• Short Summary

    WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) OFFERED TO RESIGN IF NECESSARY TO HELP RESTORE A GOVERNMENT WITH A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY.

  • Description

    WEST GERMAN CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) OFFERED TO RESIGN IF NECESSARY TO HELP RESTORE A GOVERNMENT WITH A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY. HIS OFFER WAS MADE AT A MEETING OF THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS' PARLIAMENTARY EXECUTIVE CALLED TO CONSIDER THE CRISIS CREATED BY THE DEFECTION OF ITS COALITION PARTNERS, THE FREE DEMOCRATS.

    THE MEETING INCLUDED SEVERAL MEN WHOSE NAMES HAVE BEEN MENTIONED AS POSSIBLE SUCCESSORS TO DR ERHARD. HIGH AMONG THEM IS DR RAINER BARZEL. THE PARTY FLOOR LEADER. OTHER NAMES SUGGESTED INCLUDE BUNDESTAG PRESIDENT DR EUGEN GERSTENMEIER, FOREIGN MINISTER GERHARD SCHROEDER AND BADEN WUERTEMBERG STATE PREMIER KURT GEORG KIESINGER. FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER FRANZ JOSEPH STRAUSSS ALSO TOOK PART IN TODAY'S MEETING.

    IN A STATEMENT ISSUED AFTER THE MEETING DR ERHARD MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE WOULD ATTEMPT TO CREATE A GOVERNMENT WITH A MAJORITY, AND IF THAT FAILED, WOULD HELP TO FIND HIS SUCCESSOR.

    BOTH THE FREE DEMOCRATS, WHO WALKED OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT IN A DISPUTE OVER PROPOSED TAX INCREASES, AND THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS HAVE SAID THEY WILL NOT SERVE IN A GOVERNMENT UNDER DR ERHARD.

    WITHOUT THE FREE DEMOCRATS DR ERHARD DOES NOT HAVE A MAJORITY. IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WOULD BE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE FREE DEMOCRATS AND THAT THE PARLIAMENTARY EXECUTIVE WOULD MEET NEXT TUESDAY WHEN A FINAL DECISION ON DR ERHARD'S POSITION COULD BE EXPECTED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA93IACTUM2U6NA3ZKMIQHJXT86
    Media URN:
    VLVA93IACTUM2U6NA3ZKMIQHJXT86
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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