Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 07:35 UTC
In the News "Germany's upstart Pirate Party has overtaken the Greens to become the third strongest political grouping in the country, according to a new poll. The survey by Forsa for broadcaster RTL showed support for the Pirates, whose platform is based on internet freedom and more direct participation in politics, pushing up to 13 percent and outstripping the Greens for the first time." Not surprising. I have lots of close friends in Germany (especially in the former DDR), and for obvious reasons, I've noticed they tend to have a very firm grasp of concepts like privacy and government spying. The bit about six parties being a lot and troublesome for coalition building made me smile.
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Another Weimar?
by p-OS on Wed 11th Apr 2012 09:58 UTC
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Cause of the experiences in the Weimarer Republic the 5% threshold was introduced to make it easier to form coalitions for government.
According to Forsa the FDP will not be in the next federal parliament, according to other surveys however they might get over the 5% threshold. So despite having a threshold there might be up to 7 parties in the parliament after the next federal elections in 2013.
That makes forming a government really difficult.
Nonetheless an exciting development.
We will see.

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