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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio's gaffe: how bad is it? on: February 07, 2016, 04:46:51 am
The reactions to that gaffe are way overblown. Rubio will come in second in NH and cement his status as the establishment candidate.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Presidential Press Release: DEEPLY DISTURBING CAMPAIGN TACTICS FROM LEINAD on: January 21, 2016, 12:20:48 pm
Yes, posting other people's PMs without their consent is a bad move.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Gubernatorial Elections - January 2016 on: January 21, 2016, 07:48:09 am
Write-in: Whoever can finally bring back activity to the region
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: January 19, 2016, 08:35:20 am
As if things couldn't get worse, the reputable German newspaper Die Welt has reported that Christian asylum seekers in Germany are frequent victims to verbal and physical abuse by both Muslim refugees and, which is even more troubling, Muslim guards who work at the camps.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Cologne: Up to 1,000 men of Arab and North African origin sexually assault women on: January 08, 2016, 10:10:19 am
Reports indicate that relevant information regarding the origin of the assailants was initially withheld by police authorities as it was deemed politically problematic. Apparently a large number of aggressors were recent asylum seekers.
Similar cases of sexual assaults committed by what victims have described as clearly foreign individuals were reported in other German cities such as Hamburg and Stuttgart as well as in Zurich, though at a considerably smaller scale.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Cologne: Up to 1,000 men of Arab and North African origin sexually assault women on: January 05, 2016, 05:46:57 am
It does indeed sound too fantastical but the police, the Mayor of Cologne as well as members of te NRW government have all confirmed this.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Cologne: Up to 1,000 men of Arab and North African origin sexually assault women on: January 05, 2016, 03:49:58 am
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/koeln-nach-uebergriffen-an-silvester-polizei-geht-60-anzeigen-nach-a-1070465.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3384423/German-police-hunt-group-1-000-men-Arab-North-African-origin-sexually-assaulted-numerous-women-threw-fireworks-crowds-Cologne-train-station-New-Year-s-Eve.html

Police: 'A completely new dimension of crime'
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Socialization? on: December 19, 2015, 06:52:31 am
You might as well ask "What's your opinion of breathing?".
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2015 At-large Senate Election on: December 13, 2015, 05:05:08 pm
1. ClarkKent
2. NCYankee
3. Cris
4. JoMCaR
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: December 10, 2015, 05:06:31 pm


Guy Parmelin is the most moderate of the three SVP candidates and comes across as laid-back and likeable even to political foes so it isn't a huge surprise that he was elected after all. The SVP still has room to grow in the Suisse romande so having a francophone member of government may be a great asset to the party.

A few days before the election took place Parmelin attracted some attention because of his non-existing English skills. When a journalist asked him a question in English Parmelin literally replied "I can English understand mais je préfère répondre en français pour être plus précis".

After all is said and done, the Federal Council now consists of 2 SVP, 2 FDP, 2 SP members and 1 CVP member again. It is remarkable that three of the seven current Federal Councillors come from the French-speaking part of Switzerland while the Italian-speaking Swiss continue to wait for a representative of their own. It used to be widely expected that the longest-serving Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard (CVP) will be replaced by Filippo Lombardi once she steps down. However, it can hardly be expected that yet another non-Swiss German candidate could be elected as long as there are three francophone incumbents - this would render the clear majority of the Swiss population a minority in the federal government, which is unthinkable!
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: November 20, 2015, 06:36:19 pm
On Sunday the last two run-off elections for the remaining few seats in the Council of States will be held. After that the definite makeup of the new parliament will finally be clear.

As for the executive branch, following the retirement of Mrs. Widmer-Schlumpf (member of the SVP spin-off BDP) the parties of the center ceded their claim to a second seat and vowed to elect a second SVP representative. Therefore, the next Federal Council is going to have 2 SVP, 2 FDP, 1 CVP and 2 SP members again.

Today, after months of conducting a careful selection process and a meeting that took more than five hours, the SVP parliamentary group decided they will put forward three candidacies for the open seat, one from each major part of the country:



From left to right: Thomas Aeschi (36), Norman Gobbi (38) and Guy Parmelin (56).

Each of the three candidates would have been considered outsiders merely a few weeks ago, but their nomination demonstrates the SVP leadership's intention to position the party as a valid political force in all parts of the country and of all generations.

If my visit coincided with a referendum campaign, would it be very noticeable to an outsider?

