Gerhard Schroder

Gerhard Schroder in Europe

Life and Work of Gerhard Schroder (1944-)

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes gerhard schroder (1944-) in the following terms: [1] In 1998 Gerhard Schroder succeeded Helmut Kohl to become the first German Social Democrat chancellor since Helmut Schmidt in 1982. Schroder had made himself electable by jettisoning his radical past, born of a deprived provincial childhood, and portraying himself as a friend of business. His ‘new middle’ (neue Mitte), modelled on Prime Minister Tony Blair’s ‘third way’, was launched on Europe by the two leaders in a fanfare of publicity in 1999. Intended to pave the way for a shift towards free market policies, it did not long survive setbacks in regional elections and the disdain of French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. Schroder soon reverted to populist policies, confirming the impression of a politician without a guiding star. Early in 2000, however, his fortunes received an unforeseen boost when the opposition CDU was disgraced by revelations of campaign slush funds, a scandal that reached to Kohl himself. Further helped by economic recovery, Schroder swung again, forcing through tax reform, restoring Franco-German relations and licensing Foreign Minister Joschka Frischer to float controversial ideas for advancing European federation.

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  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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