Mon May 10th, 2010 at 05:08:50 AM EST
A continuation of this diary.
UPDATE: Preliminary results for the parties obtaining seats:
|CDU (Christian Democrat)||34.56%||-10.28||67||-22|
|SPD (Social Democrats)||34.48%||-2.62||67||-7|
|Left Party (Socialist)||5.60%||+2.51||11||+11|
Front-paged with update by afew
We are going to see a lot of post-mortems in the next few days.
If it should prove (as I suspect) that a significant part of the CDU's loss is due to the Greece bailout, then Merkel has made one of the most spectacular political miscalculations in recent political history: by delaying the bailout she not only made the international financial situation much graver than it needed to be, but was forced to accept the inevitability of a bailout at the worst possible moment in terms of her own political situation.