Sun, Sep. 18, 2005

What now?

CK - Washington.   The future of legislative projects in Germany appears clouded, at least within the first two hours of the close of polling stations in all of Germany except Dresden. In German-speaking circles in Washington, skepticism meets declarations of victory by the speakers of all major parties. The Berlin deadlock is painfully obvious.

A mirror of Gore v. Bush seems unlikely. Courts will not have to decide the outcome of this election, except possibly for the effects of the Dresden sideshow which may become decisive. At this time, the parties have no choice but to negotiate terms for working coalitions. There are several possible scenarios, in each of which major politicians will need to swallow their pride in the hope of constructing a working majority.


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