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It is ironic that Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum cannot unite with each other.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 07:05:49 PM EST
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The equivalent situation in the US would be where a third party threatened the duopoly of the Dems and Repubs and they were expected to unite against a common threat. Would they?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 07:47:42 PM EST
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They always do, but by changing electoral laws to prevent such threats, not by forming a government together. I guess in Ireland the major parties don't get to do that, fortunately.
by IdiotSavant on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 09:30:42 PM EST
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Tried twice in the sixties: lost a referendum narrowly the first time, in a landslide the second time.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 10:41:38 PM EST
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They could, but it would end badly for them; it hasn't worked so well in Germany, for example.
(Pedants will point out that the SPD and the CDU/CSU have important ideological differences. But these are mostly historical rather than over current policy, as with FF/FG.)

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by eurogreen on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 10:06:09 AM EST
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