BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday won the center-right majority that eluded her four years ago – nudging Europe’s biggest economic power to the right as it claws its way out of a deep recession.
Voters sent the nation’s main left-wing party, the Social Democrats of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, into opposition after 11 years as part of the government. It was the party’s worst parliamentary election result since World War II.
While the United States government seeks more socialist policies, virtually every other industrialized nation continues to move to the right in search of more capitalism to grow their economies. Good news for them, bad new for us…. until 2010 anyway.
Unlike the American two party system, most European parliaments they have many political parties with representation. The multi patry system forces coalition governments. In Germany the “Grand coalition” between the largest center-right and center-left parties has been replaces with a “Center-right coalition” excluding all parties on the left.
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The three main parties in the coalition are the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Free Democrats (FDP). The first two are similar two our Republican Party and combined for 34% of the vote while the FDP is more libertarian and received on 15% of the vote.
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