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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: EURO 2016 Thread on: July 02, 2016, 12:56:18 am
I'm rooting for a final Wales - Iceland now, because why not? And someone has to kick these strange and unedifying Portugese out.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: EURO 2016 Thread on: June 29, 2016, 01:57:46 am
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Germany is gonna sleepwalk to this title
Sleepwalk? Against Italy? You must be kidding. The chances aren't bad they will end their losing streak against Italy in big tournaments, but it will be hard and interesting game, anyway.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Potential UK General Election Late 2016 / Early 2017 on: June 28, 2016, 11:59:36 am
They should not hold Party leader elections by popular vote, if they dump the winning candidate at the first possible moment under fabricated accusations.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: EURO 2016 Thread on: June 19, 2016, 03:06:35 pm
Congrats, Tender!
I werd narrisch. ;-)
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: World's most demented electoral system? on: May 25, 2016, 01:53:53 am
There have been other systems far more demented, but particular form of PR used in the Weimar Republic was quite special.
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How did it work?
Proportional automatic method with St. Lague (Webster) with a quota of 60,000 votes in electoral districts that usually comprised of a state or a Prussian province. Remainders were collected on a combined electoral district and the Reich level, seats allocated due to the same method. (There was a constraint that only as many compensatory seats could be gained as where gained at the electoral district level.

I don't think, that it is "demented" at all. BTW, it has an interesting side effect of representing turnout.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 49.8% of Austrian voters on: May 24, 2016, 10:53:38 am
Not that it really has to be "invented". Hitler gained the German citizenship in 1932 to be a candidate for the Presidential election, and the act was quite loopholish and murky.

Hitler's brand of antisemitism has clearly its roots in the "christian social" and "alldeutsche" ideology of Austria of its time. And FPÖ's ideology has its roots also in the nationalist, racist, antisemite and antidemocratic traditions of the political right wing during the monarchy and the First Republic. Hofer is probably nearer to Dollfuß then Hitler, though.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 49.8% of Austrian voters on: May 24, 2016, 02:58:27 am
The country that gave us Hitler. So what do you expect? ;-)
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Fatah on: May 24, 2016, 02:57:17 am
HFF (moderate hero opinion)
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: World's most demented electoral system? on: May 23, 2016, 06:13:30 am
And noone mentions the United States presidential election, where the loser can outright win due to the electoral college?
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: April 29, 2016, 04:38:29 am
Seems more like a fight of personal circles than something that is really rooted in "political ideological wings". SPD in Berlin is the "bloodless party of governance without any ideas or even principles", anyway. Müller seems like a middle-of-the-road SPD technocrat to me, Stöss more like a "socially liberal" (American meaning) with a Wowereitish persona.

SPD will leave the coalition with the CDU after the election, anyway. Both parties and even the cabinet members despise each other in public. The only raison d'etre of this coalition was the enforcement of the building of the disputed Autobahn A 100 extension, which is now underway  and they twiddled their thumbs, since, which is an absolute disaster.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: March 18, 2016, 10:47:36 am
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Interesting north-south divide. What's the explanation behind it?
I don't think that it has anything to do with the "proximity to Berlin" or much with the "proximity to Saxony". Why should Berlin have influence over the Altmark and Börde regions? The southern parts have not been part of Saxony for 200 years (some never have, by the way).

The south of Sachsen-Anhalt has been one of the most industrialised regions of Germany until 1990 (coal and other mining, heavy and chemical industry). So deinstrualisation after 1990 has hit in the hardest possible way and this fosters brain drain and dissatisfaction of the leftovers. The north seems more complicated. It is generally more rural and agricultural, but had been more friendly to the SPD in the beginning, which was probably because of Reinhold Höppner, who had been an important figure in the Evangelical Church of the Church province of Saxony (which means the Prussian province of Saxony that is now part of Saxony-Anhalt). But this seems to have vanished over time and those voters probably went to the CDU. And if proximity plays a role, its probably the proximity to the West, where the jobs are.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: March 13, 2016, 07:27:07 pm
In ST CDU-SPD-Green (Kenya) is the only coalition of some viability, but it would probably act more like a caretaker government (and for that reason it is possible we will see new elections there, soon. At least, I doubt, this would last the full term.

I can't really think of a viable minority government, either.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: March 13, 2016, 06:10:58 pm
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Can AfD and Die Linke work together?
AfD mixes economic liberalism (real meaning, not the American one) and welfare cuts with social conservatism and xenophobia, so its literally the total opposite of what is in the Linke's party platform.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican Puerto Rico Primary results thread (polls close @2pm ET?) on: March 06, 2016, 09:41:45 am
I doubt, that many of New York's Puerto Ricans are registered for the Puerto Rico Republican primary.

