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Sun Dec 1, 2019, 05:45 PM

German government in doubt after shock SPD vote

Source: Politico

BERLIN — German politics were thrust into disarray late Saturday after a surprise decision by the Social Democrats (SPD) to elect a leadership duo that has expressed deep reservations over the party’s participation in Angela Merkel's government.

SPD members elected Norbert Walter-Borjans, a former regional minister from North Rhine-Westphalia and Saskia Esken, a little known MP from Baden-Württemberg, to take over the beleaguered party, which has been under interim management for six months.

The vote casts doubt on the viability of the so-called "grand coalition" with Merkel's Christian Democrats, which has already come under severe strain amid deep divisions on issues such as taxes, welfare spending and defense, to name but a few.

Walter-Borjans, who campaigned on a promise to demand major spending concessions from the Christian Democrats, said the new leadership’s first priority would be “to define a clear position vis-à-vis our coalition partner.”

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/german-spd-elects-leaders-skeptical-of-merkel-coalition/

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brooklynite Dec 1 OP
GanjaGrower Dec 1 #1
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ancianita Dec 1 #4
paleotn Dec 1 #5
ancianita Dec 1 #6
olddad65 Dec 1 #2
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2019, 06:03 PM

1. Can anybody give a brief synopsis of German political parties?

I honestly don’t have the slightest clue, but would appreciate some education on the matter.

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Response to GanjaGrower (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 1, 2019, 07:01 PM

3. Very brief

SPD = liberals
CDU = conservatives
AfD = nazis

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Response to GanjaGrower (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 1, 2019, 07:23 PM

4. Here's a not-brief version if you're otherwise inclined.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 1, 2019, 07:36 PM

5. Oh, dear lord....

And I thought we were complicated...



No offense, but that's just like their cars. When they're running well, they're a wonder to behold, except when they're not running well, which is often.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 1, 2019, 08:04 PM

6. Hah. Well, when being a much smaller country, the scale of complexity might not overwhelm.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2019, 06:38 PM

2. I would imagine there was Russian interference on this one also

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Response to olddad65 (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 1, 2019, 10:59 PM

7. very likely. putin doesn't like Angela Merkel

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