Why Germany's Opposition Likes Schroder Down But Not Out

It's the kind of comeback that politicians the world over dream of. Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost its hold on the Chancellor's office to the Social Democratic Party (SPD) barely a year ago. But in recent weeks, the Christian Democrats have won four regional elections in a row against the Social Democrats, dealing a humiliating blow to Chancellor Gerhard Schroder. The victories give the Christian Democrats control of the upper house. How they use their newfound clout will determine the fate of reform in Germany. And if the Christian Democrats play their cards right, they could spearhead a resurgence of the center-right in Europe.

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