The West German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag, began a two-day foreign affairs debate Nov 5.
The West German Lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag, began a two-day foreign affairs debate Nov 5. Unlike the last foreign affairs debate over a year age it was not broadcast or televised, though recordings were broadcast later.
The debate centred on relations between Britain and West Germany, and the forthcoming Western Summit. Foreign Minister von Brentano read a 43-page policy statement, praised Britain for "reliability", and ended on a note of inter-party polemics. Listening closely was Russian Ambassador Andrei Smirnov. Von Brentano said the Government had not forgotten Britain's contribution to help solve West Germany's entry into NATO five years ago.
West German Chancellor Adenauer - he decided against speaking on the first day of the debate - was challenged by Opposition leader Ollenhauer to clarify his attitude towards Britain. Ollenhauer criticised the Chancellor - 'der Alte,' the Germans call him - for burdening relations between the two countries.
Among Cabinet Ministers present were Hans Lemmer, All German Affairs; Josef Strauss, Defence; Ludwig Erhard, Economic; Warner Schwarz, Food; Siegfried Balke, Atomic Energy; and bespectacled Theodor Oberla nder, Refugees, - the latter implicated, according to East German reports, in the killing of Jews in Poland while he was an S.S. Commander.