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Continued from page 1 action the denominational school right along the line, regardless of

the rights of the parents, to say

nothing of those of the Church: we must make it quite clear to the faithful what is at stake and what their Catholic convictions demand of them."

The policy of the Allies prior to 1948 was favourable to the Social ists: they were enabled to secure control of the Trade Unions, to win a disproportionate number of places in the public and social services, and to secure positions of vantage in the radio and Press. These advantages still weigh iii the balance.

Apart from surprises the election will be a struggle between the Christian Democratic Union and other parties (the Bavarian Party For example) with a background of Christian ideals on the one hand and the Socialists on the other, with a Liberal party (F.D.P.) as secular in its outlook as the -Socialists. but yet opposed to Socialism, ready to co-operate with the victors in forming the inevitable coalition.

The new electoral law is expected to eliminate most minor parties, including the Communists, who are being invited to support the Socialist Party Ion the ground that a neutral buffer state under Socialist leadership would tend to toe the Soviet line): and the main Christian parties will come to some sort of an understanding not to oppose one another's candidates, Yet the result must remain uncertain. Two years ago Dr. Adenauer's supporters were not doing well at elections: later local contests have turned out more favourably, and (whatever Socialist propaganda may say) votes lost by the C.D.U. did not go to the Socialists. who have seldom risen above 30 per cent. of the votes cast, but to the parties of the Right.

Such losses could, however, reduce the C.D.U. to an extent that it would no longer be able to take the leading place, a n d thus indirectly bring about a Socialist victory, Socialist propaganda is quite unscrupulous, and the cry that Adenauer is controlled by the Catholic interest is sure to have its appeal. On the other hand. Menauer's policy has worked internally and externally beyond expectations, and no other policy could have ensured results better or as good.

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