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It's hard to see this being spun as a victory for the right, but there are 2 things the media is going to focus on.

  1. in Saarland, there might be the first coalition with the left in the old western states. This will inevitably be hyped as a sign of things to come. I don't think the public will react in the same way as in Hessen, nor that the Federal SPD will be as skittish about it. Saarland is a small, peripheral state, not the West German heartland, so to say.
  2. in Thuringia, the Left party is the largest in a potential Left/SPD/Greens coalition and might field its first Minister President, which the SPD doesn't want. Whether this becomes a story or not depends on how the SPD and Left Party manage it. Policy wise the Left might as well take up the majority of the cabinet and let the SPD have their Minister President, but that would be politically harmful with regard to future elections. There's a small danger the SPD will enter into a grand coalition, though they don't have a comfortable majority there.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 01:05:58 PM EST
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