The group is best known for the 2002 song, “The Ketchup Song” (Aserejé), which sold over 7 million singles. The group sold over 12 million copies with the first album, but the second did not achieve the same success. After the 2002 election, the SPD steadily lost support in opinion polls. Many increasingly perceived Schröder’s Third Way program to be a dismantling of the German welfare state. Moreover, Germany’s high unemployment rate remained a serious problem for the government.
German opposition parties expressed concern over the issue, as did the governments of countries over whose territory gas is currently pumped. In an editorial entitled Gerhard Schroeder’s Sellout, the American newspaper The Washington Post also expressed sharp criticism, reflecting widening international ramifications of Schröder’s new post. Democrat Tom Lantos, chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, likened Schröder to a “political prostitute” for his recent behaviour. In January 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that Schröder would join the board of the oil company TNK-BP, a joint venture between oil major BP and Russian partners.
Schröder’s tax policies were also unpopular; when the satirical radio show The Gerd Show released “Der Steuersong”, featuring Schröder’s voice (by impressionist Elmar Brandt) lampooning Germany’s indirect taxation with the lyrics “Dog tax, tobacco tax, emissions and environmental tax, did you really think more weren’t coming?”, it became Germany’s 2002 Christmas #1 hit and sold over a million copies. The fact that Schröder served on the Volkswagen board (a position that came with his position as minister-president of Lower Saxony) and tended to prefer pro-car policies led to him being nicknamed the “Auto-Kanzler” (car chancellor). 2002 Singles. Australian Recording Industry Association.
He spoke for the dissident Rudolf Bahro, as did President Jimmy Carter, Herbert Marcuse and Wolf Biermann. In 1982 he wrote an article on the idea of a red/green coalition for a book at Olle & Wolter, Berlin; this appeared later in “Die Zeit”. Chancellor Willy Brandt, the SPD and SI chairman, who reviewed Olle & Wolter at that time, had just asked for more books on the subject. In 1980 Gerhard Schröder was elected to the German Bundestag (federal parliament), where he wore a sweater instead of the traditional suit.
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The song, the second single for Las Ketchup, was a big hit and went to number 1 in the Brazilian charts. The dance also became popular with preteens and teens in Brazil and the song was one of the main reason Las hijas del Tomate sold 1 million copies (Diamond Disc in Brazil). Las Ketchup was a Spanish family pop girl group, founded by flamenco record producer Manuel “Queco” Ruiz. The group is best known for the 2002 hit single, “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)”, a single that sold over 7 million copies worldwide. The group’s debut studio album, Hijas del Tomate, has sold over 12 million copies worldwide, but the second did not achieve the same success.
Along with French President Jacques Chirac and many other world leaders, Schröder spoke out strongly against the 2003 invasion of Iraq and refused any military assistance in that enterprise. Schröder’s stance caused political friction between the U.S. and Germany, in particular because he used this topic for his 2002 election campaign. Schröder’s stance set the stage for alleged anti-American statements by members of the SPD. The parliamentary leader of the SPD, Ludwig Stiegler, compared U.S. President George W. Bush to Julius Caesar while Schröder’s Minister of Justice, Herta Däubler-Gmelin, likened Bush’s foreign policy to that of
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On 1 August 2004, the 60th anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, he apologised to Poland for “the immeasurable suffering” of its people during the conflict. He was the first German chancellor to be invited to an anniversary of the uprising. In addition to a friendly relationship with Jacques Chirac, Schröder cultivated close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an attempt to strengthen the “strategic partnership” between Berlin and Moscow, including the opening of a gas pipeline from Russian Dan Marino-Pipelines over the Baltic Sea exclusively between Russia and Germany (see “Gazprom controversy” below).
The album release was delayed until the beginning of 2006. They planned to release one million copies and their record producer Queco, who also produced and wrote their worldwide single, “Aserejé”, indicated that the album displayed their original sound.
Adolf Hitler. Schröder’s critics accused him of enhancing, and campaigning on, anti-American sentiments in Germany. Since his 2002 re-election, Schröder and Bush rarely met and their animosity was seen as a widening political gap between the U.S. and Europe. Bush stated in his memoirs that Schröder initially promised to support the Iraq war but changed his mind with the upcoming German elections and public opinion strongly against the invasion, to which Schröder responded saying that Bush was “not telling the truth”.