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It would seem to with such large percentages over the SPD why Die Linke can't simply tell them to sit down and shut up as the grown-ups are in charge.

It's simple: you can't command anyone if you don't have the majority by yourself, whatever your relative size. So what counts is who has what options. In this case, the Left Party does need the SPD to get into government, the but the SPD doesn't need the Left Party.

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

by DoDo on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 at 01:16:04 PM EST
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Some history: in the three-party system before the Left Paty and the Greens came around, the FDP (which wasn't neoliberal back then) would often be the kingmaker: e.g. when neither CDU nor SPD had absolute mayority, the FDP could decide whom to help into government. Of course, when a government's popularity was dropping, they had to find the right time to jump ship, that is before the opposition big party became more popular than the FDP and its governing partner together. This is how Helmut Kohl became chancellor BTW.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 at 01:22:41 PM EST
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