Portuguese Socialist Party Mario Soares held talks with West German leaders in Bonn on Wednesday (17 December) as part of his week-long European mission aimed at winning support for his government.
GV EXTERIOR SPD party headquarters
SV INTERIOR Soares greeted by Brandt
SV Cameramen and boy with camera
SV Soares and Brandt sit down
CU Soares and Brandt
SV PAN FROM Officials TO Soares and Brandt talking
GV EXTERIOR Schaumburg Palace
SV Soares enters and shakes hands with Schmidt
GV Soares and Schmidt pose for newsmen
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Background: Portuguese Socialist Party Mario Soares held talks with West German leaders in Bonn on Wednesday (17 December) as part of his week-long European mission aimed at winning support for his government.
In the West German capital, Dr. Soares met Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Social-Democrat leader Willy Brandt. After the talks Herr Schmidt said West Germany was considering a loan to Portugal, possibly along the lines of the 5,000 million marks (800 million pounds sterling) credit given to Italy last year.
The Chancellor said the economic situation in Portugal was very serious.
"Naturally the European community is prepared to help and the Federal Republic (West Germany) is especially ready to help," he said.
Dr. Soares has already visited Heads of the Italian and French Socialist parties and one of the EEC Vice-Presidents, Henri Simonet.
The Socialist Party, which forms the main prop of Portugal's coalition government, feels its survival in the months ahead will mostly depend on its ability to lead the country through the present economic crisis.
With the defeat of the military left in last month's abortive uprising, they hope the right political conditions for a massive injection of European Economic aid have now been created.
SYNOPSIS: The West German Social Democrat Party headquarters in Bonn where on Wednesday Portuguese Socialist Party leader Mario Soares arrived for talks. Dr. Soares -- in West Germany as part of a week-long support finding mission in Europe -- had talks with party leader Willy Brandt on Portugal's economic situation.
Dr. Soares has already visited heads of the Italian and French socialist parties and European Common Market officials in Brussels. His party -- forming the main prop of Portugal's coalition government -- feels its survival in the months ahead will depend on getting the country through the present economic crisis.
Later, at the Schaumburg Palace in the West German capital, Dr. Soares met Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Herr Schmidt said his country is considering a loan to Portugal, possibly similar to the 5,000 million marks credit given to Italy last year. The Chancellor said the European community is prepared to help Portugal through its crisis, especially West Germany.