The Recalcitrant Ally

One Western leader for whom the Iraq issue has been a political windfall is Gerhard Schroder. The German Chancellor, up for re-election when Germans go to the polls this Sunday, was far behind his conservative opponent, Edmund Stoiber, premier of the state of Bavaria, who had made a chief issue of the country's economic woes. Schroder has closed the gap in the past month and last week even edged past Stoiber for the first time in the eight-month campaign. One reason for Schroder's turnaround is his smooth performance as a crisis manager. When eastern Germany was inundated by heavy flooding last...

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