Tough Love From Kohl

Postwar Germany built its economic success on social consensus among business, labor, and government. Now Chancellor Helmut Kohl, one of its arch proponents, is putting that consensus on the line. His push to slash $33 billion of government spending next year and prune $13 billion from Germany's extensive welfare net has brought screams of outrage from labor unions, the opposition Social Democratic Party and Green Party, and even Catholic bishops.

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