Sunday, September 18, 2005

German elections

First estimates for voting percentages in German election are:
CDU: 35%
SPD: 34%
FDP: 10%
Greens: 8%
Left: 8%

The collapse in the Christian Democrats previously enormous (18 points) lead over the Social Democrats is already being described as a disaster for Angela Merkel. The most likely outcome now seems to be the re-creation of the Grand Coalition of CDU-SPD-FDP of several generations ago (which then was a step towards government for the long-excluded SPD). The Left vote held up well - only sorry they didn't clearly overtake the Freed Democrats and Greens; but if there is a Grand Coalition the space for the Left to grow as principled opposition to neo-liberalism looks good.


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18 September 2005 at 21:12  

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