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Merkel romps to victory in German election (Update-5)
Reuters ^ | Sept 22, 2013 | Stephen Brown and Noah Barkin

Posted on 09/22/2013 11:47:41 AM PDT by Innovative

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in a German election on Sunday, putting her within reach of the first absolute majority in parliament in half a century, a ringing endorsement of her steady leadership in the euro crisis.

Partial results put her conservative bloc - the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) -- on 42.5 percent, which if confirmed would be their strongest score since 1990, the year of German unification.

The outcome could give Merkel an edge of a few seats over the combined opposition in the Bundestag lower house for the first time since conservative Chancellor Konrad Adenauer achieved that feat in 1957. But she may still need a coalition partner for her third term when the final votes are counted.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Germany; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: angelamerkel; eussr; germanelections; germany; merkel
So far so good...
1 posted on 09/22/2013 11:47:42 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

But if the FDP doesn’t win 5% doesn’t that mean SDP is the coalition partner?


2 posted on 09/22/2013 11:49:57 AM PDT by tellw
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To: Innovative

Germany has come a long way since the dark days of 1933-45. I wish them well and drink their beer.


3 posted on 09/22/2013 11:50:36 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

Long way in what direction?


4 posted on 09/22/2013 11:51:26 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SamAdams76

The “Osties” aren’t going to like this.


5 posted on 09/22/2013 11:52:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

The right direction. Hitler embodied the extreme far left and it’s been a long road in the right direction since.


6 posted on 09/22/2013 11:53:24 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: dfwgator

Are “Osties” from the east?


7 posted on 09/22/2013 11:53:56 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Yes. They still mostly are socialist.


8 posted on 09/22/2013 11:56:27 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Innovative
Good election result.

Not sure I'd want to see Angela Merkel "romping" in my direction, though.

9 posted on 09/22/2013 11:59:41 AM PDT by x
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To: SamAdams76
What right direction would that be? The country is the champion of the social market economy (involves government involvement in business—sound familiar?), with their economic politicians cursing the “Anglo-Saxon capitalist model” (note the racism) back in 2008 even though it was not the cause of the fiscal meltdown (but imitating Europe’s social market model was, among many other things).

There are token reversions of perversion (e.g. re-banning zoophilia), but no wholesale adoption of a truly moral stance in life there.
10 posted on 09/22/2013 12:02:43 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: dfwgator
The “Osties” aren’t going to like this.

The term is "Ossies."

Regards,

11 posted on 09/22/2013 12:05:35 PM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Innovative

German is track for a super-low 5% unemployment rate and >$200 billion trade SURPLUS.

Meanwhile, Spain, Portugal and Italy are at 15% unemployment.

In the Euro, the PIIGS pain is Merkel’s gain.


12 posted on 09/22/2013 12:14:01 PM PDT by PGR88
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You know what she's doing here, right? Angela Merkel photo: Angela Merkel AngelaMerkel-1.jpg She wants you, man!
13 posted on 09/22/2013 12:21:56 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Innovative
Most likely a “hollow” victory.

If Merkel has to join with the Socialist Party to form a coalition government, what, really, will have been won?

Merkel’s CDU Party is already center-left on its most “Conservative” day.

Mix in a couple Socialist ministers, and the unstoppable leftward drift of European politics will pick up speed for the next four years.

14 posted on 09/22/2013 12:37:05 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Innovative

The German media said her opponent was closing fast and it was a dead heat. The German media probably gets its marching orders from our lame stream media.


15 posted on 09/22/2013 12:43:00 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: Innovative

“romps” to victory?


16 posted on 09/22/2013 12:44:35 PM PDT by I want the USA back
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I think we both need this...


17 posted on 09/22/2013 12:44:53 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Innovative

As far as I can figure, she was an East German. Probably from Brandenburg or Mechlenburg? I visited all of east Germany last year, they didn’t look like they were starving, and the Trabats are far and few between. Its a new country there. I’ve seen where there were barracks from the early 1900s converted to Condos and new shopping centers popping up everywhere. It shows progress, wish we had someone like that here.


18 posted on 09/22/2013 1:00:01 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: dfwgator

Merkel is an Ossie, by the way.


19 posted on 09/22/2013 1:19:35 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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To: Innovative

Wow, a dictator won reelection. In other news, Hugo Chavez and Vladamir Putin have also have won elections.


20 posted on 09/22/2013 1:32:05 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Innovative

Deutscheland, Deutscheland, Uber alles, Uber alles ...
ALL THAT IS GREEN!!

Congratulations, Frau Merkel!


21 posted on 09/22/2013 2:02:03 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Bringbackthedraft
As far as I can figure, she was an East German. Probably from Brandenburg or Mechlenburg?

Actually, she was born in Hamburg (West Germany). Her father was a pastor who relocated the family to the east in the early 1950s before the Wall went up. They got stuck there and her formative years were East German. Don't know if her birth place influenced her much as regards today.

22 posted on 09/22/2013 2:44:39 PM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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One would hope that having experienced socialism first hand, she would know some things not to do. The fall of the wall was like a release from prison for most Ossies.


23 posted on 09/22/2013 3:52:25 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Innovative.
...putting her within reach of the first absolute majority in parliament in half a century... her conservative bloc -- the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) -- ...42.5 percent... if confirmed would be their strongest score since 1990, the year of German unification.

24 posted on 09/22/2013 4:34:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Actually, she was born in Hamburg................................ That’s like saying Liberal NYC.


25 posted on 09/23/2013 8:01:32 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: wolfman23601

“Wow, a dictator won reelection.”

You may not like her politics, but Merkel is not a dictator. And, in case you haven’t heard, Chavez es muerto.


26 posted on 09/23/2013 8:30:23 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Innovative

CDU should form a coalition with the Greens. SDP would have too much power.


27 posted on 09/23/2013 2:40:10 PM PDT by tellw
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