Gerhard Schroeder chickens out
Germany attacks US on Iran threat
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has warned the US to back away from the possibility of military action against Iran over its nuclear programme.
His comments come a day after President Bush reiterated that force remained an option but only as a last resort.
And why would that be?
Mr Schroeder’s rejection of force came at the official launch of his party’s election campaign.
The BBC’s Ray Furlong – reporting from Hanover – says there was an echo of his last election campaign three years ago, when his steadfast opposition to the use of force against Iraq helped get him re-elected.
In the meantime, Angela Merkel calls for tougher anti-terror laws.
The game is afoot,
Fear and Loathing in Bavaria, How not to be top, and Blunders by rival give Schröder fresh hope of election victory say Schroeder might win, while there’s Slim Merkel majority in election race: new poll.
The Economist says that neither leader looks up to the challenge of putting Germany right, while Iran has No appetite for carrots, no fear of sticks.