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Posted: 9/18/2005 9:57:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 9:58:41 AM EDT by J_Smith]
Finally, Chancellor Schroeder is on his way out.......good news for Germans.......and good news for America.....this is from earlier - the news just declared Angela Merkel the winner.......


Exit Poll: Germans Oust Schroeder's Party
Sep 18 1:23 PM US/Eastern


By DAVID RISING
Associated Press Writer

BERLIN

Exit polls showed conservative challenger Angela Merkel's party leading in German parliamentary elections Sunday, but falling short of the majority she needs to form a center-right coalition even as voters ousted Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government.

Still, Merkel claimed her party had received a mandate from voters to form a new coalition government, and she would talk to all parties with the exception of a small left-wing group as she tried to become Germany's first female chancellor.

"What is important now is to form a stable government for the people in Germany, and we ... quite clearly have the mandate to do that," she said.

Left Party leader Oskar Lafontaine ruled out forming an alliance with Schroeder's party, shutting out the chance of an all-left coalition.

Sunday's vote centered on different visions of Germany's role in the world and how to fix its sputtering economy. Schroeder touted the country's role as a European leader and counterbalance to America, while Merkel pledged to reform the moribund economy and repair ties with Washington.

An exit poll by ZDF public television showed Merkel's Christian Democrats at 35.9 percent, considerably worse than expected and short of a majority with her preferred coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats, at 10.4 percent.

Her party had consistently polled above 40 percent during the campaign.

Without a majority, Merkel may be forced as chancellor into a coalition with the Social Democrats, probably without Schroeder.

Schroeder's Social Democrats were at 33.6 percent, according to ZDF.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:02:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:05:18 AM EDT
Good for zee Germans.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:11:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 10:12:23 AM EDT by J_Smith]
I have friends overseas still. A lot of conservative gun owners in Germany.......not all of Europe is "eurotrash" and they too are at their own crossroads - between conservative-minded people and the nut jobs of the socialist left. I know Germans with equal/better gun rights then some Massachusetts residents - and Germans don't even have a 2nd Amendment.

Just happy to see German Chancellor Schroeder out the door.......after he embarassed us and Germany by siding with French President Jacque Chirac in the War on Terror.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:23:33 AM EDT
EXIT Polls, as we know doesnt mean shit.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:24:59 AM EDT
Yeah! I hope.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:42:16 AM EDT
The Axis of Weasels continues to stumble...

Schroeder's main political tool was playing on Germans' anti-Americanism. It worked in their last elections, glad to see it's failing now.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:48:00 AM EDT
Guys, Schroeder has lost the election but Merkel hasn't won either. they'll HAVE to form a coalition consisting of Schroeder AND Merkel...and probably dump the FDP and the Greens.
Merkel has NOT won the election UNFORTUNATELY, and even if she had: 56% have voted for a left wing party (Greens, Socialists and Communists)
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 2:39:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 2:40:02 PM EDT by KlubMarcus]
God is great! It seems like the leaders who supported Bush, PM Major in the UK and PM Howard, won re-election.

It must be the work of the nefarious Karl Rove.
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