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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Schroeder's SPD is Toast

BusinessWeak has this snippet on upcoming elections in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia region:

Another Defeat For Germany's SPD?

Voters are expected to deliver a huge setback to German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 22. The Christian Democrats look set to take control from Schröder's Social Democrats, who have led the state for 39 years. A survey by Berlin pollster Forsa shows the Christian Democrats [Center-Right party] winning the election 45% to 34%. There is even speculation that a defeat for the Social Democrats in Germany's most populous state may prompt Schröder to resign. Most analysts think he'll tough it out until national elections in 2006, hoping that an economic upswing will restore his popularity. He's likely to veer left to fire up his party's core voters.
As I've mentioned previously, if Schroeder's Party (The Socialist Social Democrats) lose in this Bundesland (German state), it'd be equivalent to a GOP takeover of New York, New Jersey, Massachussetts, and Connecticut. For more info on where this region is in Germany and what cities it includes, check out this previous post (Deutschland, Deutschland, ueber... someone? - a twist on their national anthem - Germany, Germany, over everyone [else])

I wouldn't be surprised if Schroeder is pushed aside, but we'll see.... It seems that the German experiment with "The Third Way" is about to end. I just don't see an upswing in the german economy... not with stories like these.

However, given BW's prescription for Schroeder, look for more anti-Americanism from Germany's leaders.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler