News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.

Pressure grows on Kohl over his slush funds

HELMUT KOHL was under mounting pressure yesterday even from within his party to make a clean breast about the slush funds he ran when he was Chancellor of Germany.

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Suitcase of cash given to arms dealer by senior party officials reveals existence of covert fund operated by former Chancellor

Obituary: Amintore Fanfani

SHORTLY AFTER being elected chairman of the UN General Assembly in 1965, Amintore Fanfani tripped and broke his foot. According to popular legend, he exploited the mishap for some of his characteristically wry self-analysis in a letter to party colleagues: "It's not the first time I've fallen, and it won't be the first time that I've pull myself back up again."

Schroder vows to continue reforms

AFTER A string of electoral disasters left him at the mercy of the opposition, Chancellor Gerhard Schroder vowed yesterday to continue economic reforms in defiance of his own party.

Schroder's slump helps racists rise

THE RACIST German People's Union, DVU, swept yesterday into a second regional assembly in the east, as disaffected voters deserted Chancellor Gerhard Schroder's Social Democrats.

`Lame duck' Schroder faces defeats

LESS THAN a year into his term, Gerhard Schroder is rapidly turning into a lame-duck Chancellor: his majority consumed by internal battles, sleaze eating into the soul of his Social Democrat party (SPD), and a series of catastrophic election defeats looming.

MEPs may reject Prodi's Commission

ROMANO PRODI'S honeymoon as incoming European Commission president came to an abrupt end yesterday with threats of a new constitutional crisis and the rejection of the entire new team of 19 commissioners.

New coalition for Belgium

New coalition for Belgium

European Elections: Angry Germans give Schroder a poll message

THE LOWEST turn-out in a federal election in Germany delivered the worst result yet for the Social Democrats, (SPD) one of the best for the right-of-centre Christian Democrats, and swept the successors of a communist regime into the European parliament for the first time.

Tories in secret alliance talks with neo-fascists

BRITISH TORIES have had secret talks with Italian neo-fascists to form an alliance in the European Parliament after Thursday's election.

Schroder bloodied in first poll test

GERHARD SCHRODER'S honeymoon with German voters came to a sudden end yesterday as his Social Democrats plunged to an unexpected defeat in the first regional elections since September's change of government in Bonn.

'We feel the old splits resurfacing ... people fear anything could happen'

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Obituary: Gerhard Jahn

AS FEDERAL German Minister of Justice, Gerhard Jahn had the embarrassing job of having to call Willy Brandt, his boss and the then German Chancellor, for a short talk. He wanted to know whether there was any truth in the rumour that the newly exposed East German spy, Gunter Guillaume, an assistant to Brandt, had provided him with girls. Brandt told Jahn it was ridiculous and that he should tell the rumourmonger so in no uncertain terms. Brandt nevertheless decided to resign weeks later in May 1974. Jahn did not keep his appointment under the new Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt. Some thought he had been unfairly treated.
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