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April 26, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The opposition's candidate for chancellor, Oskar Lafontaine, was seriously wounded Wednesday night when a woman calmly handed him a bouquet of flowers and then slashed his throat with a butcher knife before hundreds of his stunned supporters at a campaign rally here. The attacker was immediately overpowered by bystanders and taken into custody by police.
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March 12, 1999 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 20, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oskar Lafontaine, the 46-year-old premier of the depressed West German state of Saarland, was chosen Monday to lead the opposition Social Democratic Party in the election for chancellor against incumbent Helmut Kohl. Lafontaine was named in a secret party ballot only a day after the allied Social Democrats of East Germany were badly beaten by a center-right coalition of parties aligned with Kohl's Christian Democrats in the first free elections in that nation.
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November 17, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 30, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 27, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 29, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 17, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 12, 1999 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 25, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
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.
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September 29, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 30, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 27, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 26, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The opposition's candidate for chancellor, Oskar Lafontaine, was seriously wounded Wednesday night when a woman calmly handed him a bouquet of flowers and then slashed his throat with a butcher knife before hundreds of his stunned supporters at a campaign rally here. The attacker was immediately overpowered by bystanders and taken into custody by police.
NEWS
March 20, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oskar Lafontaine, the 46-year-old premier of the depressed West German state of Saarland, was chosen Monday to lead the opposition Social Democratic Party in the election for chancellor against incumbent Helmut Kohl. Lafontaine was named in a secret party ballot only a day after the allied Social Democrats of East Germany were badly beaten by a center-right coalition of parties aligned with Kohl's Christian Democrats in the first free elections in that nation.
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April 26, 1990 | From Times wire services
Oskar Lafontaine will continue the fight to oust West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in December's election despite having his throat slashed by a knife-wielding attacker at a political rally, his Social Democratic Party said today. "He will concentrate in the next days and weeks on regaining his health," party chairman Hans-Jochen Vogel said. "Then he will fully live up to the task the SPD has given him (as candidate for chancellor)."
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December 11, 1990 | Reuters
The German Social Democrats, in disarray after this month's crushing election defeat, Monday turned to a clean-cut state premier, Bjorn Engholm of Schleswig-Holstein, for new leadership. Engholm told reporters after an SPD ruling council meeting that he will run for chairman at a party congress in May when Hans-Jochen Vogel steps down from the job.
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