The Party Congress of the Federal German Republic's Christian Social Union, opened in Munich today (13 June) with a flurry of denials.
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Background: The Party Congress of the Federal German Republic's Christian Social Union, opened in Munich today (13 June) with a flurry of denials.
At the opening session, the party -- the autonomous Bavarian wing of Chancellor Kiesinger's Christian Democratic Party, led by Finance Minister Josef Strauss -- denied any links with the extreme right-wing National Democratic Party.
Parliamentary Floor Leader Richard Stuecklen publicly rejected as unjust and defamatory remarks made by Foreign Minister and Social Democratic leader Willy Brandt which suggested ties with the N.P.D.
This was only the first denial however. Herr Stuecklen also declared that the party with its policy of support for the enlargement of the Common Market to include all those 'who wish and can join', was not nationalistic or chauvinistic.
Nor, said the Floor Leader, was the party's violent opposition to Germany signing the nuclear non-proliferation treaty any indication of nationalistic policies. Those who supported the national interests of Germany by no means pursued a nationalistic policy, he stormly advised his audience. Signing the pact might hinder West Germany becoming a full partner in a united Europe, and there were also the problems of Soviet intervention threats and possible disadvantages for Germany's nuclear industry.
After the short opening session, delegates split into five discussion groups for the remainder of the two day congress.