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SPD to form minority government in Rhineland

DPA/The Local · 17 Jun 2010, 17:14

Published: 17 Jun 2010 16:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Jun 2010 17:14 GMT+02:00

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Kraft said the decision by the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) to go into the opposition meant caretaker conservative premier Jürgen Rüttgers could no longer govern the state.

She will now attempt to be elected NRW’s premier on July 13 or 14.

"Red-Green will now ensure governable conditions," said Kraft, referring to the two parties' colours.

The decision ends nearly two months of political limbo in the state after an inconclusive election left no clear coalition option.

“Now we can get to work,” said Sylvia Löhrmann, the state parliamentary leader of the Greens.

The SPD and Greens fell just one seat short of a majority in the May 9 poll, however, they were unable to forge a three-way alliance with either the socialist Left party or the FDP. Kraft also rejected forming a so-called grand coalition with the conservative Christian Democrats.

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The Social Democrat was at first reluctant to form a minority government, but the national SPD leadership exerted pressure on Kraft not to leave Rüttgers in power because it would leave Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition at the federal level with a majority in the upper house of parliament.

With Kraft governing NRW, Merkel’s government will have greater difficulty pushing through legislation that requires the approval of the Bundesrat, which represents Germany’s 16 federal states.

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18:51 June 17, 2010 by Laurence F
First you elect the socialist and radical left and they destroy the economic future of Germany. Think Greece.

Then, you elect some mediocre middle of the road politicians to fix the problem.

They try to put in economic policies that will help stem the death of the German economy. You panic and put in the same old losers, because your life consists of long vacations, early retirements, social programs, and all the "free" stuff you can get. The socialist life is so caring; you care only about yourself. Think Greece.

If, you want to free yourself from slavery and childish dependency and embrace Liberty and Freedom here is the solution:

1) Smaller government.

Reduce the size and benefits and regulations.

2) Lower taxes.

Yes, even for the rich. The rich give you jobs and pay for all your free stuff.

That was simple and it works.
20:22 June 17, 2010 by So36
Sorry to ruin your fragile world view, but the government that lied for years about Greece's finances? They were the CONSERVATIVES.
20:38 June 17, 2010 by Laurence F
Conservatives? What a laugh? What does a title mean?

Greek Conservatives in the US would be the socialist party!

We are talking about Liberty and Freedom, not some name.

We are talking about personal responsibility.

We are talking about "fiscal" conservatives.

We speak of values that have worked in the past, the present, and the future.

Most politicians have neither the courage or the integrity to follow fiscal conservatism, because too many people rather be slaves to a 5 week vacation.

Do the math. Socialism can appear to work in the short run, but in the end it will fail like the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
21:26 June 17, 2010 by So36
I see. You consider the John Birch Society centrist. The rest of the world doesn't.
21:43 June 17, 2010 by Laurence F
What does the John Birch Society have to do with fiscal responsibility?

Mr or Mrs So36; you do not understand Liberty and Freedom. You try to mix in all sorts of irrelevant factors into the equations.

Here is the equation:

Liberty = Capitalism

(not crony capitalism, not Obama capitalism, not Chinese style capitalism, which is almost identical to Nazi capitalism).

Mr. or Mrs. So36; it appears you want to continue to be a slave in exchange for your 5 week vacation. Greece is calling you or is it Spain?
08:59 June 18, 2010 by derExDeutsche
Now you can put all those New Ideas to work! When are the next elections?
11:14 June 18, 2010 by Portnoy
I love people who so wholeheartedly espouse failed ideologies. Who was it who caused this last recession? A conservative U.S. government that allowed investment banks to play with the money of savings banks and a German government that ignored what the rich banks were doing with their investments at offshore divisions (look up conduits, frank, you might learn something).

And the trickle-down economics you espouse were proven wrong in the '80s. Even Reagan admitted that. Guess you missed the memo.

Also: I get six weeks vacation and earn far above the average in Germany. I'm fine with my taxes.
17:38 June 18, 2010 by Laurence F
1. Your facts are wrong; starting with your comments about Reagan. That is a lie; he never said that "trickle-down" was wrong.

2. It was not a conservative president that caused the crisis. It was two factors:

a. A series of left wing socialist Democrats that forced banks and allowed people to get loans that they could not afford. I don't have time to give you an economic history lesson and you need one.

b. It was Obama's left wing government that believes in crony capitalism and too big to fail. He paid off his friends in the Unions and Big business. This is not the free market. This is not fiscal responsibility

3. Enjoy your high taxes and 6 week vacations; you have given up your Freedom and Liberty for this - Slave.

4. Your 6 week vacations and other socialist goodies have destroyed the future for others. You are a typical self centered socialist. Your Nation and fellow countrymen are going to suffer. You live in a fantasy world. It is all about you.

5. Free market capitalism has given the great wealth to those that did not have it; socialism has given the Soviet Union.

Enjoy your 6 weeks, while it lasts.
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