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With the final results in; overall, the one thing to note is that Germany's new five-party system now seems rock-solid.

Now come the coalition pokers. With some nice untried ones possible in Saaarland: Jamaica? [that's CDU + Greens + FDP] Red-Red-Green? Either of those or the lousy old Grand Coalition.

Poor Ypsilanti, if only her time would have come after this...

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

by DoDo on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 06:30:00 PM EST
The party leader of the Greens in the Saarland is pretty conservative, but I'm sure they won't risk alienating their voters by giving Müller another 5 years.

Grand Coalition won't happen with Maas and the Saar-SPD will not revolt against him if he goes for Red-Red-Green to finally become minister-president. You have to remember that most people who campaigned for Oskar are the same one's who did it 20 years ago (he won with 55% in 1990, probably the best result the SPD ever had anywhere).

This round of poker shouldn't last too long.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu

by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 07:09:26 PM EST
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There could still be an issue of personal animosity from five years ago.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Aug 31st, 2009 at 01:38:42 AM EST
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Turambar:
This round of poker shouldn't last too long.

No, except I can imagine the SPD wanting to drag things out for, oh, five weeks. ;)

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 Mon Aug 31st, 2009 at 03:02:13 AM EST
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