Thursday, September 15, 2005

German elections roundup

If you know nothing about what's going on in Germany or why it's important, you could do worse than start with Sign and Sight's handy and succinct overview.

First up, is Merkel going to push for an extra round? She's been dropping in the polls of late (which may be worrying the markets, plus getting into trouble over her flat tax proposals, recently so popular in the UK blogosphere - with more in-depth looks at her economic policy woes at Der Spiegel.

Meanwhile, the Guardian (or is it theguardian?) looks at what went wrong in Germany and why "Everyone is afraid", even though the Financial Times reckons that Schröder's legacy will be a good one and Der Spiegel reckons Germany's a lot better off than it thinks it is in a nice comparison of Merkel and Maggie (as in Thatcher, natch).

(As an odd aside - largely for the eurosceptics to get heated up - the eurosceptic Times wonders if the Turkish vote will save the pro-Turkish entry Schröder, while Newropeans magazine bemoans the inability of non-German EU citizens to vote on Sunday, and in national elections full stop.)

Over at Fistful, Alex gives an overview of the squabbles over potential coalitions following Edward's look at the implications of Merkel missing an overall majority and Tobias' top-notch look at the problems with her campaign. It's one of the better places to keep up with what's going on.

As I finish up I also notice North Sea Diaries also has an election roundup with much good stuff - a bit of overlap, naturally, but certainly worth a look.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Armin said...

I regard the comments by "Bild" about "Turkish" voters as racist as well.

The are not Turks, they are Germans, otherwise they wouldn't be able to vote. Yes, they have Turkish ancestry and possibly Turkish roots (keep in mind that a lot of them are 3rd or even 4th generation Germans), but in my eyes that isn't any different to all the "Russian Germans", "Polish Germans" etc nobody seems to have an issue with.

This smells of the "Asian-British" debate we had here in the UK a few weeks ago, something I found horrible then.

BTW: I can't get this "word verification" thing to work in Firefox, just had to start IE to post this comment.

9/15/2005 11:32:00 am  

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