Goodbye gerhard

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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Follow the German election results here. Latest exit polls are promising.

UPDATE. Incredulous silence:

The Christian Democrats fell into a shocked, incredulous silence last night after exit polls showed that Angela Merkel’s party had failed to reach the convincing majority it had been expecting.

Hundreds of party workers had gathered in the CDU’s modern glass-fronted headquarters hoping to celebrate a crushing victory. However, the relaxed, expectant atmosphere turned into a wake within seconds after the first exit polls showed the party falling short of its target and well below the 40 per cent-plus that opinion polls had indicated. By contrast, Gerhard Schröder’s rally turned into something not far short of a victory celebration.

Goodbyes on hold.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/18/2005 at 12:24 PM
    1. The AP has already called it for the CDU.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 09/18 at 12:32 PM • permalink


    1. No thanks to some people (ref: Rove-Galloway thread)…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 09/18 at 12:56 PM • permalink


    1. Typical lefty maneuvering has already started: Schröder and various SPD cronies keep saying the SPD got the most votes, which is technically correct*, but completely orthogonal to how politics have worked and been perceived here for the last 50 years (both by politicians as well as the public). Their demented conclusion: If we’re the biggest party, we deserve to keep the chancellorship. Words fail.
      (CDU/CSU are two parties, with the CSU running only in Bavaria, and the CDU running everywhere except Bavaria. About 7% of the bloc’s nationwide vote total generally comes from the CSU.)

      Posted by PW on 09/18 at 01:54 PM • permalink


    1. Who screwed up Karl’s Operation Kraut?!

      Damn it.

      This from deutsche. de-

      Who is the winner?
      It’s not clear yet which party has come out the real winner of this year’s early parliamentary elections. Despite being the strongest single party in terms of votes, the CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU were not able to guarantee a majority with the preferred coalition partner FDP.
      On the other hand, the SPD and Greeens lost the election when it comes to votes. But if they join with the Left Party/ PDS to form a so-called Red-Red-Green coalition, Gerhard Schröder could remain chancellor. Will that happen, or will the SPD join with the CDU to form a grand coalition with Merkel as chancellor. Much is still uncertain as the vote counting continues.

      And now they are quoting the piker-Schroder as saying-he’s staying.

      But the FDP guy says he ain’t going to do a traffic light coalition-red-green-yellow.

      Does anyone smell Weimar Roasting?

      Gawd-Chirac, heck Dominique could take ‘em.

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/18 at 02:24 PM • permalink


    1. Worst global political news of the year. Europe needs a strong and level-headed Germany. Now its going to get another few years of ‘68er incompetance, infantilism in foreign affairs, and lack of much needed reforms.

      The fact that Shroeder would consider a coalition with the cryto-fascist Left party shows how particularly craven he is.

      Depressing news.

      Posted by Scott on 09/18 at 03:45 PM • permalink


    1. Gah! Another Stalemate!

      Alright, which one of you bozos did Uncle Rove put in charge of rigging these ones? You’re doing a poor job!

      Posted by Quentin George on 09/18 at 05:10 PM • permalink


    1. I recall a certain apprentice saying this election was in the bag… I’d better call ahead and warn the hangar to have the Turtle Wax warmed up…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 09/18 at 07:19 PM • permalink


    1. “Goodbye Gerhard?”, I bloody hope so!
      How did it come to this, to a knife-edge result I mean? Merkel is a bloody dickhead! Increasing the VAT did her in as far as I’m concerned. With consumer sentiment already in the toilet, what was the CDU/CSU thinking proposing an increase in value added tax? She’ll NEVER be forgiven if she has to form some sort of “grand coalition” with Schroder, or if, God forbid, Schroder actually wins. It should never have come to this. This one was there for the taking! IDIOT!

      Posted by Brian on 09/18 at 10:44 PM • permalink


    1. Rest secure , the reasons for the snaggle tooth and the poison dwarf being (nearly?) re elected is here!!!,5744,16646620%255E2703,00.html

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 09/18 at 11:32 PM • permalink


    1. Geez Brian, easily getting agitated?

      Posted by PW on 09/19 at 02:36 AM • permalink


    1. Can we stop hearing about Florida now?

      Posted by Gary and the Samoyeds on 09/19 at 10:03 AM • permalink


    1. Merkel is a bloody dickhead! Increasing the VAT did her in as far as I’m concerned.

      Note to politicians: promising to increase people’s taxes is NOT a way to win an election.

      How frackin’ depressing.

      Posted by Dave S. on 09/19 at 02:14 PM • permalink


    1. Note to politicians: promising to increase people’s taxes is NOT a way to win an election.

      Well, the idea was to use increased VAT revenue to reduce the level of social contributions and thus make jobs more affordable for employers. Schröder (and the Left Party, too) did the expected thing and ran the same type of election campaign that the Liberals did in Canada last year, i.e. lots of scaremongering about how horrible things will be when the evil conservatives get into power. Unfortunately, it worked to some degree. It’s much easier to get people worked up about something tangible (increased prices for most goods) than about something intangible (greater job prospects).

      Anyway, note that the only parties to make gains were the one strongly pushing for far-reaching reforms (the Free Democrats) and the one strongly opposed to any reforms (the Left Party). Polarization ain’t just an American phenomenon.

      Posted by PW on 09/19 at 02:38 PM • permalink


    1. I think everyone’s missed the point. This election will change little either way.

      The German Federal Justice Ministry admitted in Questions that of 23167 bills passed since 1998, almost 19000 came from Brussels.


      Posted by Sheriff on 09/21 at 05:55 AM • permalink


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