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A new coalition, especially CDU/FDP/Greens, is not going to happen. The next session is somewhere next week, elections would then be only 6 months out. Middle January.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:06:08 PM EST
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What I mean is that the dissolution of parliament depends on Green votes, it is their choice when and how.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:17:05 PM EST
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Eeehm, that should have been weeks, not months. But both are off, the period is actually 60 days.

Now that both the FDP and the Greens have said that they want new elections, the CDU only needs to go along (and seems open to it). I think it's unavoidable at this point and Ypsilanti will also back it, perhaps postponing the decision a bit to let the election take place in early February.

More here.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:19:40 PM EST
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Eeehm, that should have been weeks, not months. But both are off, the period is actually 60 days.

I did suspect your math is wrong somewhere :-)

What remains to be seen is whether the Greens would vote for new elections without the SPD or not. I think that would say a lot about the future (for example, the viability of the hitherho unthinkable black-Green with Koch).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:26:32 PM EST
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In an interview with SPIEGEL, Hessen Greens leader Tarek Al-Wazir makes new elections a simple question of majority -- i.e. he idnicates they won't wait for the SPD. What's more, much of the interview is an appeal to the CDU to tone down rhetoric to be acceptable.

Then again, he does so noting that Koch again "did it": he declared that "now the way is open again for highway and airport expansions", which is no way to get Greens into a Jamaica coalition [ = CDU + FDP + Greens].

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 02:12:22 PM EST
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