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But a vote against or abstention on a Linke proposal wouldn't be a vote of confidence for the SPD/Greens.

It may drive voters to the Left Party, however.

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by DoDo on Thu Jul 15th, 2010 at 03:48:35 PM EST
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Well if its a very popular Linke proposal, the SPD/Greens have the option of adopting it as their own or the SPD can blame the greens for forcing it to abstain.  The CDU/FDP on the other hand, have to find a way to get the Linke to vote FOR their proposal or with them against an SPD/Green proposal - something Die Linke would presumably find more difficult.

Being a minority Government gives the SPD/Greens a cop-out on almost everything.  "We didn't have a majority to get Bill X through" if they didn't want to do it anyway, or "Die Linke forced our hand on this unpopluar tax increase", or more likely "we had to water down our welfare proposals to appease the FDP"...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 15th, 2010 at 04:08:37 PM EST
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Well if its a very popular Linke proposal,

For a bleed of voter base it's enough if it is popular with the SPD's and the Greens' left wings and creates a rift with the more centrist government. For example, the new government wants to save too, and they want to delay the elimination of tuition fees (one of the local election themes) for one year.

Being a minority Government gives the SPD/Greens a cop-out on almost everything.

But that's a double-edged weapon: it makes you appear weak and vulnerable.

*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Thu Jul 15th, 2010 at 04:59:29 PM EST
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