Slovakia urges 'fundamental' reform for Germany

15th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2005, BERLIN - Germany's conservatives must institute fundamental reform and not merely tinker with the economy if they succeed in ousting the ruling Social Democrats in elections this weekend, Slovak Finance Minister Ivan Miklos told Thursday's Welt newspaper.

15 September 2005

BERLIN - Germany's conservatives must institute fundamental reform and not merely tinker with the economy if they succeed in ousting the ruling Social Democrats in elections this weekend, Slovak Finance Minister Ivan Miklos told Thursday's Welt newspaper.

Miklos, who has led drastic market-oriented reforms in Slovakia, urged challenger Angela Merkel to act quickly and decisively, should her alliance of Christian Democrats and liberals win in Sunday's poll.

"One needs to be clear about the comprehensive and thoroughgoing character of reform politics," Miklos told Welt, a conservative daily that backs Merkel.

"If you initiate only isolated changes, the effects will be greater costs, and there will be no successes.

"If you really want to revive the economy, to stimulate the jobs market, then you have to reform fundamentally and rapidly," Miklos said.

He warned that political will and courage tended to decline in the course of a term in office, and that governments ran the risk of losing their parliamentary majority.

Miklos has earned a reputation as a radical reformer, instituting a controversial flat rate of income tax, cutting social benefits and liberalizing the labour market in Slovakia.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

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