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I wish half of the  PES, half of the EPP and 90% of ALDE would just form the Market Reform Party. It would be the largest faction, but at least we would know where they stand.
The reason this doesn't happen is that political parties are based as much on patronage networks as they are on policy or ideology. You can't take 50% of the PES patronage network and graft it onto 50% of the EPP patronage network with 90% of the ALDE patronage network as glue.

But you can have a Grand Coalition government...

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 at 10:51:57 AM EST
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