• Short Summary

    NEXT WEEK THE 66-YEAR-OLD CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD TAKES OVER LEADERSHIP OF WEST GERMANY FROM KONRAD ADENAUER.

  • Description

    NEXT WEEK THE 66-YEAR-OLD CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD TAKES OVER LEADERSHIP OF WEST GERMANY FROM KONRAD ADENAUER.HIS FACE IS ALMOST AS WELL KNOWN TO THE GERMANS AS HIS PREDECESSOR.

    PHYSICALLY HE HAS CHERUBIC FEATURES AND TIPS THE SCALES AT 220 POUNDS.HIS CIGAR SMOKING IS ALMOST AS FAMOUS AS CHURCHILL'S.

    ERHARD AS ECONOMICS MINISTER HAS BEEN THE ARCHITECT OF WEST GERMANY'S PRESENT-DAY PROSPERITY.HE FIRST OCCUPIED THIS POST BACK IN 1948 IN HIS NATIVE BAVARIA WHEN HIS PEOPLE EXISTED ON A NEAR-STARVATION DIET.TODAY WEST GERMANY IS THE WORLD'S THIRD LARGEST TRADING NATION (AFTER THE U.S.AND BRITAIN) AND THE SECOND LARGEST INDUSTRIAL PRODUCER.ITS EXPORTS HAVE SOARED TO 700 PER CENT SINCE 1950.

    FOR THIS ERHARD GETS MUCH OF THE CREDIT.HE WAS BORN THE SON OF AN OBSCURE TEXTILE MERCHANT AND SURVIVED THE FIRST WORLD WAR WITH INJURIES WHICH LEFT HIM WITH A PERMANENT LIMP AND ONE ARM SHORTER THAN THE OTHER.

    BETWEEN THE WARS HE WAS TO STUDY ECONOMICS AND IN 1945 EMERGED FREE OF THE NAZI TAINT.HIS ECONOMIC THEORY IS SIMPLE: GREATER PRODUCTION THROUGH GREATER INCENTIVES.AND HE BELIEVES IN A FREE MARKET...AND HAS SET HIS FACE AGAINST THE SO-CALLED "PLANNED ECONOMY".

    ADENAUER IS KNOWN TO HAVE OPPOSED ERHARD'S SUCCESSION TO THE LEADERSHIP, BUT WAS OVERRULED BY HIS PARTY.IN 1959 HE COMMENTED: "HERR ERHARD IS NO MORE CAPABLE OF BECOMING CHANCELLOR THAN I AM OF BECOMING A PAINTER IN OILS." HE CONSIDERS HIM AN ECONOMIST, NOT A POLITICIAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7G7NA7PM8KK0KJJ1A8HX6KJ34
    Media URN:
    VLVA7G7NA7PM8KK0KJJ1A8HX6KJ34
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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