Tuesday, October 11, 2005

große Koalition

I have been following the German election results with much interest. The resulting große Koalition (grand coalition) is quite bizarre, and has happened in the past even in other countries.

Imagine power sharing between ideologically opposing sides. That is what has happened with the Christian Democrats (CDU) and Social Democrats (SPD).

It is a bit like the US Republicans and Democrats splitting the presidential and vice-presidential posts between them, which will never happen because of the American political and electoral system.

It would be analogous to the UK Conservative and Labour parties sharing power or Australia's Liberal/National and Labor parties sharing power to avoid giving minor parties any influence.
Thankfully such grand coalitions are rare. If major parties start sounding and looking the same, there would be no choice in the end.

FAZ artikle - Große Koalition: Stoiber und SPD zweifeln an Merkels Richtlinienkompetenz

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


I spent most of the day on my mat on the deck as it was such a pleasant day.

Tonight, I had a corn fed chicken wing for dinner. My favourite.



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