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Indeed. They can forget about tax cuts (I'm not sure the CDU states would have gotten in line on that, NRW or no).

Other things that are now out of reach are major changes in healthcare and extending the operating periods of nuclear power plants.

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 May 10th, 2010 at 02:43:22 PM EST
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Right after the elections, I was certain (and wrote on ET) that the CDU will play the FDP for fools and first delay the tax cuts in the coalition agreement, then find changed circumstances as reason to shelve them. But I was mistaken, Merkel gave in to introduce some of those cuts already before the NRW elections, and this playing the FDP for fools had too high a price for the CDU and Merkel personally.

extending the operating periods of nuclear power plants.

Speaking of that, a Green MP just got the government to put together a statistic for her, which shows clearly that older plants have more security-relevant incidents -- negating the government argument for extending lifespans.

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

by DoDo on Mon May 10th, 2010 at 02:55:57 PM EST
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this playing the FDP for fools had too high a price for the CDU and Merkel personally.

Yes. And I'm definitely going to have to reassess Merkel. I too thought she was more astute than that.

This would never have happened to Helmut.

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 May 10th, 2010 at 03:22:18 PM EST
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