[Marxism] Maverick German leftist Lafontaine travels to Cuba

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 28 06:06:38 MDT 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 10:21

Subject: /Germany-Politics/Cuba/

Maverick German leftist Lafontaine travels to Cuba


Berlin (dpa) - Maverick German leftwing politician Oskar Lafontaine
has begun a three-day working visit to Cuba, the Left Party announced
in Berlin Tuesday.

Lafontaine, who is chairman of the party, was to meet the president
of the Cuban parliament, Ricardo Alarcon, and Foreign Minister Felipe
Peres Roque during the trip, the party said.

He was also to meet representatives of German companies in Cuba.

The former German finance minister is being accompanied by Left Party
deputy chairman Klaus Ernst.

Lafontaine has had a chequered career in German politics. As the
candidate for the Social Democrats (SPD) he campaigned unsuccessfully
in 1990 to unseat long-serving Christian Democrat chancellor Helmut

He was finance minister under SPD chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from
the SPD's victory in the September 1998 elections, but resigned in
March 1999, amid strong ideological differences with the mainstream

Since then he has teamed up with former communists from the eastern
part of Germany in the Left Party, the fourth largest party in the
German parliament.

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