August 30, 2004

GERMAN SENTIMENTALITY?:

Schroeder’s ‘stunts’ wear thin (Melanie Haape, 8/29/04, Sunday Herald)

[I]n the heat of ongoing street protests against upcoming Hartz IV changes to Germany’s unemployment and social security laws , Schroeder is appealing to German sentimentality to halt his plummeting popularity.

Faced with mass demonstrations against cuts to social security benefits and his lowest popularity rating in his six-year term, he has recently opted to adopt a three-year-old Russian orphan girl, Victoria.

The latest Forsa Institute survey shows that fewer than one in three Germans would vote for the Social Democratic party right now, and the reformed communist Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) is gaining ground because of widespread rejection, especially in the former East Germany, of his reform policies.


Gosh, the Euros loved it when his stunt was anti-Americanism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 5:56 PM
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