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Presumably the post election honeymoon bounce for the winning Government parties won't last all that long.  Does the opposition majority in the Bundesrat now mean that effectively Germany now has a grand coalition - i.e. nothing major can happen unless both the CDU and SPD can live with it?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 15th, 2010 at 01:31:31 PM EST
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opposition majority in the Bundesrat

There is no opposition majority. But the Grand Coalition (Meklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia), Jamaica (Saarland) and Black-Green (Hamburg) coalition governments will abstain or demand compromises in high-stakes political votes.

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

by DoDo on Thu Jul 15th, 2010 at 01:49:26 PM EST
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Adding: in the Bundesrat, the state government representatives cannot split their vote (splitting it makes the vote invalid -- so far there was exactly one case of this), so parties aren't directly represented.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 15th, 2010 at 01:57:55 PM EST
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