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September 27, 2009


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Bernard Guerrero

I knew I could count on you for a little German electoral color. Allow me to request additional commentary on the following, if you have time:

-FDP's best result ever (yay!); cannibalizing the CDU?

-What happens with the nuke plants?

-Any chance this will last for a while? Looking from a distance, I'm not sure what either the FDP or CDU/CSU gets out of it. Any movement by the CDU towards the FDP's axis opens it to weakness on its left flank. The FDP will find it difficult to get anything meaningful done regarding its platform.

-Record low turnout.

Tony Zbaraschuk

I wonder how long it will take for things to coalesce into two parties? (I think in Britain it took a century or so...)

Nich Hills

Loved your summary of the Liberal Democrats, Doug. Although had hoped that your description of Germany's New Zealand style electoral system might have more detail than, "the whole thing took five minutes." (That might also have gone some way to answering Tony Z's question at #2.)

Glad to hear your grand autumn is matching our present gorgeous spring.

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