Germany: For Schroder, It's Reform Or Bust

It has been a difficult few weeks for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder. Two Cabinet members were forced to resign in January after mishandling the government's response to public fears over mad cow disease. The conservative opposition is demanding that Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, once a radical activist, follow suit after news broke that he wounded a policeman during a street demonstration in the early 1970s. Finance Minister Hans Eichel is under attack for allegedly using official planes for private trips. As if that were not enough, Labor Minister Walter Riester is facing criticism for his lackluster performance in recent debates in parliament.

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