Oct 7, 2002
A few months ago, it appeared that Chancellor Gerhard Schroder would lose the elections – reproached by the electorate for a dismal economy.
But then Schroder found a good election issue: in the last weeks before the election, Schroder announced his opposition to Bush's plan for a war against Iraq. That was enough to win him re-election, given the overwhelming opposition in Germany to such a war.
Almost as soon as the election was over, Schroder was back to trying to worm his way into Bush's good graces.
And German voters who liked Schroder's anti-war stance will find out how their votes stack up if the U.S. decides to go to war – just like those who count on the Democrats to stop the drive toward war.