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You produced no evidence whatever for your assertion that the debt brake was designed as a gimmick. It was and is part of Merkel's requirements for eurozone partner countries in the German my-way-or-the-highway "solution" to the crisis. If you were following European affairs at all, you would know that.
I also pointed out that blocking it was facilitated by a considerable electoral victory for the PS and the French left as a whole, which now limits Sarkozy's power to obtain constitutional amendments. That victory is the culmination of a long process of winning and consolidating local and regional power. Hardly an image of the powerless "left" you excoriate, in which, to judge by your scorn, you include the French Socialists.
This is strange, considering that the PS is a centre-left party of government of the kind one might expect, in the light of your arguments here, that you would support. But finally, what is the "point" you are bringing to this discussion? Anything beyond "Go USA!" and "Obama Rah-Rah-Rah!"?
As with the US Democrats, I find a lot not to like in the PS, but think that they are highly preferable to the existing alternative.
There was no such note in the article and you've been told that before.
So here is a brief description of PP and PSOE positions and the small parties. Be aware, though, that the left is basically in the streets shouting "do not vote PPSOE". Unfortunately, all polls suggest that this is the sociological left, the one in the streets, you know.
You didn't, because you wanted something to hinge your weird theory about the left on.
eligible voters 35.0M 34.3M
abstention 9.2M 9.7M
votes cast 25.9M 24.6M
null votes 0.2M 0.3M
blank votes 0.3M 0.3M
votes to lists 25.4M 24.6M
PP 10.3M 10.8M
PSOE 11.3M 7.0M
CiU 0.8M 1.0M
IU 1.0M 1.7M
UPyD 0.3M 1.1M
Do you also want to know why the chicken crossed the road?
the PSOE lost 4.3 million votes.
Participation dropped by 1.3 million,
CiU, IU and UPyD gained 1.7 million,
and the PP gained 500,000 votes.
That still leaves a remnant, but that is probably somewhere in abstentions and blank votes and minor parties. So one half of PSOE voters did go to the left or regional parties, a third did stay home and only some voted PP.
SPAIN: Madrid Mayor Wants to Sweep Homeless Out of Sight - IPS ipsnews.net
Everyone on both sides of the argument is aware that the vast majority of the people sleeping rough and enduring the cold at nights are unemployed and homeless as a result of the prolonged global economic crisis. They are immigrants from Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as large numbers of Spaniards.
So your snark might hold a bit a truth, austerity might have removed those voters from the rolls.
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Priceless, Rootless. One couldn't make it up. Indeed, we sort parties into major and minor ones, and this depends on the votes they won. And you are quite right, small parties did not obtain representation everywhere. Now, who would have thought that.
For deputies from districts with 5 or more seats, the third party threshold when the largest part gets 40% of the vote is 13.4 or less ~ and shifting your vote from one of the two major parties to any other party helps lower the 3rd party threshold.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
"Arrogant" is not one of them, unless you are using a highly variant thesaurus.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
Sadly, demented goldbuggery does not become harmless just because its proponents do not take it seriously (if they even understand it, which in Sarko's case is somewhat doubtful).
I said in my comment above that Sarkozy would have liked to have made electoral capital out of it, certainly. And the Socialists' communication, understandably and to some effect, pointed that out.
But Germany's insistence on this and soon other changes at the level of treaty or constitutional law in eurozone countries is a serious matter. Forgive us poor benighted Europeans for seeing it as such.
the supposed financial rectitude of the German government
No. Just the not-at-all-supposed obtuse arrogance of the German government.
But I'd be asking you to learn something, and that...
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