Don't Choose Gridlock, Germany

Now that Germany's Socialists have chosen Gerhard Schroder as their candidate to run against Helmut Kohl in parliamentary elections next September, talk has begun that the next government should be a "grand coalition" formed by Schroder's Social Democrats and Kohl's ruling Christian Democrats. Only such a powerful combination, the argument goes, could push through the tax, pension, and other reforms Germany urgently needs. This is a bad idea. A grand coalition would only formalize political gridlock.

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