German leftists lose key leader

BERLIN, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Germany loses one of its most controversial politicians as Left Party leader Oskar Lafontaine, once termed the most dangerous man in Europe, quits politics because of his poor health.

In Germany, Leftists eye breakthrough

BERLIN, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- In Germany, an alliance of former communists and disgruntled Social Democrats is hoping for a breakthrough in Sunday's federal elections.
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Atlantic Eye: Stirring political potpourri

PARIS, June 20 (UPI) -- It might be game, set and match for Senator Obama, but the United States is still not out of domestic political turmoil. In international affairs the United States is worryingly out of the political loop. Halfway through 2008, here are my thoughts on some political happenings in the United States, Poland, Germany, Serbia, Zimbabwe, Georgia and Nepal.
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German leader touts Marx ideas

BERLIN, April 15 (UPI) -- A leader of Germany's Left Party said he is calling for portions of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to be officially adopted as official party policy.

Marx's manifesto revived in Germany

BERLIN, April 14 (UPI) -- A top German far-left leader has called for parts of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to be adopted as policy for his party.

Atlantic Eye: Liquidate them if necessary

MOSCOW, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Forty six years ago, in August 1961, the Berlin Wall was built. Newly discovered documents show that "shoot to kill" orders were issued despite previous denials by then leaders of East Germany. In total 1,245 were murdered trying to escape.
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Schroeder: No coalition with leftist union

BERLIN, July 25 (UPI) -- Germany's Social Democrats will "definitely not" team up with a union of two leftist parties after the upcoming federal elections, top party officials said.

German labor protests smaller than hoped

LEIPZIG, Germany, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The latest round of German labor protests drew about 70,000 demonstrators Monday, fewer than expected and fewer than the week before.

German protesters reject political parties

LEIPZIG, Germany, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Germany's swelling band of labor protesters now opposes a speech by a former Social Democratic Party head, saying they want to remain non-political.

Oskar Lafontaine (German pronunciation: ; born September 16, 1943, Saarlouis-Roden) is a German politician, former German finance minister, former chairman of the Social Democratic Party and former prime minister of the state of Saarland. Currently he is co-chairman of The Left.

He rose to prominence locally as mayor of Saarbr├╝cken and became more widely known as a critic of chancellor Helmut Schmidt's support for the NATO plan to deploy Pershing II missiles in Germany. From 1985 to 1998 he served as prime minister of the Saarland. In this position he struggled to preserve the industrial base of this state which was based on steel production and coal mining with subsidies, and served as President of the Bundesrat in 1992/93.

In the German federal election of 1990, he was the SPD's Chancellor candidate. The party was defeated due to the national euphoria following the reunification. During the campaign he was attacked with a knife by a mentally deranged woman after a speech in Cologne. His carotid artery was slashed and he remained in a critical condition for several days.

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