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I don't have that impression. I feel they're pretty popular among the younger voters, at least here in Berlin.
yeah, they're popular among the young, no doubt about that. but the bulk of the party's votes comes from the rich, suburban class. why do you believe heidelberg, for example, has a green mayor? i'm fairly sure it has very little to do with the party's actual ideas.

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there are some rumours suggesting that westerwelle might make room for a rising star in the party, a guy named christian lindner:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Lindner

concerning policies he's pretty much you in a nutshell.
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Greece needs to be thrown out of the EU and EMU. In fact, I think it might be best if the European Union was just Scandinavia, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, France and the british isles... Well, maybe get rid of the troublesome, inbred gingers as well... Then we'd be left with a group of highly developed, well-governed, financially sound nations of honest, law-abiding and hardowrking citizens.
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Greece needs to be thrown out of the EU and EMU. In fact, I think it might be best if the European Union was just Scandinavia, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, France and the british isles... Well, maybe get rid of the troublesome, inbred gingers as well... Then we'd be left with a group of highly developed, well-governed, financially sound nations of honest, law-abiding and hardowrking citizens.
From out of nowhere, all of a sudden you are everywhere with your bland blonde blasphemy.

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Re: Merkel's coalition suffers key regional poll loss. Greek bailout already backfiri

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@ jimmy

there are some rumours suggesting that westerwelle might make room for a rising star in the party, a guy named christian lindner:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Lindner

concerning policies he's pretty much you in a nutshell.
Sounds good to me. The sooner the better.
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Nur noch 3 Prozent – FDP stürzt ins Bodenlose!


3%

Not sure it's as accurate as Spiegel's barometer but still can't help but laugh.

Westerwelle might as well resign right now.
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Re: Bundestag (German Parliament) agrees to €148 billion bailout amid heated exchange

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Re: Bundestag (German Parliament) agrees to €148 billion bailout amid heated exchange

Excellent interview this week with Joschka Fischer in the Spiegel.

The best German politician since Adenauer.

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The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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Re: Bundestag (German Parliament) agrees to €148 billion bailout amid heated exchange

Köhler calls it a career
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what a tosser!

so, who's next? stoiber? koch?

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Re: Bundestag (German Parliament) agrees to €148 billion bailout amid heated exchange

now that ministerpräsident wulff is gonna leave lower saxony, we might be getting some scottish flavour:

this guy is pretty likely to step up and enter the major political arena...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_M...8politician%29
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Does the president do anything besides follow the orders of the Bundestag?

Might as well put Boris Becker in charge. It's nothing but symbolism.
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Re: Köhler (President of Germany) resigns. Whatever.

German presidential election goes the distance, but favorite eventually wins

Germany has a new president, and it's the man everyone expected, Christian Wulff. However, the manner in which Wulff won was anything but convincing, and points to frictions within Germany's ruling coalition.

Germany's new president, Christian Wulff, looked a shoe-in for the post in the run up to the election, but a lack of support from his own party almost cost him the job.

It took three rounds of voting to decide the presidential race, after Wulff failed to secure the absolute majority required to win in an earlier round. The Christian Democrat state premier of Lower Saxony won in the final round of voting with an outright majority of 625 seats. Government supporters gave Wulff a standing ovation after his victory was announced.

However, in the first two rounds, Wulff had failed to reach the required threshold of 623.

This came as a shock; Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling center-right coalition had an absolute majority within the 1,244-seat voting assembly, so their candidate Wulff was guaranteed an immediate victory if their politicians toed the party line. Some, however, did not, despite appeals from senior party members.

"Christian Wulff must be able to rely on us," deputy chairman of the CDU, Wolfgang Bosbach said in a television interview, appealing to party members to consider "what their individual vote will mean for the coalition government."

Split opposition

Wulff's candidacy came under threat primarily from a strong center-left opposition candidate, Joachim Gauck, who's centrist positions made him attractive on both sides of the spectrum. A former civil rights activist, who fought against communist oppression in the former East Germany, Gauck is held in high esteem across party lines.

Gauck's final tally in the decisive third round was 494 votes, still more than many had expected.

Gauck received 499 votes in the first round and 490 in the second, 39 and 30 more than expected. In total, the opposition Social Democrats and Greens - who put Gauck forward as a candidate - only command 460 votes.

However, to have any chance of outright victory, Gauck needed support from the socialist Left Party, who had fielded their own candidate, Lukretia Jochimsen.

Jochimsen had received over 120 votes in the first two rounds, and adding this tally to Gauck's would have created a winning margin. But the Left Party had made it clear they did not support Gauck's candidacy, despite Social Democrat and Green attempts to convince them.

"Now it's a question of what the Left Party will do," Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel said on public television after the second round. "They will either help Mr. Wulff or Mr. Gauck towards a majority."

Kingmakers abstain


Jochimsen withdrew from the third round of the vote, freeing up her party members to decide as they saw fit. But the Left Party was hardly throwing its weight behind either mainstream candidate.

"Obviously I would imagine that neither conservative candidate is considered electable by our members," party leader Gregor Gysi said, reiterating his belief that Gauck's politics are in fact right of center. Gysi said he expected most of his members to abstain from the vote, even though the decision was theirs to make individually.

Most Left Party politicians did abstain, with 121 not casting their vote in the decisive phase, a number, however, that would not have proven decisive in the end.

Christian Wulff's new role as German president is largely ceremonial, although he is the country's head of state, and the role is usually connected with a moral leadership value.

He takes over from Horst Köhler, who resigned suddenly in March, after coming under criticism for comments allegedly suggesting that some German military missions abroad could be justified because of the country's international economic interests. Köhler became the first post-war German president ever to step down.

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Wulff might be a nice guy, but he totally lacks the charisma for a representative position like Bundespräsident. And it was another bad day for the CDU/CSU-FDP government and Merkel.
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Re: German Political News: Christian Wulff is new President.

I heard the coalition are planning tax rises. Thanks very much Westerwave.

All politicians are the same.
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Re: German Political News: Looney Greens will probably win next election (Latest Poll

Latest Opinion Polls:

Christian Democrats 32%
Social Democrats 27%
Greens 20%
Socialists 11%
Free Democrats 5%


Greens go from strength to strength. Bad enough they went up to 15% in the summer but now 20%.

At this rate they'll be above the centre-left Social Democrats by 2013.

If they ever get in power they'll take Germany back to the stone age.
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