Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The German elections are over, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won an historic victory, symbolic of the gradual defeat of socialism across Europe.
The results for her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU)are lower than in 2005. But what's radically changed Germany's political landscape are the vastly increased totals for the pro free-enterprise business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP).
She will now be able to form a center right coalition government that leans further right than the previous one.
The biggest losers were Germany's left center Social Democrats, who had their worst results since the 1950's and will now be out of government.Led by its candidate Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the SPD attempted to track Left in a bid to stop the run off of votes to the more radical Left and Green parties. It proved to be a spectacularly unsuccessful tactic.
The undertone of all this was al-Qaeda's threat to unleash a major attack on Germany if Merkel were re-elected.
It remains to be seen whether they will attempt to make that threat good.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 12:05 PM