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« on: October 19, 2013, 08:10:02 am »

As you may imagine, I followed these elections with great interest. Smiley So glad to see the FDP gone. Cheesy And hopefully now that Merkel's future is assured for the next 4 years, hopefully she will be a bit more pragmatic in her approach to the EU.

So where are coalition talks going at this point? Are minimum wage and gay marriage all but assured at this point?
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 12:46:11 pm »

Shame. Sad
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2013, 03:37:01 pm »

Meh, the agreement is a bit disappointing, but I guess that considering the numbers the SPD could hardly get anything else. I'm happy for German workers, the minimum wage will be a great thing.
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2013, 07:13:20 am »

Hannelore Kraft: "I will never run for Chancellor."

NO!!!! Cry
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2013, 12:32:24 pm »

This Slomka sounds like a major idiot.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 09:17:49 am »

Let's hope the government lives up to expectations.
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 08:09:22 am »

All of them, both CDU/CSU and SPD, added "so wahr mir Gott helfe" to their oath of office.

Ugh...
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013, 07:30:11 am »

It's hard to think of a less relevant issue.

Symbols matter. Sure, they don't matter as much as facts, but they're important in that they both illustrate and reinforce mainstream social attitudes toward something (cultural hegemony, etc.).
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 01:03:40 pm »

Presumably you'd also rather they turned up for the oaths in donkey jackets?

That would certainly be beautiful to see, yes, but let's stay realistic. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2013, 12:28:38 pm »

The Grand Coalition is now talking about extending the legislative term from 4 years to 5 years

Horrible idea. From my French experience, I can testify that 5 year terms are waaaay too long.
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2013, 10:05:09 am »

Yeah, 3 years is the right term length. It's such a shame Sweden got rid of 3-year terms in the 90s. Sad
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2016, 05:21:04 pm »

Well this is depressing.
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2016, 02:02:40 pm »

Of which parties did the outgoing coalition consist? If SDP-CDU won't have a majority and the Greens don't reach the threshold things can get very tricky here...

SPD-CDU are set to have a majority.
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2017, 02:12:49 am »

Well, things suddenly got interesting.
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2017, 12:43:43 am »

Looks like the SPD will demand single payer healthcare (among other things) if they enter another grand coalition.

Oh? That is genuinely good news.

If the SPD really wants to die, at least it should be a noble sacrifice that wins the working class something.
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