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…and his latest book

One of Germany's leading political commentators considers Oskar Lafontaine's Red-Green manifesto

By Gunter Hofmann   November 1998

It is not everyday that a husband and wife team-she an economist, he a physicist turned politician and now probably Germany’s new finance minister-co-author a book. It is even more unusual when they actually write it themselves. This is the book’s strong point. Its weak point is the incessant jargon: “rebuilding,” “inclusiveness,” “harmonisation” and so on. Don’t Be Afraid of Globalisation (JHW Diete Nachf) is a Red-Green manifesto; although published several months ago, it provides a useful guide to the intellectual underpinnings of Germany’s new government. Economic issues are set firmly in their political and ecological context. But Christa M?ller…

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