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July 11, 2005

Germans craft pro-U.S. agenda to oust Schroeder

Topics: International News

In what could result in good news for relations between the U.S. and Germany, the AP is reporting that Germany's opposition has a draft that aims to oust Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder with a program to boost Europe's largest economy and "reinvigorate" relations with the United States. Is this 'good news' and is the MSM actually covering it?

- Chicago Sun Times

The program, to be formally endorsed today by the Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, includes an increase in sales tax and looser rules for companies to hire and fire staff. It also rules out Turkish membership in the European Union.

The parties are also trying to win back voters by invoking Germany's strained relations with Washington. Schroeder ran for re-election in 2002 on a platform opposing the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and Bush pointedly refused to offer the traditional congratulations to him on his victory.

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The Christian Democratic Union and it's sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union, have adherents among Roman Catholics, Protestants, rural interests, and members of all economic classes, and are generally conservative on economic and social policy and more identified with the Roman Catholic, and to a lesser extent Protestant, churches than are the other major parties, and their programs are more pragmatic than ideological.

So it appears that, at least in Germany, there just might be a little movement toward old time 'faith and values,' or at the very least, some gain in the strength of Center to Right adherents.

Posted by Hyscience at July 11, 2005 11:26 AM



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