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I would say it is a matter of political tradition. Germany has a strong tradition of majority government, which also means that Die Linke may very well vote down the government if they have not a deal with it.

Or as least that is how I understand it.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon May 10th, 2010 at 03:47:02 AM EST
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Essentially true. There was one case where a Red/Green minority government in Saxony was able to govern with the tacit acceptance of the PDS, but that is the only case ever AFAIK.

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by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Mon May 10th, 2010 at 04:44:05 AM EST
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An SPD minority government tolerated by Joschka Fischer's troops preceded Germany's first Red-Green coalition in Hessen. Wikipedia names some other examples, I find one longer-lived: Richard von Weizsäcker's FDP-tolerated CDU minority government in Berlin, also in the eighties.

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by DoDo on Mon May 10th, 2010 at 01:49:40 PM EST
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