May 15, 2000 |
To a conservative gubernatorial challenger's anti-immigrant campaign demand for aid to "our children instead of Indians," voters in Germany's most populous state gave a decisive reply Sunday: The incumbent instead of you. North Rhine-Westphalia Gov.
October 13, 1995 |
Can things possibly get worse for Germany's Social Democrats? At times this summer and fall, the country's oldest political party has been so troubled, so rudderless, that the governing Christian Democrats have enjoyed a virtual free ride in the Parliament and chancellery, with no unified opposition at all. Social Democratic Party leader Rudolf Scharping, 47, is proving unable to bring his noisy, intraparty opponents into line.
March 11, 1994 |
Germany's marathon election year begins Sunday with a state Parliament vote in Lower Saxony that Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democratic Union is virtually certain to lose. Yet Kohl has been barnstorming the northern state, trying to stave off a snowball effect from the first of 19 votes that will culminate in a general election on Oct. 16.
March 9, 1994 |
German unemployment rose to a postwar record of 4.04 million in February, climbing toward the jobless levels that helped bring Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler to power in 1933. The Federal Labor Office announcement Tuesday of a 10.5% jobless rate bodes poorly for Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his center-right Christian Democratic Union in this year of 19 state and federal elections. The country will vote for a new Parliament and chancellor in October.
October 18, 1994 |
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's winning coalition government was on the defensive Monday as political commentators pondered how long it could survive with weak allies and a toughened opposition. ARD public television drew a black eye on a picture of the smiling Kohl, whose stubborn optimism put him first across the finish line in Sunday's federal election to claim a skimpy majority of 48.4% of the popular vote to 48.1% for the combined opposition. That was a big loss from 54.
September 22, 1997 |
It may not be the stuff that drives elections here, but it certainly reflected an unusual meanness of spirit in German politics last week when word got out that one of the nation's most respected public figures, former President Richard von Weizsaecker, had been given the bum's rush by his own party.
May 25, 1992 |
In a sign of growing disillusionment among both western and eastern Germans arising from the difficulties that have plagued the country in the wake of unification, voters in Berlin's community elections deserted the two main political parties Sunday, flocking instead to extremist or alternative groups.
September 14, 1993 |
With his party's popularity plummeting and Germans grumbling about the strains of unification, Chancellor Helmut Kohl unofficially launched his reelection bid Monday by acknowledging the country's problems but assuring Germany that it is still better off than most of the world.
December 4, 1990 |
The world's most prominent environmental party has become an endangered species after German voters locked the Greens out of the newly united nation's first Parliament. Sunday's defeat left the Greens stunned, bitter and--as ever--divided. "It's a very shocking development," lamented Petra Kelly, a party co-founder and stepdaughter of an American Army officer. "We have failed not only in political terms, but in human terms as well," she said in an interview Monday.
December 3, 1990 |
With their decisive electoral mandate, voters Sunday propelled Chancellor Helmut Kohl into a new chapter of German history, one filled with challenges far different from those that accompanied unification. He must deal with a series of divisive, potentially explosive issues in both domestic and foreign policy affairs that will require a new level of political courage.