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The parties that are out of power on the national level are all opposed to the new powers - and the states in which they are coalition members have a total of 34 votes. So the bill was in deep trouble from the start.

Also, the 2 grand coalition states that opposed the measure were both East German - apparently their memories proved good enough in the end.

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 Fri Nov 28th, 2008 at 11:47:17 AM EST
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