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Old October 3rd, 2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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What coalition will form?

The Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) has announced that it will not accept a coalition government with Die Linke.

I put the more realistic possibilities in the poll. Most of them are quite traditional coalitions except for SDP-Die Linke, which has never happened before anyway.

SPD - Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands: Centre-left
CDU - Christlich Demokratische Union: Centre-right (A touch further left from where the US Democrats are)
FDP - Freie Demokratische Partei: Centre
Die Linke: Centre-left - hard-left
Die Gruenen: Moderate-left

What will happen?

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Old October 6th, 2009, 02:05 AM   #2
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The Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) has announced that it will not accept a coalition government with Die Linke.

I put the more realistic possibilities in the poll. Most of them are quite traditional coalitions except for SDP-Die Linke, which has never happened before anyway.

SPD - Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands: Centre-left
CDU - Christlich Demokratische Union: Centre-right (A touch further left from where the US Democrats are)
FDP - Freie Demokratische Partei: Centre
Die Linke: Centre-left - hard-left
Die Gruenen: Moderate-left

What will happen?
I don't know that much about German politics, but if the clue is in their positions, I would say FDP or Die Gruenen would be good possibilities for a partnership?
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Old October 6th, 2009, 03:28 AM   #3
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I forgot to mention the other possibility: a Grand Coalition between CDU and SPD, which is what happened this term.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 02:27 AM   #4
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I forgot to mention the other possibility: a Grand Coalition between CDU and SPD, which is what happened this term.
Right. Has there been any progress yet in Germany with regard to the coalition?
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Right. Has there been any progress yet in Germany with regard to the coalition?
Yes. I was only partially informed at the time of writing. Turned out the election took place on sept 27th. The letter i got on the matter from my friend was from the 15th.

Well, we know the CDU had the majority in the Federal elections in September. Though we weren't sure about the coalition. e are now.

Angela Merkel will continue as Bundeskanzler (Federal Chancellor).

They are in power with a centre-right coalition with the FDP. The traditional partner of CDU.

Basically, a bit further left than the Democratic Government in America.
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Yes. I was only partially informed at the time of writing. Turned out the election took place on sept 27th. The letter i got on the matter from my friend was from the 15th.

Well, we know the CDU had the majority in the Federal elections in September. Though we weren't sure about the coalition. e are now.

Angela Merkel will continue as Bundeskanzler (Federal Chancellor).

They are in power with a centre-right coalition with the FDP. The traditional partner of CDU.

Basically, a bit further left than the Democratic Government in America.
So near-Right, almost Center Right?
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So near-Right, almost Center Right?
Correct.

(I almost said "right" there, but decided, on reflection, that it may cause confusion)
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Quite interesting to have a combination of "centre" and "right centre"! But wouldn't it make it difficult as that has to exclude a large group of important people in the decision making process?
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Quite interesting to have a combination of "centre" and "right centre"! But wouldn't it make it difficult as that has to exclude a large group of important people in the decision making process?
You mean like the entire left? And all of the environmental movement? Yeah. (both are very significant in Germany)

But traditionally, they've worked well together. And together, their votes add up to a majority - paramount in Proportional Representation systems.
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You mean like the entire left? And all of the environmental movement? Yeah. (both are very significant in Germany)

But traditionally, they've worked well together. And together, their votes add up to a majority - paramount in Proportional Representation systems.
OK, I get it. Merkel gets the votes from the FDP, and cooperates with most of the left. They aren't really the extreme kind of opposition parties that you may find in other countries for example.
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OK, I get it. Merkel gets the votes from the FDP, and cooperates with most of the left. They aren't really the extreme kind of opposition parties that you may find in other countries for example.
Okay, let's use an American example. Umm... right.

Say there was a party in political space (what little there is) between the Democrats and the Republicans.

Do you guys have a green party, by the way?

Well, anyway. There has to be a majority of Americans voting in the Government. So, when elections come, this is how the votes look:

Democrats: 43%
Republicans: 42%
Middle Party: 6%
Green Party: 4%
SP USA: 3%
Other: 5%

No party has over 50%, so a coalition has to form between two parties to attain a majority.

Traditionally, the SDP side with the Greens. So, in this case, the Democrats side with the Green Party. The new coalition, as is traditional, is between CDU and FDP - so, the Republicans and the Middle Party.

I'm not exactly sure what you were saying, so i hope i answered, confirmed or helped somewhere with that analogy.
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Okay, let's use an American example. Umm... right.

Say there was a party in political space (what little there is) between the Democrats and the Republicans.

Do you guys have a green party, by the way?

Well, anyway. There has to be a majority of Americans voting in the Government. So, when elections come, this is how the votes look:

Democrats: 43%
Republicans: 42%
Middle Party: 6%
Green Party: 4%
SP USA: 3%
Other: 5%

No party has over 50%, so a coalition has to form between two parties to attain a majority.

Traditionally, the SDP side with the Greens. So, in this case, the Democrats side with the Green Party. The new coalition, as is traditional, is between CDU and FDP - so, the Republicans and the Middle Party.

I'm not exactly sure what you were saying, so i hope i answered, confirmed or helped somewhere with that analogy.
I did get it with your previous posting, but this one made it even more clear to me. Thanks.
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