West Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) held its pre-election congress in Dortmund on Friday (18 June) with a prediction by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt that West Germany would be one of the pacesettes in an expected worldwide move towards economic stability.
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SV INTERIOR Willy Brandt and helmut Schmidt walking to rostrum
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SV Schimdt and Brandt and other leaders on stage
SV party supporters applauding
CU Brandt and Schmidt (3 shots)
SV and GV delegates in audience (3 shots)
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Background: West Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) held its pre-election congress in Dortmund on Friday (18 June) with a prediction by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt that West Germany would be one of the pacesettes in an expected worldwide move towards economic stability.
SYNOPSIS: He said he believed the country would grow without inflicting steep price rises on its people. Herr Schmidt is vice-chairman of the party and together with chairman and former chancellor Willy Brandt was presenting its platform for the general elections next autumn to the 400 congress delegates. He went on to say that West Germany had overcome its economic recession and could count on a growth rate of six per cent or more this year.
The SPD and its small liberal coalition ally, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), have said they will maintain their partnership if they beat the Conservative Christian Democratic (CDU) opposition in the election on October 3. Herr Schmidt has pledged that the SPD will continue to pursue its main foreign policy aims of progress towards unity in the European Economic Community (EEC), strengthening the NATO alliance and maintaining harmonious relations with the United States. He also said that West Germany would continue to work for East-West detente and its policy of concluding agreements with the East German Democratic Republic.