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Recently, the big bad wolf of German politics, and ET favourite, the hardline CDU PM of Hessen state Roland Koch earned his latest headlines with Harz IV. Back in January, in best US Republican bame-the-poor style, he suggested that here should be an obligation to work for Harz-IV receivers, as a deterrence. He got negative reactions from most quarters, including federal labour minister Ursula von der Leyen (a Merkel confidante), who told that a few black sheep among Harz-IV receivwers who don't want to work shouldn't be reason to punish them all. However, Koch continued with his rhetoric, and then threatened to block von der Leyen's administrative reform of the job centers treating Harz-IV receivers (which was mandated by another constitutional court ruling).

I haven't seen Koch's reaction to the current ruling yet, but am searching the news.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Feb 10th, 2010 at 02:31:32 PM EST
I find that the Hassian SPD says the ruling was a slap for Koch for his attacks on Harz-IV receivers, but Koch himself apparently didn't say anything.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Feb 10th, 2010 at 02:37:43 PM EST
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Koch seems to be on the fringes of his own party on this...

About a year and a half ago I was having coffee with a (very minor) young local CDU functionary. At some point he started talking about the need to develop a "modern conservatism". This of course in the context of a major city with high proportions of

  • migrants
  • single-parent households
  • gays
  • persons dependent on subsidized housing
  • environmentalism and global climate change

Some CDU politicians, like von der Leyen, at least seem to recognize that these issues exist. The Kochs do not.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Feb 10th, 2010 at 05:20:44 PM EST
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