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    FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS, THE 53 - YEAR-OLD WEST GERMAN MINISTER OF FINANCE, IS RAPIDLY EMERGING AS A DOMINANT FIGURE ON WEST GERMANY'S POLITICAL SCENE.

  • Description

    FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS, THE 53 - YEAR-OLD WEST GERMAN MINISTER OF FINANCE, IS RAPIDLY EMERGING AS A DOMINANT FIGURE ON WEST GERMANY'S POLITICAL SCENE. LAST WEEK, HE TOLD THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF HIS CHRISTIAN SOCIAL UNION THAT WEST GERMANY MUST PLAY A BIGGER POLITICAL ROLE ON THE WORLD STAGE.

    STRAUSS' GROWING IMPACT UPON THE WEST GERMAN POLITICAL SCENE IS SEEN AS PART OF A DEVELOPING POWER STRUGGLE WITH HERR WILLY BRANDT, THE WEST GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, AND LEADER OF THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, THE MINORITY PARTNERS IN THE COUNTRY'S COALITION GOVERNMENT.

    IT WAS STRAUSS WHO LAST MONTH DIRECTED THE UNYIELDING LINE OF "NO REVALUATION OF THE DEUTSCH MARK" AT THE 10-POWER FINANCIAL TALKS IN BONN. THEN, PERHAPS, THE WORLD FOR THE FIRST TIME BEGAN TO SEE STRAUSS AS THE POTENTIAL LEADER OF AN INCREASINGLY PROSPEROUS AND POWERFUL GERMANY.

    AT HIS RECENT PARTY CONFERENCE IN MUNICH, HE DEMANDED AN END TO THE WELL-WORN SAYING THAT GERMANY IS AN ECONOMIC GIANT BUT A POLITICAL DWARF.

    HE WAS SAID TO HAVE SHARPLY CRITICISED THE "SUICIDAL TRADES UNION SYSTEM BACKWARD MANAGEMENT OF THE BRITISH" AND REFERRED TO THE "CRASS NATIONALISM" OF CIRCLES IN FRANCE, BRITAIN AND GERMANY WHICH"HAD USED THE RECENT FINANCIAL CRISIS TO FALL BACK INTO OLD BLIND HOSTILITIES" BETWEEN GERMANY AND HER ALLIES.

    STRAUSS CLAIMS THAT HIS UNITED STATES OF EUROPE WOULD PROVIDE THE FRAMEWORK IN WHICH THE FATHERLAND COULD BE RE-UNITED WITHOUT THE DANGER OF A CLASH WITH THE EAST. BRITAIN, HE SAYS, SHOULD ABANDON THE "SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP" WITH AMERICA AND JOIN THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION WHICH WOULD AVOID THE DANGER OF EUROPE BECOMING A "WELFARE COMMUNITY UNDER AN AMERICAN NUCLEAR UMBRELLA".

    ELEVEN YEARS AGO, STRAUSS BECAME MINISTER OF DEFENCE IN THE LATE KONRAD ADENAUER'S GOVERNMENT. HE'S A FOUNDER MEMBER OF THE CHRISTIAN SOCIAL UNION, THE PARTY WHICH WITH THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION. LED BY CHANCELLOR KURT KIESINGER, FORMS THE LEADING POLITICAL ORGANISATION IN WEST GERMANY. IT GOVERNS IN COALITION WITH THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS.

    AS DEFENCE MINISTER, STRAUSS BUILT UP HIS COUNTRY'S ARMED FORCES INTO THE BIGGEST NATO FORCE IN EUROPE. BUT HE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN AFTER THE "DER SPIEGEL" CRISIS, IN 1961.

    HERE, HE ORDERED A MASSIVE POLICE RAID ON THE HAMBURG NEWS MAGAZINE. STRAUSS HAD ALLEGED BREACHES OF SECURITY IN THE MAGAZINE PUBLISHING A "SECRET DOCUMENT" ABOUT NATO MANOEUVRES.

    STRAUSS RETREATED TO BAVARIA BUT, TWO YEARS LATER, HE RETURNED TO FEDERAL POLITICS AND RESUMED HIS CLIMB TO POWER. HE'S ALSO WRITTEN A BOOK OUTLINING HIS THEORIES ON THE FORMATION OF A UNITED STATES OF EUROPE EQUIPPED WITH ITS OWN NUCLEAR DETERRENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF3YJ8IUMPQDMY6XND5J6LSMIF
    Media URN:
    VLVAF3YJ8IUMPQDMY6XND5J6LSMIF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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