ABSTRACT

The thirtieth anniversary of the Federal Republic was marked by a good number of summary evaluations and political reminiscences on the state of the nation. Many familiar themes were mentioned. The relative strength of the economy, the stability of the party system, of governing majorities, the democratic loyalties of interest groups and elites. Other familiar themes had a slightly critical edge. The average West German was reproached for a lack of attachment to his society, a lack of citizen’s pride in his political environment.