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Nuclear-free vote a setback for Schmidt

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Karla Vallance / January 25, 1982


West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt received a political setback this weekend when a local Social Democratic party organization voted over his objections in favor of establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in Europe.

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Mr. Schmidt has supported NATO plans to deploy nuclear missiles in Europe as necessary for leverage in disarmament talks with the Soviet Union.

The vote was passed by a large majority at a regional party convention in Hamburg.