How To Lose Friends and Influence People

Ever since June 1999, when Ilka Schröder was elected to the European Parliament for Germany's environmentalist Greens, the junior partner in Berlin's governing center-left coalition, the pugnacious economics student has been the terror of the Brussels assembly with her provocative political demands and vitriolic verbal attacks.

Schröder's credo is "politics should be all about putting the finger on the sore spot," even if that means antagonizing your friends. Since the youngster from Berlin, like many of her party's rank and file, is an uncompromising conservationist and anti-militarist, the first target of her criticism has not been the...

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