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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

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