESPONSIBILITY, IGNORANCE OF ECONOMICS, AND UNFITNESS TO RULE.

    THE 89-YEAR-OLD FORMER CHANCELLOR, WHO LED HIS PARTY TO VICTORY IN THE FOUR PREVIOUS WEST GERMAN ELECTIONS, MADE A STINGING ATTACK ON THE SOCIALISTS FOR HAVING, AS HE PUT IT, BLOCKED LEGISLATION TO RESTORE WEST GERMANY'S FULL FREEDOM. HE SAID THE SOCIALISTS HAD PREVENTED PASSAGE OF EMERGENCY LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD HAVE TRANSFERRED TO THE BONN GOVERNMENT THE LAST RESIDUAL OCCUPATION RIGHTS OF THE THREE WESTERN ALLIES -- RIGHTS THE ALLIES COULD EXERCISE AT ANY TIME THEY FELT THE SECURITY OF THEIR TROOPS IN GERMANY WAS IN DANGER.

    CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD, LEADING THE PARTY INTO ITS TOUGHEST ELECTION BATTLE, SET THE TONE FOR THE CAMPAIGN BY CONCENTRATING ON DOMESTIC ISSUES. THE CHANCELLOR SPOKE AT LENGTH ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR PROPERTY-OWNING DEMOCRACY AND FOR EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND TRAFFIC, DEVELOPMENTS.

    HE EARNED VIGOROUS APPLAUSE AS HE ATTACKED THE POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF THE TRADE UNIONS, SAYING "I WANT TO LEAD A STATE WHICH IS NOT DEPENDENT ON EXTRA-PARLIAMENTARY FORCES.

    THE SOCIALISTS, LED BY WEST BERLIN'S MAYOR, WILLY BRANDT, ARE BELIEVED TO BE RUNNING NECK AND NECK WITH THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS. THEIR CAMPAIGN STARTS IN THE SAME DORTMUND HALL AS THE ONE USED TODAY BY THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS, ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 14TH.

    THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS SECURED 190 SEATS IN THE LAST ELECTIONS, COMPARED WITH THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS' 242. WHICHEVER PARTY GAINS THE MOST SEATS, THERE IS LIKELY TO BE SOME POLITICAL ALLIANCE WITH THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS MINOR COALITION PARTNER, THE FREE DEMOCRATS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3GVG5H03TIIPK0CHABFEIAZSH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3GVG5H03TIIPK0CHABFEIAZSH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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