September 22, 2013
ANOTHER REMINDER OF HOW BADLY THE HOUSE GOP HAD TO BOTCH THE CREDIT CRISIS...:
Merkel's Christian Democrats come out on top with 42 percent in early results (Deutsche-Welle, 9/22/13)
Sunday's election has proved yet another victory for Chancellor Merkel's center-right CDU party. Exit polls showed 42 percent of the vote went to the CDU extending their hold on the Bundestag for another four years.In 2009 the CDU and its CSU sister party won 33.8 percent of the vote with 239 seats in parliament. They formed a coalition with the business friendly Free Democrats (FDP) who won 14.6 percent of the vote. However, on Sunday the FDP earned just 4.7 percent of the vote, below the 5 percent threshold to get in to the Bundestag.Federal Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen shared her enthusiasm over her partys results."This is fantastic. It is well over 40 percent, which we haven't achieved in over 20 years," von der Leyen said to broadcaster ARD.
...for a conservative party to lose a Western election.Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2013 1:04 PM