On September 27, 1998, Gerhard Schroeder,
a "bluff and combative" legislator from Lower Saxony, was chosen
a new chancellor of Germany. Mass media consider him to be a "breath
of fresh air" after 16 years of Helmut Kohl's governing. This was
a big news for the whole political world.
The event hit the headlines of the leading newspapers and magazines. Most
of them, having electronic versions of their issues, put the articles
dedicated to Schroeder's success on the Internet.
The CNN Interactive
has fully reflected the new German chancellor elections.
Who is this man, who put the Kohl era to an end, whom Germans have chosen
their new chancellor, who will be the first to govern from the new capital
of the unified Germany? For many people Gerhard Schroeder remains an enigma. The
first thing to do is to have a look at Schroeder's curriculum vitae.
The general outline of his political convictions
and some personal characteristics including his hint of charisma
can be found on the Gerhard
Schroeder: Upstart at the chancellor's gate page. The turning point
in Germany's political life became incoming center-left government sign
coalition pact. The chancellor-elect has formed a government of his own,
and what it makes in coalition with Greens is seen in the line-up of Germany's
new cabinet, which, however, has suffered a blow on Monday, Oct 19, when
Schroeder's choice for economics minister refused the job. New German
Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine, however, is a powerful and experienced
politician, and makes a good match to the chancellor himself.
On October 27 Gerhard Schroeder was formally
elected as the country's new chancellor, and this day Germany set
to crown him.
System Read here about how the politics in Germany is made, the difference
between the Chancellor and the President, what Bundestag and Bundesrat
are, and more.
History Explore German political past right from the Merovingian dynasty
and till the Unification of the 90s.
Woes Seven cabinet members have already left Schroeder's crew. Read
here about the reasons of early resignation of the last two ministers.