October 10, 2005

Good News From Germany (Beyond Oktoberfest, That Is)

Herr Gerhard is outen! Frau Angela is in!

It seems all the hullabaloo over the razor-thin Parliamentary election victory of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat Party has subsided, and a deal has been reached. Merkel will be the new Chancellor of Germany.

Under the agreement, which ends a three-week political deadlock, Merkel would have to give most of the seats in the new Cabinet to Schroeder's Social Democrats as the price of governing, including top jobs such as foreign minister.

Merkel also said good relations with the United States — another possible sticking point with Schroeder's party — would be a priority.

"I am convinced that good trans-Atlantic relations are an important task and that they are in Germany's interests," she said.

Well, a weak and ham-strung Pro-American German ally is better than nothing.

Hat-Tip To Jonah Goldberg, and Andrew Stuttaford who says "the stein remains half-empty" in his opinion.

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1 Well yes and no. The reason parliamentary democracies are such a disaster is right here in the results of this election: her party isn't going to have enough to do anything, because they have to form a coalition with other parties. As soon as I heard she only barely won the election, I knew this would happen. Shroeder might as well have won in a landslide.

Posted by: rightwingprof at October 10, 2005 03:44 PM (hj1Wx)

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