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Schäuble: waiting for power?

Anne McElvoy talks to Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany's second most powerful man

By Anne McElvoy   November 1995

Wolfgang Schäuble, 52, was one of the central strategists of German unity. Despite being paralysed from the chest downwards following an assassination attempt, he is also Helmut Kohl’s chosen successor if the Chancellor should decide not to stand again in 1998. Having negotiated German unification in 1989, he has turned his attention to an even more contentious unification project as one of the Christian Democrats’ leading thinkers on Europe. Domestically he is regarded as a nationalist with forthright views on the consequences of Germany’s restored sovereignty. In this he represents a generational shift in relation to Kohl. His nationalism, however,…

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