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Germany

Schröder Confident of 2006 Victory

German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said he knows who'll win Germany's next general elections in 2006. "Clearly, we'll win," the Social Democrat told Stern magazine in an interview published on Tuesday. According to the latest poll results, the opposition Christian Democrats have lost voter support in the wake of the perks scandal involving party deputy Laurenz Meyer. Schröder said the outcome of the next election would be influenced by how the reforms he's introduced pan out and how well German interests are being represented in international politics. But the decisive factor, he said, would be the "alternative Gerhard Schröder and (Green party Foreign Minister) Joschka Fischer, or (opposition leaders) Angela Merkel and Guido Westerwelle." Schröder said he didn't think the results of the soccer World Cup, which Germany hosts in 2006, would have any impact on the election outcome.

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