May 30, 1990 |
Barely two weeks after victories in two state elections lifted the opposition Social Democrats into a position to challenge West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on key elements of the German unification process, serious internal differences threaten to destroy those gains.
April 27, 1990 |
A woman who calmly plunged a butcher knife into the throat of one of West Germany's most popular politicians told police Thursday that she did it for the publicity. Recovering from a wound that narrowly missed a major artery, a weak but cheerful Oskar Lafontaine told Social Democratic Party leaders from his hospital bed that he will carry on his campaign to unseat conservative Chancellor Helmut Kohl despite Wednesday night's assassination attempt at a packed rally here.
September 29, 1990 |
The new all-German Social Democratic Party on Friday overwhelmingly endorsed 47-year-old Saarland Prime Minister Oskar Lafontaine as its candidate to challenge Helmut Kohl for the post of chancellor of a united Germany next December.
November 17, 1995 |
Germany's main opposition party, the embattled Social Democrats, dumped leader Rudolf Scharping at its annual party congress on Thursday and elected in his place the independent-minded governor of the southwestern state of Saarland. Oskar Lafontaine, 52, is remembered foremost as the man who resoundingly lost Germany's 1990 federal election to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a Christian Democrat.
March 12, 1999 |
Leftist Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine resigned Thursday after a bitter clash with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, freeing the German leader to cater to the political middle he had courted in last fall's election. However, the conflicts within Schroeder's 4 1/2-month-old government are probably far from over. Lafontaine's departure leaves a leadership of center-left Social Democrats and environmentalist Greens deeply divided over how to curb 11.
April 25, 1990 |
Oskar Lafontaine, West Germany's leading opposition candidate for chancellor, was stabbed in the throat by a woman at an election rally today, police said. A woman carrying a bunch of flowers approached Lafontaine, 46, as he stood on stage at the Cologne Stadthalle and stabbed him with a knife. Police, correcting initial reports that Lafontaine was shot, said the Social Democratic Party's candidate to unseat Chancellor Helmut Kohl in December's elections fell bleeding to the floor.