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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Fredrik Reinfeldt on: September 15, 2014, 10:05:22 am
Austerifascist.

You know, not sure why this of all things is the final straw, but I'm finally putting you on ignore.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 15, 2014, 09:59:01 am
I'm pretty sure the AfD will get easily into the Hamburg parliament (senate) early next year.

They will likely get 6-8% and not the 10-12% in the East, but they will easily get in.

I think the AfD would likely enter in pretty much every Bundesland at this point.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 15, 2014, 06:11:56 am
At this point, the AfD has no interest in governing. Why would they?
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Fredrik Reinfeldt on: September 14, 2014, 04:56:25 pm
FF
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 03:45:47 pm
Great job, Swedes! Welcome to the same nightmarish hell that other European countries have been living through for a while. Apparently you're no better than them.

Being a little overdramatic here, aren't we? Smiley It's still going to be a minority for the left.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 02:11:56 pm
So in Thüringen, the far-left and far-right receive a total of 40%, while red-green are at 13%, and black-yellow (lol) get 35%.
Yeah, well, I don't think die Linke qualifies as far-left in this context, maybe even in any context. And does the AfD actually qualify as "far-right" ? Wouldn't that be the NPD ? I would see the AfD more as "right-wing" or "hard-right", not "far-right".

I agree with you, but my version sounded more dramatic. Smiley
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 02:06:49 pm
So in Thüringen, the far-left and far-right receive a total of 40%, while red-green are at 18%, and black-yellow (lol) get 35%.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 11:27:05 am
Ballot secrecy is absolutely respected as long as voters have the possibility to keep their vote secret. If someone wants to make their vote known, I don't see what's the problem.

The problem is that if someone can make their vote public, then they can also be coerced to make their vote public. The secret ballot isn't really secret unless there's no way for a voter to prove that they cast a ballot for a particular party; otherwise, the possibility of voter intimidation is always present.

This is why voting by mail is so problematic.

Of course, in the era of smartphones....it seems like even perfect systems would be open to this problem.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 11:14:54 am
Oh, and the FDP really needs to stop being listed separately.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 11:12:15 am
CDU-SPD "grand coalition" with a majority of only 1 seat in Thüringen. Red-Red-Green 1 seat short of a majority. Well this is going to be chaos.

CDU/SPD/Greens is an option then.

Wonder if this is the first time a "grand coalition" might be without a majority in Germany?
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 11:05:44 am
CDU-SPD "grand coalition" with a majority of only 1 seat in Thüringen. Red-Red-Green 1 seat short of a majority. Well this is going to be chaos.

12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 10:55:41 am
Hoping the respectable turnout in Thüringen means the NPD doesn't surprise us...
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 10:52:22 am
ARD election coverage starts:

http://en.iphone-tv.eu/stream/de/44

ZDF election coverage starts:

http://en.iphone-tv.eu/stream/de/19

1st projection for both states in 15 minutes !

Ah thanks!

I've been trying for several minutes to get a livestream and unfortunately, from Poland, it's not the easiest task.

That works though.

No problem ... Wink

Btw: What are you doing in Poland ?

Auslandssemester Smiley
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 10:49:57 am
It seems kind of strange. Wouldn't it be a lot easier just to distribute ballot papers and have the voters mark them?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 10:48:38 am
ARD election coverage starts:

http://en.iphone-tv.eu/stream/de/44

ZDF election coverage starts:

http://en.iphone-tv.eu/stream/de/19

1st projection for both states in 15 minutes !

Ah thanks!

I've been trying for several minutes to get a livestream and unfortunately, from Poland, it's not the easiest task.

That works though.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 14, 2014, 06:20:57 am
I'd vote Green in Thüringen today. Probably CDU in Brandenburg.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XVII - Unlimited hours of football on: September 14, 2014, 05:37:07 am
I will also boycott this fake Update.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 13, 2014, 05:51:23 pm
If I were a Scottish voter, I would vote NO.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics (State elections in Brandenburg and Thüringen!) on: September 13, 2014, 04:48:48 pm
I really hope red-red-green does happen. I dislike the idea of Linke being in charge just as much as the next reasonable person, but it's really time for it to happen. There needs to be a clear left and right.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article III Section 1 Clause 2 (Debating) on: September 13, 2014, 04:42:08 pm
I've nothing further to contribute to this debate. I think the pros and cons are pretty clear. It's a matter of priorities.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: September 13, 2014, 03:10:40 pm
Unsurprisingly, gmantis has defeated me... Smiley
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 13, 2014, 02:13:32 pm
I know Wal-Mart has mangos. 

He'll probably get it canned...
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: September 13, 2014, 01:59:10 pm
Have arrived in Warsaw where I'll be studying this semester. Wish I spoke at least a little Polish, though... Smiley
Are there any residual bad feelings between the Poles and the Germans these days?


Deep down, probably yes to a certain extent, especially among the very old. That said, I've never felt unwelcome here (and I've visited Poland a few times), and with most it's probably not quite active dislike anymore, but perhaps just a bit of scepticism. But in my age group, I get the feeling things are totally cool.

Quite honestly, I could understand if feelings were a lot worse, but I'm really happy with the way German-Polish relations have developed over the last few years especially.

I'd certainly much rather be a German in Poland than a Russian.

But maybe Kalwejt should comment on this.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 13, 2014, 01:56:59 pm
Strawberries and vanilla sound alright, but I think I'll pass on the antifreeze!

Look at it this way, your grade 9 headache would be the least of your worries then, at least.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany: SPD Minister-President wants to turn his Land into a theocracy on: September 13, 2014, 01:24:11 pm
I think the best solution to this would be a referendum.

Yes let one of Western Germany's poorest Länder waste money, time and publicity on a referendrum which everybody know will end with a Yay and less than half voting and will serve nothing except making people even more tired of politics than they are.

And I'd also prefer to keep these American style moral issues out of the general political discourse. It's bad enough that it's turning into a debate. It'd be even worse if a referendum campaign had to be conducted.
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