SPD SECREATY GENERAL SCHOLZ WALKS UNDER PARTY CONVENTION SIGN IN
Olaf Scholz, secretary general of the Social Democratic Party (SPD)
walks under a sign "Party convention" before the start of the SPD
convention in the western German city of Bochum November 17, 2003.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, whose centre-left government is
trying to push tax cuts and economic reforms through a parliamentary
mediation committee by year-end, said he was certain the 500 SPD
delegates would continue to back his efforts to revitalise the economy.