Well, in the greater context this is kind of regional, you might have heard of Germany before, but its not a state of the US, so I don`t know if you
knew that we have some kind of democracy lately, not this communism or faschism anymore..
Well, its election day. We are voting at two different institutions - directly for a candidate (who might get absolute majority in her/his electoral
district, in which case s/he goes to the Bundestag directly or .. well, that depends on the number of second-list-votings for the party in concern)
and for a party.
The party with most votings has the right to pronounce the Bundeskanzler, although this is nearly settled if the votings go along the predicted
outcomes - Angela Merkel is the most likely candidate for the next term of 4 years. The Bundeskanzler can be nominated without restrictions in holding
the office for a repeated number of times. Helmut Kohl was Bundeskanzler (chancellor) for more than 16 years.
We have several parties which have predictably more than 5% of the votes, which is the necessary limit to enter the Bundestag. We have
The conservative party, although in us-american terms they are more like the democrats. They stood for 237 of 622 seats in the Bundestag and ruled
together with the FDP. Angela Merkel is a member of the CDU, but not their designated leader. The CSU is available only in Bavaria, which is deemed a
blessing by the other federal states.. Yes, another opinionated comment by me, sorry.
The liberal party, which is exactly what they are. In my opinion a devious bunch of people, ready to sell their grandmother for moneys.. Well, just my
2 cents. They occupied 93 of 622 seats, adding up to a majority of 330 seats together with the CDU/CSU.
The socialistic party, although they are leaning more the center and sometimes to the center/right part of the political spectrum, in my opinion.
Reached 146 seats in the last elections. In the consensual feeling they are the most likely party to add up to the CDU/CSU to reach the wanted
absolute majority in the Bundestag to elect the Bundeskanzler - as the FDP is thought that they will have difficulties to reach the needed 5% of
votings to be qualified for the Bundestag.
Well, in the eighties they started as a quite radical form of ecologicaly oriented party, nowadays they are spending a lot of time and ressources to
lose that image mostly, because they want to be voted for by more than the 3-4% of the population which are still vehemently ecologically oriented.
Last week some higher member thought about using the taxes on cars not for some eco-valuable target, but for the refurbishment of the streets and
bridges.. Well, political realism demanded some revaluations of ideas and ideals, I guess..
Those are the left, taking away votes from the SPD, which has changed to some kind of SPD(CDU-alike), being to "right" for true followers of the
idea of a party for the working class. They are predecessors of the PDS and WASG, the former a predecessor of the SED (East-Germany's communist
party), the latter a party formed of the more radical-left members of the SPD.
There are several other parties, but the 5 mentioned above have the highest chances to be voted into the Bundestag.
Today at 5 pm UTC the polling places will be closed and the first election-projections will be made public. We will see.