From: "Editor/NewsCenter" <editor at newscenter.org> To: <lbo-talk at lists.panix.com> Subject: Oskar Warns Schroeder Of Rightwing Shift Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 09:03:30 -0500 Message-ID: <NCBBKECCAKECKOPGJCJKIEJDCKAA.editor at newscenter.org> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain;
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Lafontaine warns Schroeder over rightwing shift BERLIN, March 14 (AFP) - Former German finance minister Oskar Lafontaine implicitly warned Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder not to steer his ruling party too far to the right, urging the party to remember "the heart lies on the left, not in the stock exchange." Lafontaine, highly popular within the leftwing of the ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD), made the remarks in an interview with ARD television, his first political comments since quitting last Thursday.
In a thinly veiled criticism of Schroeder's management skills, he said he had resigned because of a "poor team game" in the coalition government.
Schroeder and Lafontaine had frequently squabbled over economic policy, particularly over tax initiatives that Germany's powerful business lobby contested would cripple competitiveness.