The Social Democratic Party conference opened at Stuttgart, West Germany, on May 18th. It is?
The Social Democratic Party conference opened at Stuttgart, West Germany, on May 18th. It is intended that a new era should now begin in German Socialism. A continuous record of electoral defeats since 1930 has shaken the faith of most of the party's leaders and intellectuals in the old dogmas, and there is widespread determination to reorganise it along the lines of the British Labour movement.
All traces of Marxian have disappeared from the conference documents, except for one historical reference. The long-cherished goal of nationalization, too, has gone. The panic withdrawals taken before the electoral defeat last year are to be translated into party policy.
The British Labour Party was represented by Mr. Hugh Gaitskell and Mr. Tom Driberg. Mr. Gaitskell, leader of the British Labour Party, was applauded when he spoke in German to a large crowd in the market place at Stuttgart on Sunday morning, May 18th. He told the crowd that under present conditions the western democracies must take appropriate defence measures to deter Soviet aggression. He appealed to the Western Governments to go forward to a summit meeting, not letting pride, prestige or protocol block the way.
The Germany Social Democrat Party leader, Herr Erich Ollenhauer, also spoke at the rally.