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    VARIOUS LOCATIONS, WEST GERMANY

    The Hesse State election which will take place on September 26, is considered by most analyst to represents a dress rehearsal for a possible change of power in Bonn.

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    1. GV Frankfurt street scenes (7 shots) 0.27
    2. GV Election posters in street 0.30
    3. GV Crowds at CDU rally outside Frankfurt Town Hall (2 shots) 0.43
    4. GV Helmut Kohl CDU chairman and other officials approach, Kohl speaking from rostrum (3 shots) 1.23
    5. GV Crowds at SDP rally in Wiesbaden 1.27
    6. GV ZOOM TO SV Politicians attending rally including SDP Chairman Willy Brandt, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and the local SDP candidate Holger Borner (3 shots) 1.41
    7. SV Foreign dignitaries attending rally, Prime Minister of Finland Kalevi Sorsa and the Prime Minister of Denmark Anker Joergensen 1.45
    8. SV & GV PAN Crowd at rally (3 shots) 1.59
    9. SV Chancellor Schmidt addressing crowd 2.10
    10. SV & GV INTERIOR FDP rally at Darmstadt, speakers on podium and crowds listening (5 shots) 2.30
    11. SV Protesters on wall at Greens meeting in Dornheim (3 shots) 2.37
    12. GV Crowd inside gymnasium hall listening to candidates speaking from dais 2.45
    13. SV & CU Green candidates Petra Kelly and crowd applaud (4 shots) 3.06
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    Background: VARIOUS LOCATIONS, WEST GERMANY

    The Hesse State election which will take place on September 26, is considered by most analyst to represents a dress rehearsal for a possible change of power in Bonn. Frankfurt is the largest town in Hesse state and, when the people of Frankfurt go to the polls, their votes will be crucial to the survival or downfall of West Germany's ruling left-liberal coalition. The present Government is shakily composed of a coalition between Chancellor Schmidt's Social Democrats (SDP) and the Free Democrats (FDP) led by Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher. The FDP however has recently announced its intention to change side and form an alliance with the Christian Democrats (CDU) led by Helmut Kohl. As the Hesse campaign got under way, opinion polls indicated the CDU may win an absolute majority with 50 per cent of the vote. In contrast Chancellor Schmidt's Social Democrats, who have ruled Hesse since the Second World War, have lost a humiliating ten per cent of their support to only 34 per cent of the electorate. The SDP held a rally at Wiesbaden, the capital of Hesse State on August 28. It drew a large crowd and was attended by the Finnish Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa and Denmark's Anker Joergensen. But the party's fortunes are still declining. Since announcing its intention to change sides, the FDP is not doing much better. In the current polls, support for the Free Democrats has slipped below the five per cent minimum needed for representation, a slide which may dash their hopes of holding the balance of power. At the same tine the recent dramatic success in Hamburg of the newly-formed ecology party, the "Greens"' looks like being repeated at Hesse. The Greens won only two per cent of the vote in 1978 but they have since won support from many SDP and FDP discontents and are thought likely to gain a starting 11 per cent this time.

    Source: REUTERS - GUENTER LAHMANN

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJNYRT6X5VPAMZ3OYKONWHH2Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAJNYRT6X5VPAMZ3OYKONWHH2Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:06:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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