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Schröder: "Discussing coalitions absurd"

by whataboutbob Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 06:50:44 AM EST

A quote from Schröder today, in CNN International: Schröder rejects coalition talk

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder insisted Wednesday that he will not form an alliance with the new Left Party after this weekend's German election and dismissed as "absurd" speculation over other possible coalitions. Buoyed by polls this month that have shown his party clawing back support, Schroeder said his aim was "for the Social Democrats to be the strongest party." "The trend is upward," the chancellor was quoted as telling the daily Passauer Neue Presse. "There is a lot of movement in the polls."

Politically yes, but will he make a coalition, if it keeps him in power?

Count me skeptical...if making a coalition would keep Schräder in office, I seriously doubt he would pass up that opportunity. Will he have the opportunity? Time will surely tell.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 09:04:37 AM EST
It is extremely unlikely that Schröder would make a coalition with the Left/PDS party. There is just too much personal animosity between him and Lafontaine and politically, he just couldn't do the reforms he believes are necessary. And an SPD without Schröder? There is a certain sense of betrayal in the rank and file: The left of the SPD accepted Schröder in 1998 because they were sure that Lafontaine would act as check and balance on him, and then when things started to get difficult, Lafontaine just quit instead of fighting for an equilibrium.

And with his move for early elections, Schröder has shown that he is not willing to stay in power without being able to accomplish the reforms he deems necessary. The Left party would never accept this, so other models like toleration of a minority government will not happen.

Other developments today:

  • The Constitutional Court rejected a plea that would have forced the federal election supervisor to withhold the results of the September 18 election until the by-election in Dresden was finished. In Dresden, the election was moved back to October 2nd because of the death of one of the candidates. If the outcome next Sunday is close, Dresden will probably overrun by campaigns trying to sway the outcome. The petitioners argued that this would give voters in Dresden an unfair tactical advantage. The Court rejected the plea for technical reasons (you can only challenge election procedures after the election), so it might later on agree that this is unfair.

  • Criticism of Merkel's pick for finance minister, Kirchhoff, and the campaign tactic continues.

  • New polls show no big new movements, but 30% of the electorate are still undecided... It will be interesting to see how big the participation will be,  what effect this has on the results and how the undecided will break in the end.

by ltl on Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 11:05:24 AM EST
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Schröder was in bed with Lafontaine once before. it didn't work out. I don't think he (or Oskar for that matter) are all that keen on a reprise.

A more interesting question at this juncture imo is: Would Schröder be willing to head up a minority red/green coalition having tacit support from the Left Party (and would the Lefts be prepared to tolerate such a coalition)?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 10:57:03 AM EST
Interesting interview with a Left Party activist from my onetime hometown Frankfurt at British blog Lenin's Tomb. He implies that the animosity towards Schröder is greater among WASG members than PDS members.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 03:19:57 PM EST
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Here's an interesting article on Schröder in The Independent:


"Schröder still closing the gap as campaign enters final round - but will it be enough?"

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 04:13:43 PM EST

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