Schröder Fires Himself

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German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder

What shall it profit a politician if he saves his economy but loses his job? With apologies to St. Mark, that's the dilemma faced right now by Gerhard Schröder. For the past several months, rank-and-file members of the German Chancellor's Social Democratic Party (SPD) have become enraged by the extremely necessary but extremely painful economic and labor reforms Schröder has pushed into law. "We have lost the confidence of our core voters," said Heiko Maas, the party leader in Saarland. Nearly 40,000 SPD members resigned from the party last year in protest. Last week, Schröder tried to stop the revolt by...

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