Kohl The Knife

He's moving to slash the welfare state

Every Easter, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl vacations for a couple of weeks in the Austrian Alps. He sees a few political friends and does an interview or two, but the main aim is to relax and lose a few kilos at the spa town of Bad Hofgastein. This year, however, he hatched a radical dieting plan for all of Germany. If Kohl sticks to the regime, the outcome could be revolutionary economic change, ending the country's traditional social harmony among labor, management, and government.

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