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Berlin - SPD Head Franz Müntefering rules out a coalition with the alliance of Linkspartei and Wahlalternative WASG following parliamentary elections in  September. "On the federal level, we do not want to form a coalition with the PDS under any circumstances whatsoever (there have been state-level red-red coalitions in the east). And not with the PDS and their interns from the West either," said Müntefering on ZDF (one of the two nationwide TV channels). "That is definite." Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and SPD-Vice Chairman Kurt Beck had previously rejected any form of cooparation with the left-wing alliance. (dpa)(via link; xlation m.o.

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I do not expect Oskar Lafontaine to be any more positive, given the long-standing emnity between him and Schröder.

It is slightly reminiscent of the waning years of Weimar. While the Nazis steadily gained ground, the progressive parties constantly proclaimed that "the enemy is on the left".

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Jul 24th, 2005 at 08:05:29 AM EST
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