Steady hand policy
The term, which Schröder himself coined, characterizes the principle of his policy in those years not to react too hastily to short-term economic developments. The opposition criticized the policy of the steady hand as inaction after the red-green coalition had previously been criticized, partly by the same people, for launching too many reform projects at once and too quickly. CSU General Secretary Markus Söder , who, like the CSU party chairman Edmund Stoiber , saw this policy as the cause of the rise of the NPD in 2005, described the policy of the steady hand as the "policy of the lazy hand".
In March 2003, the policy of the steady hand was replaced by Agenda 2010 .
A similar term, the politics of small steps , was previously used by Otto von Bismarck (“Politics of Patience, Small Steps and Waiting”), Willy Brandt and Egon Bahr (guiding principles on Eastern politics in the Cold War) and later by Angela Merkel Used at the beginning of her term of office as Federal Chancellor in 2005 (as a model for her policy).
- ZDFheute .de: NPD Debate: Outrage after Stoiber's attack on the government ( memento of the original from November 30, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , February 25, 2005.