An ardent socialist and opponent of the Nazi party during his youth, Willy Brandt led the West German Socialist Democratic party to the Chancellorship in 1969. There he implemented the same pragmatic approach to east-west linkages that had characterized his mayorship of West Berlin. Termed Ostpolitik, under Brandt, West Germany normalized relations with the Soviet Union, Poland and Czechoslovakia. While not abandoning the notion of German reunification, he acknowledged the inviolability of existing borders and went on to normalize relations with East Germany. Ultimately, his government was brought down by an internal spy scandal.
Time: Mid War
Removed after event: Yes
The only reason you’d ever want to play this for the event is for VP; adding 1 influence into a 4-stability country is like drilling for oil with a toothpick, and you’d rarely want to realign, much less coup, West Germany anyway.
If France somehow is still empty on Turn 4, Willy Brandt makes a decent headline by “kicking down the door” to France and giving you access. But you should have already gotten access to France, either by forcing your way into West Germany/Italy earlier, or Decolonizing into Algeria.
If you really, honestly, have nothing else to space, then you may as well space Willy Brandt. Usually I’m more than happy to give the USSR a VP and play the 2 Ops, especially since I probably used Marshall Plan to shore up West Germany a little. If it hasn’t been triggered, then Willy Brandt is equivalent to a 1 Op if you use the other Op to repair West Germany. But you don’t even really need to repair West Germany yet if Europe Scoring has come and gone.