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NEWS: German Chancellor Schroeder Out, First Female Leader In

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posted on Sep, 22 2005 @ 08:00 AM
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Originally posted by shots
I hope she wins. Just curious though since you say "here in Germany", I assume you are German, Does that mean even the Germans wanted to see her win knowing she is somewhat pro American.


The specific stance on the US question has never been discussed or played a significant role in the campaigns; no serious person would have let that influence his or her decision to vote.

Apart from that there is no anti-american policy in Germany. The government that showed this kind of populistic tendency is the US government, speaking furiously against France and Germany. All there was was an anti-WAR policy; so the only difference a "pro american" chancellor could make would be to increase german dependancy on the US.

Even if Merkel becomes chancellor Germany will not begin active support of the Iraq crisis. Nor will Germany follow the US in any other wars that are begun based on similar conditions, or support US views that are decidedly not the wish of the german population. The effect on transatlantic relations would be marginal under Merkel (although undoubtly some media would celebrate the nonexistant "swing in relations"), because there still would be the same person in the White House.




posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 05:38 AM
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Looks like Merkel is indeed going to be Germany's new chancellor, but as part of a "grand coalition" of CDU and SPD rather than the more interesting "Jamaica coalition." This seems like it will be a rather gridlocked government and probably deliver little of the reforms Germany needs to help its struggling economy:



Statements from a SPD spokesperson seem to confirm earlier reports that a deal has been struck between the Social Democrats and conservatives which will see Angela Merkel become Germany's first female chancellor.

Germany’s long wait for a new chancellor is coming to an end after sources from both the Social Democrat and Christian Democratic Union parties said on Monday that Angela Merkel is set to become Germany's first female chancellor, and the first to have been raised in the former communist east, under a deal struck with the SPD.

A Social Democrat spokesman told reporters that Gerhard Schröder's party had agreed that Merkel should replace the incumbent as chancellor at the head of a coalition government. The spokesperson said party members had approved by a large majority the deal that would make Merkel the first female chancellor in German history.

Source: Deutsche Welle


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