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Nearly half of Germans want Westerwelle out

The Local · 25 Dec 2010, 12:54

Published: 25 Dec 2010 12:54 GMT+01:00

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According to the survey carried out by Emnid for the news magazine Focus, only 29 percent of Germans were against his resignation as FDP party leader.

Some 68 percent of Green party and Left party supporters think Westerwelle should go. Among supporters of the main opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD), 59 percent were in favour of the resignation.

But more worryingly for Westerwelle, more than half of supporters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the FDP's coalition partners in government, wanted him out.

Nevertheless, Westerwelle will perhaps be cheered by the fact that despite increasing criticism from influential regional leaders of his party, 77 percent of FDP voters still want him in charge.

Since reaching a popularity-high in the September 2009 federal election with more than 14 percent of the vote, the pro-business FDP have plunged to an approval rating consistently below 5 percent - the threshold for holding seats in the Bundestag under Germany's parliamentary system.

Westerwelle has been lambasted for some of his public remarks and is widely perceived as failing to push the party’s agenda within the coalition.

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16:50 December 25, 2010 by danamcmahon
The outside world appears to view Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in a good light. The newspapers haven't been able to give him a bad report, other than wikileaks revealing u.s. cables, "the thinking about staff members. The old story as I am told if it works don't break it.
17:17 December 25, 2010 by asiangirl2011
It's said that Westerwelle told lot of lies to the people
10:18 December 26, 2010 by raandy
NOt Quite danamcmahon,,"if it works don't FIX it.....
14:09 December 26, 2010 by Johnne
Germany kicking out another true potential leader just like Gerald Schroeder was kicked out :-)) I´m sure majority of citizens would prefer a zu Gutenberg or let me say Stoiber?? hmm??
01:42 January 2, 2011 by Prufrock2010
That means that more than half of the Germans still want him in. Democracys the voice of the people, and the people want Guido. Logic would tell you that Guido is best equipped to lead Germany into the 20th century because he's not a liberal.
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