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Poll: Germans Blame Kohl Government for Economic Woes

Germans hold their politicians past and present responsible for the current economic and financial crisis, in particular former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's government coalition of Christian Democrats and business-friendly Free Democrats (1982-1998). A survey carried out by pollsters Infratest Dimap for ARD television showed that 28 percent of Germans blamed Kohl's government, while 23 percent said it was the fault of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's current Social Democrat-Green party governing coalition. Eleven percent held business and employers liable, and seven percent blamed trade unions for the current situation. Of the 550 people surveyed, 18 percent said politicians, the business community and the unions were responsible for the problems.