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I am not sure if you are still about, but according to the Spiegel Schroeder insists that it is parties and not Bundestagsfraktionen that lead the coalition talks:
"Kanzler Gerhard Schröder beharrte darauf, dass Parteien die Koalitionsverhandlungen führen, CDU und CSU also getrennt betrachtet werden müssten."
but before I went to sleep, I also heard the "CDU/CSU is not a party"-torpedoe explode. That will be the tune of today and tomorrow.
Damn. How am I supposed to get some work done when I look at news sites every 15 minutes???
Well, it would only be fair, Stoiber always sits next to Merkel, so they have to be treated as two parties. They made a contract with each other not to compeat in each others territory, but I know they used to try and also the CSU got mightly burned, when they tried to establish the DSU after the Wende. One of my professors was a founding member of the DSU, it was very interesting...
So Parties or Factions? Big question.
But I don't think, it has sunk through to everybody yet, it might still be just a theoretical one.
But still, despite the DSU-story, Schröder can't get around the fact that CDU and CSU are not competing.
However, the two-parties-argument is nothing but a formal legitimation for Schröder to do what he will do anyway: Trying to build a coalition.
If the CSU is not represented in all the Bundeslaender, what kind of legal consequences does that have?
Completely confused. What a mess all that.
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