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How big (in terms of proportion of the population) is Bremen? Is it big enough to worry the big parties that they're losing representation there?
by desmoulins (gsb6@lycos.com) on Sun May 13th, 2007 at 09:29:16 PM EST
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It's the smallest state, with just 664,000 inhabitants, or .8% of the population of the country as a whole. And, just as importantly, it has no rural population. The three city-states - Bremen, Hamburg, and Berlin - naturally lean left.

The significance of these elections doesn't derive from Bremen being representative of the rest of the country. It's largely symbolic (although in case the SPD forms a new red-green coaltion in Bremen, this would mean Merkel looses her two-third majority in the second chamber, the bundesrat, and as a result won't be able to operate there quite as unimpeded).

If you can't convince them, confuse them. (Harry S. Truman)

by brainwave on Sun May 13th, 2007 at 10:38:07 PM EST
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