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My personal impression of how Brussels actually works

by Turambar Tue Jan 20th, 2009 at 07:17:00 PM EST

[Long time no see. Drifted away to strange places like 4chan, because the US election was just too damn funny and interesting. Don't know if you ever really come back from this abyss, especially after being involved in the Palin incident (thanks, rubico).]

I spent Monday in Brussels, talking to different people directly involved in the budget review process. Won't name names, so I can say more.

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Lazy Translate diary: Beppe Grillo on Italy

by Turambar Fri Apr 11th, 2008 at 12:36:28 PM EST

Just read an interesting interview with Beppe Grillo on SpiegelOnline about the upcoming Italian elections. So, let's test the Tribext translate feature.

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Hypothetical drive-by poll II: pick your leader, comrade!

by Turambar Fri Mar 28th, 2008 at 03:42:36 PM EST

Now here's the question: which current head of government/state would you be most happy with for your own country?

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Hamburgers can vote, too

by Turambar Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 11:58:37 AM EST

The city-state of Hamburg chooses a new parliament on Sunday - and all bets are off.


Population: 1.8 million
Votes in the Bundesrat: 3 (of 69)
Seats in the Bürgerschaft (state parliament): CDU 63, SPD 41, Greens 17 (majority: 61, CDU government)
Erster Bürgermeister (mayor/ prime minister): Ole von Beust
SPD candidate: Michael Naumann (former federal minister of culture)

Check live-blogging in the comments. Promoted by DoDo

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State elections in Germany: can the left come back?

by Turambar Sun Jan 27th, 2008 at 05:41:56 PM EST

Another election coverage diary, as voters in the German federal states of Lower Saxony and Hesse choose new state parliaments. The left's showing in the more important of the two, Hesse, will strongly impact the course of federal German, and possibly EU politics.

Can the SPD (Social Democrats) overcome its crisis and take over in Hesse? Can the Left Party establish itself as the fifth main party in Germany?

"Schau 'mer mal", as the Kaiser (Beckenbauer) always said. Polls close 18h CET. Update [2008-1-27 12:3:39 by DoDo]: See exit polls, results in the comments! Update [2008-1-27 17:41:56 by DoDo]: Final Hesse result now in: building a government will be extremely difficult...

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Drive-by poll: who would we vote for?

by Turambar Sun Oct 7th, 2007 at 08:55:07 AM EST

I'm following the American presidential election campaign closely and after some months, I still can't grasp what the hell they are talking about. This (and diaries like this) led to thinking about the transatlantic differences in political culture, and finally, to this complex question:

If we were to elect an EU president (with similar powers) using the US voting system and campaign regulations, only being able to choose between the current candidates running for POTUS (with exactly the same positions they are now holding), who do you think would be elected?

Light political entertainment for a lazy Sunday afternoon — promoted by Migeru

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No German Idol: who can beat Merkel in 2009? (with poll)

by Turambar Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 at 08:52:19 AM EST

[This is my first ET diary. Every correction, suggestion, opinion, rating, ranting, pointing to mistakes or grammatical errors and the like is appreciated.]

The next Bundestag election will be in September or October of 2009 and the front lines are now being drawn inside the SPD. I will only focus on the perceived personal qualities of the candidates and the coalitions they might pull off, not on differences in policies (which are hard to identify). The Chancellor is, of course, elected by the Bundestag and theoretically, every member could be elected - but only the "official" candidate of the winning party will be. A complete list of possible candidates for the SPD:

  • ministers in the "Grand Coalition": Sigmar Gabriel (Environment), Franz Müntefering (Labour and social affairs, Vice- Chancellor), Ulla Schmidt (Health), Peer Steinbrück (Finance), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Foreign relations), Wolfgang Tiefensee (Transport), Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (Development aid), Brigitte Zypries (Justice)
  • minister- presidents of states: Kurt Beck (Rheinland-Pfalz, also the party leader), Jens Böhrnsen (Bremen), Matthias Platzeck (Brandenburg), Harald Ringstorff (Mecklenburg- Vorpommern), Klaus Wowereit (Berlin)
  • leader of the SPD group in the Bundestag: Peter Struck

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