Lafontaine, Oskar

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Lafontaine, Oskar Gender: M
born on 16 September 1943 at 06:45 (= 06:45 AM )
Place Dillingen/Saar, Germany, 49n21, 6e44
Timezone MEDT h2e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°27' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 20°18 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 17°09'

Oskar Lafontaine
photo: Gunther Hißler, license gfdl


German politician who served in the government of Germany as Minister of Finance from 1998 to 1999. Previously he was Minister-President of the state of Saarland from 1985 to 1998, and he was also Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1995 to 1999. Beginning in 2007, Lafontaine was co-chairman of The Left. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, he announced his resignation from federal political functions in January 2010, citing health reasons.

Family and education

Lafontaine was born in Saarlouis into a family of craftsmen. His father, Hans Lafontaine, was a professional baker and was killed serving in World War II. He spent his childhood living with his mother Katharina (born Ferner) and twin brother, Hans, in Dillingen.

Lafontaine attended a Catholic episcopal boarding institution in Prüm and there was educated at the Regino-Gymnasium, a public school. He left school in 1962 and received a scholarship from Cusanuswerk, the scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany, to study physics at the universities of Bonn and Saarland. Lafontaine graduated in 1969; his thesis concerned the production of barium titanate crystals. He worked for Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft Saarbrücken until 1974, serving on its board from 1971.

Lafontaine has been married three times and has two sons by his second and third wives. He is currently married to Christa Müller, who leads a campaign against genital mutilation in Africa. The couple is now separated. In November 2011, Lafontaine officially presented fellow politician Sahra Wagenknecht as his new girlfriend, who is 26 years his junior. Lafontaine is a Roman Catholic.

Political rise

Lafontaine rose to prominence locally as mayor of Saarbrücken and became more widely known as a critic of chancellor Helmut Schmidt's support for the NATO plan to deploy Pershing II missiles in Germany. From 1985 to 1998 he served as prime minister of the Saarland. In this position he struggled to preserve the industrial base of the state, which was based on steel production and coal mining with subsidies, and served as President of the Bundesrat in 1992/93.

Chancellor candidacy and assassination attempt

Lafontaine was the SPD's candidate for Chancellor in the German federal election of 1990. He faced nearly impossible odds. The election had been called two months after the reunification of Germany, and the incumbent government of Helmut Kohl was in a nearly unassailable position. Although he lost, he was able to lead the SPD to a net 46-seat gain.

During the campaign, on 25 April 1990, he was attacked with a knife by the mentally deranged Adelheid Streidel (1947) after a speech in Cologne. His carotid artery was slashed and he remained in a critical condition for several days.

Political comeback

At the "Mannheim convention" in 1995, he was elected chairman of the SPD in a surprise move, replacing Rudolf Scharping. He was mainly responsible for bringing the whole political weight of the SPD to bear against Kohl and his CDU party, rejecting bipartisan cooperation that had characterized German politics for many years. Lafontaine argued that any help given to Kohl would only lengthen his unavoidable demise.

After this strategy gave the SPD an unexpectedly clear victory at the polls in September 1998, he was appointed Federal Minister of Finance in the first government of Gerhard Schröder.

Minister of Finance

During his short tenure as Minister of Finance, Lafontaine was a main bogeyman of UK Eurosceptics. This was because, among other things, he had called for the prompt tax harmonisation of the European Union, which would have resulted in an increase in UK taxes. In 1998, English tabloid "The Sun" called Lafontaine "Europe's most dangerous man". On 11 March 1999, he resigned from all his official and party offices, claiming that "lack of cooperation" in the cabinet had become unbearable. Until the formation of the Left Party he was known for his attacks against the Schroeder government in the tabloid Bild-Zeitung, which is generally considered conservative.

Leaving the SPD/Formation of The Left party

On 24 May 2005 Lafontaine left the SPD. After two weeks of speculation it was announced on 10 June that he would run as the lead candidate for The Left party (Die Linke), a coalition of the Labor and Social Justice Party (WASG), which is based in western Germany, and the Left Party. PDS, which was the successor to the ruling East German Socialist Unity Party (SED). Lafontaine joined the WASG on 18 June 2005 and was selected to head their list for the 2005 Federal Election in North Rhine-Westphalia on the same day. Moreover he also unsuccessfully contested the Saarbrücken constituency. Nevertheless, the result of the Linkspartei in the Saarland was by far the best in any of the federal states in the West of Germany.

In 2007, when the Left Party was formed in a merger between 'Left Party.PDS' and WASG, he became chairman alongside Lothar Bisky.

In May 2009, he declared that "Financial capitalism has failed. We need to democratize the economy. The workforce needs to have a far greater say in their companies than has been the case so far."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Gysi, Gregor (born 16 January 1948). Notes: political associates


  • Crime : Assault/ Battery Victimization 25 April 1990 (attacked with knife, dangerously wounded)
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  • Work : Gain social status 16 November 1995 (elected president of Socialdemocrat party)
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  • Work : Gain social status 27 October 1998 (federal minister of finance, in Schröder goverment)
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 11 March 1999 (resigned from goverment, after 186 days as minister)
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  • Social : Left group 24 May 2005 (declared leaving Socialdemocrat party; party book was returned on 30 May)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Oskar Lafontaine" by Werner Filmer and ‎Heribert Schwann (ECON Verlag, 1990), p. 21: "Gegen Mitternacht wurde [Katharina Lafontaine] ins St.-Elisabeth-Krankenhaus aufgenommen und bekam ein Bett im Kreißsaal. Am Morgen des 16. September 1943, um 6.30 Uhr, kam als erster Sohn Hans zur Welt. Fünfzehn Minuten später, um 6.45 Uhr, Sohn Oskar."

Translation: Around midnight [Katharina Lafontaine] was admitted to St. Elizabeth's hospital and got a bed in the delivery room. On the morning of September 16, 1943 at 6:30 o'clock, was the first son Hans born. Fifteen minutes later, at 6.45 o'clock, son Oskar.

Same data in "Oskar Lafontaine - Provokation und Politk: Eine Biografie" by Joachim Hoell (Dirk-Lehrach-Verlag, 2004), p. 7: "Es ist der 16. September 1943, ein Donnerstag, als Oskar Lafontaine um 6.45 Uhr in der St. -Elisabeth-Klinik in Saarlouis das Licht der Welt erblickt."

Another biography gives 6 a.m.: "Oskar Lafontaine: ein Portrait" by Evelyn Roll (Heyne, 1990), p. 7.

Previous data had 5:45am: Taeger quotes German astrology magazine Meridian 3/1990 and Swiss magazine Astrolog August 1991. In Meridian 3/1981 time is given as 5:51, rectified by Ulrike Voltmer. A speculative time of 14:18 in Meridian Oct. 1988 can be ignored.


  • Personal : Birth : Twin, triplet, etc. (Twin)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (SPD until 2005)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (WASG/Die Linke since 2005)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office