As we all know, one of the most classic political parties in Europe - SPD in Germany - is facing a tough election today. The polls have been getting closer and after talking to some friends in Germany I have some hope - the mood is good among the social democrats and the race is not over. What many people are saying is that we can have a totally new situation in German politics after the election: no clear winner, one more party above 5 percent (the new left/Links party); a new ball game... Quite a few pundits are talking about a "big coalition" of SPD and CDU if there is no clear winner; personally I wonder why there isn't more talk about a "stop-light coalition" (red, yellow, green; SPD, Greens, the Liberal party). Just a thought, I remember my professor in German politics at SAIS (Hans-Peter Schwarz) talking about the "stop-light coalition" at some point, it might not be realistic, but remember where you read it first.
(Now I am off to hand out ballots for the Social Democrats in the "Church election" that we have in Sweden today. I will miss Liverpool-Man Utd on TV because of that, but I am hoping for a threefold red victory today: in Germany, in the Swedish election, and at Anfield. Go Reds!)