The new leader of the powerful West German opposition party, the Christian Democratic Union, is 47-year-old Dr.
The new leader of the powerful West German opposition party, the Christian Democratic Union, is 47-year-old Dr. Rainer Barzel. He was elected at the opening of the D.D.U.'s national convention on Monday (October 4), and replaces former West German Chancellor and party Chief Dr. Kurt Kiesinger -- who made his farewell speech at the opening with a warning about "too-rapid" an improvement in West German-Soviet relations. This film, shot before the vote for party leadership, shows M. Barzel -- a future challenger for the Chancellorship of West Germany -- and Dr. Kiesinger making his farewell speech.
SYNOPSIS: West Germany -- and a battle for party leadership at the opening of the nation convention of the powerful opposition party, the Christian Democratic Union; the C.D.U. The vacancy occurred when party leader Dr. Kurt Kiesinger -- a for West German Chancellor--resigned, and took his farewell at Monday's opening with a warning about "too rapid an improvement" in West Germany-Soviet relations
Dr. Kiesinger, who is 67, arrived at the conference with another former party chairman and Chancellor, Dr. Ludwig Erhardt.
Following Dr. Kiesinger's farewell speech, 47-year-old Dr. Rainer Barzel was elected party chairman -- and possible future contender for the West German Chancellorship.
But before the vote, a farewell speech by Dr. Kiesinger -- who was later voted honorary party leader. And in his speech, a warning about the speed of improvement in West German-Soviet relations. Dr. Kiesinger said that during the C.D.U.'s government in the past 20 years, relations with the Soviet Union were improving at a steady pace -- but not too quickly, he said, to risk spoiling diplomacy. but now the current Government was rushing it at too fast a pace, said Dr. Kiesinger, and was running the risk of spoiling the careful work of the C.D.U.