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Germany's long road to normal nationhood takes a new turn, with even the rock stars getting nationalistic and the liberal Die Zeit being rude about Turks

By Hugh Williamson   November 2004

Calling the turn on Schröder The German chancellor is enjoying himself again. Gerhard Schröder has a spring in his step, and not just because of his happy home life in Hanover, after the adoption this summer of daughter Victoria, a three-year-old Russian girl. He senses that two years after his re-election, the political tide might be turning, in his favour, ahead of the 2006 national elections. On the face of it, this is surprising. Eighteen months after he launched his Agenda 2010 economic reform package, many of the measures remain very unpopular. His ruling Social Democrats have recorded their worst…

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