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Unless the party nominates somebody with cred on the left, they will get slaughtered by the Linke and the Greens. That to me suggests an advantage for Müntefering, Tiefensee, Platzeck, and Wieczorek-Zeul.

On Müntefering: he's perceived to have some "left cred" in the public (because of the "locust debate"), but not so much inside the party (he's for higher retirement age etc.).

Tiefensee: almost no one knows him. He'd have to come out into the sunshine pretty soon. On the plus side, elections are essentially won in east Germany, because there are the most swing voters.

That's also a plus for Platzeck. But he disappointed many of his fans when he had to give up again just after becoming party leader.

"Red Heidi": now this is a joke, right? I mean, just picture her meeting Bush and try not to laugh.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu

by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 at 03:41:22 AM EST
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As far as Tiefensee goes, he's pushing hard and vocally to privatize the railroad - a proposition with a lot more political momentum than popularity.

If that isn't enough to kill his career ambitions once and for all, there is justice in this...

Wait, what am I saying!?

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 Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 at 04:23:40 AM EST
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he's pushing hard and vocally to privatize the railroad
That seems to be in the job description for a minister of transportation, as it's been planned for more than 10 years now and will happen sooner or later. The question is how to preserve which level of (federal and state) control over the DB. Tiefensee is certainly too confident about market mechanisms, no one wants to repeat the British example.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu
by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 at 06:13:15 AM EST
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it's been planned for more than 10 years now and will happen sooner or later.

Unfortunately. (It's been planned ever since Deutsche Bahn became DB AG, back in the Kohl era [Dürr era for DB].)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Sep 4th, 2007 at 07:08:31 AM EST
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