Monday, September 19, 2005

Red Red Green

Will Schroeder remain Germany's chancellor? Or will conservative Lucy pull the football away from the social democrats at the last second?

This weekend's election in Germany failed to produce a clear winner - and now both the left leaning SPD and conservative CDU are claiming victory. With our dysfunctional electoral system, it's easy to romanticize a parliamentary electoral system - but as the BBC reports, the need to form a coalition government can make for some unusual bedfellows. What sounds better to you - "Red-Red-Greeen", the "Grand Coalition", or the "Traffic Light Coalition"? The American Sector was hoping to bring you observations on the election from our Berlin bureau chief, but the American Sector's sister didn't call yesterday.