Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Here in NRW, the mayors are elected directly, and not by the majority parties in the city council.

Here in Fail City, the destruction through negligence of the most important archive north of the Alps forced the current Mayor Minimum Competence (CDU) to drop out of the race. The CDU could find a local politician, nor even a regional one, who had the courage to stand for mayor as the CDU candidate. So they brought in someone named Peter Kurth from the Berlin CDU (nanne can probably tell us more about the many bright lights of whom the Berlin CDU can boast.) Kurth's pluses (not obviously stupid or corrupt) were not enough to offset his lack of name recognition. Plus, the FDP ran a candidate of its own.

By contrast, SPD and Greens very early on agreed on a joint candidate, Jürgen Roters. This was clever as Roters had earned a lot of recognition in his earlier jobs as head of the police and, subsequently, head of regional administration ("Regierungspräsident"), an appointed office. (Judging by the 2 minutes I got to speak with the man at an SPD event last March, he seems to be intelligent and well-informed, and also someone who listens to what people tell him - even those much farther down in the food chain (who in this case suggested that he give me some face time, as (full disclosure) I was involved in a neighborhood initiative at the time)).

Anyway, that's the story of the mayoral race. The city council breaks down as follows (provisionally):

SPD: 28.04%
CDU: 28.02%
Green: 21.55%
FDP: 9.38%
Pro Köln (wingnuts): 5.36%
Left: 4.86%

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 Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 03:06:23 PM EST
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