No sooner are the Social Democrats in power than they get into trouble. Party leader and Minister of Finances Oskar Lafontaine steps down rom his offices, initially giving no reasons for his shock-decision.
The next severe test for the coalition between the Social Democrats and the Greens is not long in coming. For years, a civil war had been raging in the Balkans. For the first time since the end of World War II, German Federal Armed Forces participate in a war, sending Tornado fighter jets to the Balkans as part of the NATO offensive against the Milosovic regime. Reactions from political parties and the German population are divided. Although the Greens are particularly at odds over the German participation, they approve after lengthy discussion.
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The “Teletubbies” cause quite a stir among parents and pedagogues. Are the gaudy characters of high educational value, or just plain stupid?
In August, millions of fascinated Germans marvel at a total solar eclipse.