Who's who in the federal cabinet, pp. -42 PDF (4.5 MB)
Konrad Adenauer ADENAUER, FEDERAL CHANCELLOR and for Foreign Affairs, head of the Christian ijion (CDU) and Schuman Plan signer, cele- i birthday this year, is twice-widower, has its in the Bundestag (lower house of parlia- enauer's CDU is the largest party, while his three-party non-socialist coalition, controls its in the Bundestag. Despite this narrow trol (about the same as the Labor majority rliament), the government has never been er removed him from office, Dr. Adenauer Cologne for 16 years. He was arrested he SS period. lor's son Paul was recently ordained to the )out socialism, garden-loving Catholic Dr. Adenauer says, "It is much more important to give the worker a home and garden by means of sound housing policy than it is to socialize." The veteran statesman starts his work-filled day at five in the morning. After breakfast, Schumacher arrives to drive him to the office. Chancellor Adenauer's chauffeur is named Schumacher. Says SPD chief Schumacher (his principal antagonist in the Bundestag): "There's only one Adenauer!" Who's' Vice-Chancellor Franz Bluecher Franz Bluecher, Vice-Chancellor and Minister for ERP Affairs, handles the German side of all problems in con- nection with Marshall Plan aid. Mr. Bluecher had early ambitions to become a politi- cal writer, ended by becoming an actor instead of an ob- server of the political scene, after way stations in sales work and finance. During the Hitler period he worked first as an expert on the financing of long-term building projects and public utilities, later as director of a re- gional bank. Political activity began in 1945 for Mr. Bluecher, when he helped found the Free Democratic Party (FDP), now a junior partner in the three-party coalition. In the elec- tions to the federal legislature in August 1949, Bluecher lost the race in his district. Like FDP colleagues Dehler and Wildermuth, and the German Party's Seebohm, he owes his seat in the legislature and subsequent Cabinet post to the proportional representation clause in the Ger- man voting law. What Mr. Bluecher sees in the FDP, which takes a moderate, anti-socialist line without the religious flavor of the Christian Democrats, is perhaps contained in a ROBERT LEHR. WILHELM NIKLAS. HANS LUKASCHEK.
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