Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
You seem to be adopting an American perspective here. I personally don't see why there's anything wrong with having a party that wins by a large majority in a few areas and loses by a small majority in others, ends up running the show. In fact I far prefer it to the American system which effectively makes voters in most parts of the country irrelevant as only swing states count - i.e. a Republican candidate doesn't care whether he loses by ten points or fifteen in NY or RI, the reverse is true as well.  On the other hand, while the SPD hasn't a snowball's chance in hell of winning Bavaria or BW the margin matters a lot.  And of course you can't get the perverse Bush 2000 style 'victory.' However, all electoral systems have their flaws. In this case it is basically certain that voters won't get the government they were voting for - no chance of a straight red-green or black-yellow coalition.
by MarekNYC on Sun Sep 18th, 2005 at 11:09:33 PM EST
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