Only two months after the swearing in of the Red-Green government, that
had been re-elected to office only by the narrowest of margins,
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) threatened his resignation. Speaking
to the Executive of his Social Democratic Party on December 10, he said:
"Anyone who thinks they can do...
"Time for a change in Germany", was the title of last week’s right wing
magazine, The Economist (London). This reflected the wish of the
international and German capitalists for a new coalition government of
the conservative CDU/CSU and the liberal FDP that could accelerate
attacks on the welfare state...
Schröder’s policy statement amounts to a declaration of war on the
workers, the unemployed and the pensioners. He has presented a catalogue
of cruelty which severely cuts back the standard of living, the social
security and the rights of working people. This declaration of war
against the trade unions must...