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Probably, but all small parties in Germany find themselves occasionally flirting with the 5% mark.  I also think that they benefited somewhat from the perception that Red-Green was dead anyways. In a tight race some potential Linke voters would presumably hesitate about de-facto voting for either a grand coalition or a right wing one.

In general the Linkspartei throws a spanner into the functioning of parliamentary politics: it's harder to get to fifty out of 92 than out of 100.

by MarekNYC on Sun Sep 18th, 2005 at 11:26:50 PM EST
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