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Close: SPD = Social Democrats, CSU = Christian Socialists; CDU and CSU don't differ in level, instead they are in a permanent alliance based on territorial exclusivity (CSU only in Bavaria, CDU only in the remaining 15 states), and they have a joint faction in the federal parliament.

And yes, when Obama is perceived as a vote-getter, events around him are bound to become a German electoral issue...

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

by DoDo on Fri Jul 18th, 2008 at 02:34:54 PM EST
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