Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baron of the Holy Roman Empire?

Germany—Another Shaky Coalition and Young Blood
By Ron Fraser
An up-and-coming German politician to watch

NUNSPEET—“Germany has chosen the turning point: the CDU(Christian Democrats) and FDP (Free Democrats) will govern. … The winner of this election is Guido Westerwelle (FDP leader). Angela Merkel’s winning smile is deceptive. The CDU lost votes. She is only there due to the parlous state of the SPD and its weak competitors” (Neue Ruhr Zeitung/Neue Rhein Zeitung, September 27; translation ours).

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