Only if you're a political geek and speak the local language. Referendum campaigns mostly take place on TV, in the press and on posters.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of people with Front National banners in their signatures on: November 17, 2015, 04:19:56 am
Misguided. Worse, though, in my opinion are the repeated claims that the Paris incidents and countless others "have nothing to do with Islam".
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Well would ya look at that on: November 09, 2015, 04:46:28 am
Yes, it's a bad idea to spend countless hours on "fake elections on a random internet forum" but it's nothing compared to wasting even more time in a chat room gossiping with others and conspiring to come up with weird plans how to be effective trolls as well as generally being nasty to everyone else.

There's really no reason for the cool clique to get on a high horse and scorn the very serious people here.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What happened to TNF? on: November 05, 2015, 03:24:28 pm
An optimistic scenario: He has started to reconsider his views after realizing that adhering to a school of thought which maintains the superiority of North Korea over the capitalist world is a road to nowhere.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2015 General Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: October 25, 2015, 03:10:58 pm
President/Vice President:

Cris/homely

Mideast Senate:

JCL
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: October 18, 2015, 02:08:13 pm
Exit poll results:

SVP: 28%, 65 seats (+11)
SP: 18.6%, 44 (-2)
FDP: 16.4%, 33 (+3)
CVP: 12.6%, 28 (-1)
GP: 7.8%, 10 (-5)
BDP: 4.6%, 8 (-1)
GLP: 4.7%, 6 (-6)
others: 4.4%, 6 (+1)

65 SVP seats + 2 Lega seats + 1 Geneva citizens movement seat  + 33 FDP seats = Rightwing majority

Does this mean SVP are getting their second seat in the federal council?

That's very likely now, yes.

New projection. Same number of seats, but changes in the vote shares:

SVP: 29.5%, 65 seats (+11)
SP: 18.9%, 44 (-2)
FDP: 16.3%, 33 (+3)
CVP: 12.1%, 28 (-1)
GP: 6.9%, 10 (-5)
BDP: 4.1%, 8 (-1)
GLP: 4.6%, 6 (-6)
others: 6 (+1)

http://www.srf.ch/news/wahlen/resultate
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: October 18, 2015, 12:05:14 pm
Exit poll results:

SVP: 28%, 65 seats (+11)
SP: 18.6%, 44 (-2)
FDP: 16.4%, 33 (+3)
CVP: 12.6%, 28 (-1)
GP: 7.8%, 10 (-5)
BDP: 4.6%, 8 (-1)
GLP: 4.7%, 6 (-6)
others: 4.4%, 6 (+1)
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: October 18, 2015, 10:51:17 am
The first (and only) federal exit poll will be released by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (tv channel SRF 1) at 7pm.
Ah, okay, thanks for clearing that up. Tender spoke about exit polls indicating a rightward shift, that's why I asked.

I guess Tender referred to cantonal exit polls, which have been published since the early afternoon. They can be seen here:

http://www.teletext.ch/SRF1/725
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: October 18, 2015, 10:43:28 am
Terrible news of the Social Democrats: The leader of their parliamentary group (Andy Tschümperlin, Schwyz) has apparently lost his seat. It's another SVP gain.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: October 18, 2015, 10:39:36 am
I haven't found an exit poll yet. Do you have one?

The first (and only) federal exit poll will be released by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (tv channel SRF 1) at 7pm.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: October 18, 2015, 10:31:07 am
Sorry for not having posted in this thead for ages. I've been terribly busy lately and been counting votes from yesterday to this afternoon.

Anyway, Tender's right: The right (SVP and FDP) are poised to win in a landslide ("landslide" in Swiss Terms, for what it's worth).

In the Nationalrat, the SVP is expected to gain around 10 seats according to the results that have come in so far. The FDP is going to win a handful as well.

The losers of the election are the Greens, the Green-Liberals and the centrist parties CVP and BDP. The SP is going to remain stable.

It's too early to say what the composition of the Ständerat is going to be like because there will be runoff elections in many cantons.

For an overview of the results, have a look at this website:

https://www.ch.ch/en/elections2015/
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2015 Special Senate Election on: October 09, 2015, 06:44:03 am
1. Pikachu
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 24, 2015, 03:20:16 pm
Cyprus and Malta not taking any, I see.
No specific offers from Norway and Switzerland yet.

The seven members of the Federal Council only convene on Wednesdays so I don't expect any decision regarding the precise number of refugees Switzerland is going to take before next week.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Opinion of Talleyrand's shenanigans on: September 24, 2015, 09:32:58 am
The hilarious dilettantism and overblown hysteria exhibited in the attempt to get rid of Adam Griffin almost makes me believe that this must be a very clever ploy to help him get elected president.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Constitutional Convention Delegate Election on: September 23, 2015, 06:24:14 am
Mideast

JCL
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