If you like politics, the German election will give you a lot of topics of discussion the coming days. I just spoke to a friend who is active in ECOSY and Jusos (Social Democratic Students in Germany) and it was awesome to hear the cheers through the phone as better figures for the SPD came through. Still, CDU might become the biggest party, even though SPD might come a little closer since the big cities are counted last. I just read on the wonderful Der Spiegel News Blog
(IN ENGLISH) that the FDP is ruling out a stoplight-coalition (see below), and nobody seems to be willing to negotiate with the Links/Left-party. According to my German friend, discussions are likely to continue for some days, but one possibility would be a SPD-Greens minority coalition, that will have to seek/make agreements with other parties (Links for example) to get a majority in the Bundestag. That seems OK to me since it is close to what we have in Sweden (the Greens don't have portfolios though), but it would be a novelty to the German system. Most naturally we will have to wait for the final results, but it is difficult not to start speculating...
Most important: the left bloc got more votes than the CDU and the FDP
, CDU sqaundered a nice lead again, and SPD bounced back. According to this logic, I think the SPD is in the front seat to form a government as the biggest party of the left bloc, but that is my Soc Dem Scandinavian take on it. Anyway, this election, and the election in New Zeeland yesterday (where Labour/Helen Clark won), show that it ain't over until it's over. Remember that, Mr. Reinfeldt.