On the other hand, as Puerto Ricans would not be affected by anti immigration measueres, Rubio's appeal does not seem that much set in stone, does it?
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Will Angela Merkel be the German Chancellor until 2041? on: March 03, 2016, 06:23:27 am
But even if the CDU/CSU lead was to be permanent, there will most likely other figures emerge to succeed her as chancellor, especially as the percieved centrist course the CDU has taken under Merkel isn't beyond dispute inside the party, but was tolerated as it deemed electorally successful, and CDU is a "party of power, at most.

Her percieved refugee policies (which is merely public statements whereas backtracking and thwarting it afterwards in every possible way) is not that popular with conservatives, either.

At the moment state CDU leader of Rheinland-Pfalz, Julia Klöckner, seems to be trying hard, to emerge as an "anti-Merkel".

16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican South Carolina Primary results thread (polls close @7pm ET) on: February 20, 2016, 07:35:30 pm
Promising a "fun night" and then calling the race almost immediately. Media...
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GOP as party of 9/11, as party of Bush, is officially dead tonight. on: February 20, 2016, 07:34:16 pm
What does this even mean?
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Walter Scheel alive at 96 on: February 16, 2016, 06:50:51 pm
Important to notice in this context, his rendition of the traditional German tune "Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen" (Upon the yellow (mail) coach), that he recorded while in office as secretary of state in 1973. ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGlO961zcF4
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: January 09, 2016, 08:37:05 am
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Given Germany love for censorship and over-nannying (ie. the dreadful, dictatorial and index-like BPjM), how those "Kameradschaft" not banned?
The BPjM isn't index-like. "Media imperiling the youth" are going "on the index", literally.

The irony is, that the "Kameradschaft" organisations this party is based on are already banned, but parties are specially protected by the Grundgesetz, in that they only can be banned via the Constitutional court. . This is an expensive procedure, so it is only used for quiet important parties and not for obscure right and left wing splinter groups. (There is an NPD case pending at the moment, but it would only be the third banned party in BRD/FRG history). There is also a minor procedure, that the Constitutional Court can state, that an organisation isn't a party, so it can be banned as a normal association. This happened to another militant Neonazi organisation, the FAP (Freiheitliche Arbeiterpartei) in 1994.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: January 07, 2016, 05:36:50 pm
The "Dritte Weg" is actually a "freie Kameradschaft" (street-fighting Nazi hoodlums) with a party banner, while the NPD is only collaborating and openly supporting such structures without beeing one and also have some people who ocassionally were suits.

So it is more a matter of style then ideology.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of this map? on: November 23, 2015, 11:29:10 am
That the Egyptian government doesn't control the Sinai is a bit overly simplistic, isn't it? Also, what's the matter with the stripe between Egypt and Sudan?
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: November 23, 2015, 05:03:31 am
I've come to the conclusion, that Tender is just trolling, at this point.

BTW, anecdotical evidence from people helping refugees in Leipzig is, that most Syrian people their, claim to have fled either the war in general or the Assad regime.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: November 20, 2015, 06:23:26 pm
Now, two other pollsters have (Infratest, GMS) have basically confirmed the AfD upward trend. So Infratest and Forsa have them both up one percentage point on a weekly basis (8 respectively 9 per cent). GMS has them at 9 per cent (+4 up on a monthly basis, just like infratest in their Berlin poll).

24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: November 19, 2015, 07:09:36 pm
The Left as a party has a clear "Let's help the refugees" stance, at least the party leadership has. Red-red-green in Thuringia has a little bit more of an pragmatic edge, but still clearly on the pro side. Left base members and voters, especially in the East, is a more blurred picture, but most opponents either stay at the closet or loosen their ties to the Left, at the moment.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do non-Americans actually still refer to "miles" a lot? on: November 19, 2015, 03:32:08 pm
In Germany it's mostly in bywords like meilenweit - "miles wide", actually a far distance or circumcircle, or for lyrical value. Of course, we also know the Meilenstein and the Siebenmeilenstiefel ("seven league boots", the Bannmeile, and Meile meaning "long street" or "boulevard". Nobody would use it as an exact distance. And we have Bonusmeilen à la "miles and more".

And nautical miles of course, but the average German is not a captain or sailor. And as others already have stated, Jazz fans do quite often. ;-)
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