The leader of West Germany's Christian Democratic Party (CDU), Dr. Helmut Kohl, opened his election?
GV & SV EXTERIOR West German Christian Democratic Union building with delegates entering (2 shots)
GV PAN INTERIOR CDU leader Helmut Kohl introducing foreign visitors in the audience
CU Freitas Do Amaral (Portugal) acknowledges applause
SV & CU Delegates applaud Amintore Fanfani (Italy) (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Audience TO Kohl on rostrum
GV Delegates applaud
CUs Kohl addressing delegates in German and delegates applauding (5 shots)
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Background: The leader of West Germany's Christian Democratic Party (CDU), Dr. Helmut Kohl, opened his election campaign in Hanover on Monday (24 May) with a vow that the Party's main challenge would be based on "the upholding of individual freedom".
A confident Dr. Kohl told more than 800 delegates that the Party's campaign slogan would be "Freedom Instead of Socialism".
West Germany faces a general election on October 3rd and Dr. Kohl has vowed to beat Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's Social Democratic Party (SPD) at the polls.
Italy's Christian Democratic leader Amintore Fanfani and Portugal's counterpart Freitas Do Amaral, who were warmly welcomed by loud cheers, were at the opening meeting in support of the CDU. Other foreign guests included the leader of Britain's Conservative Party, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, and French Justice Minister Jean Lecanuet.
The opening of the election campaign preceded a three day CDU congress which is expected to approve the Party's European manifesto.
In his speech Dr. Kohl promised that if he won the election a new foreign policy would be implemented - concentrating on the unity of Europe and the consolidation of the Western Alliance.
A CDU government would also pursue a policy of a rational balance of interests with the East, he said, and pay more attention to China and the states in eastern and south-eastern Europe.
Attacking the past and present Social Democratic leadership, Dr. Kohl said: "First there was Willy Brandt who left his daily political duties and started moralising, now there is Helmut Schmidt who does not dare to make his political aims clear."