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Merkel wins German election, coalition partner falls short: Exit polls

  • Exit polls suggest Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won 42.5% of the vote in Germany's federal elections.
  • The Chancellor's FDP coalition partner is lagging with just 4.5%. That's less than the 5% needed to secure representation in the Bundestag.
  • The results are a vote of confidence for Merkel's handling of the debt crisis that has plagued the eurozone for the past several years.
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  • TruffelPig
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    Looks like CDU-SPD big coalition if FDP fails.
    22 Sep 2013, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    Unfortunately, the other countries in Europe that got really f#$%ed by germany do not get to vote on Merkel.
    22 Sep 2013, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • American in Paris
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    You mean the countries that depend on Germany to avoid bankruptcy don't get to vote on Merkel.

     

    I am very happy with that arrangement.
    22 Sep 2013, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • aeroguy48
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    There were forecasts the Green party was going to be decimated. I hope that's true.
    22 Sep 2013, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • TFCAB
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    i expect the revelation about the 1980's Green Party's official platform endorsing pedophilia did not help them much
    22 Sep 2013, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    aero

     

    While the Green vote dropped significantly the Party may have gained significant leverage.

     

    The conventional opinion is that the CDU and SPD will now form a 'Grand Coalition' but this may be easier said than done. Many on the right of the CDU (and especially within its Bavarian sister Party) are opposed to such a coalition. Many in the SPD believe that their Party suffered electorally as a result of their previous participation in such a grand coalition and therefore will insist that the SPD receive significant leverage in such a future coalition in order to prevent such negative electoral consequences.

     

    On the other hand, the Green Party has recently moved to the centre of the German electoral spectrum, is in coalitions with the CDU is several States at present and its 8 plus percent compliments the CDU 42% thereby giving such a potential coalition the necessary majority in parliament.
    22 Sep 2013, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • zorrba
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    What brand of glue are you smoking?
    22 Sep 2013, 06:40 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Btw, if the FDP doesn't make it I'd say Merkel LOST the elections because she will have to do a big coalition. The SPD will be not as tame as the last time that happened when the SPD did the work and Merkel collected the honor for it.

     

    The FDP is a pile of dung and finally is going to be doug under. RIP FDP - that was the last time you ever had any significance. It is a shame what happened to the party of a Genscher!
    22 Sep 2013, 03:56 PM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    TruffelPig -

     

    You might have added that the Green Party has moved recently to the political centre of German Federal politics and thereby gained a significant following amongst the young, urban, professional electorate that was until recently supportive of the FDP.
    22 Sep 2013, 05:32 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    I didn't want to write anything eloquent about the FDP - but you are correct. I do not think the green voters come from the FDP though - they lost the social part in liberal a long long time ago. They turned first into economy liberals under Lambsdorf and than into what I called them with their incompetent leaders.
    22 Sep 2013, 06:11 PM Reply Like
  • American in Paris
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    The SPD is not a party of reform. In fact, it wants a bigger German state with more entitlements and even price controls on rent.
    22 Sep 2013, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • American in Paris
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    Liberalism is good. European social democracy has failed. There is no reason that people cannot be partly responsible for financing their retirement like in the States.

     

    Germany in recent years has lagged in reforms and it will pay a price going forward.
    22 Sep 2013, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • American in Paris
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    And by the way, Germany's green power effort is a failure. Germany emits almost 100% per capita more CO2 than France.
    22 Sep 2013, 06:21 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    AiP: You Sir, start making yourself a name for nonsense comments. You do know that France produces 90% of electricity nuclear? Nuclear energy ain't exactly "green". I am sure one could get close to 0% CO2 emission when going all nuclear but at what cost is unclear. Look at Japan right now - anyone radioctive tuna? Buen provecho.
    22 Sep 2013, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Another interesting fact: due to the 5% clause in Germany about 10% of the votes don't count. As a consequence the CDU missed the "absolute Mehrheit" (absolute majority) by only 8 seats (295 vs. 303)! Merkel is going to bite her own behind......
    22 Sep 2013, 06:14 PM Reply Like
  • 5967241
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    She is a breath of fresh air :D, Long live Merkel, Long live Deutschland !
    23 Sep 2013, 02:12 AM Reply Like
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