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FDP wallows at record low despite shakeup

The Local · 27 Jul 2011, 10:28

Published: 27 Jul 2011 10:28 GMT+02:00

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The Stern and RTL poll shows Rösler’s leadership has so far barely made a dent in Germany’s tepid feelings toward the party.

The party achieved great success in the 2009 federal elections, achieving 14.8 percent of the vote under Guido Westerwelle. But Westerwelle was forced from his leadership position in May after Germans’ support waned.

He has become one of the most unpopular politicians in Germany, with only 28 percent of voters saying he’s doing his job well, according to the poll.

In contrast, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) improved one point over last week to 33 percent while the Social Democratic Party (SPD) also gained a point to 25 percent.

In one bright piece of news for the party, Rösler, who is also Economy Minister, has won praise for his plan to shore up faltering Greece by promoting more investment. The respected Cologne Institute for Economic Research lauded the plan as a ''win-win'' for Germany and Greece.

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14:41 July 27, 2011 by vonSchwerin
If the FDP wants to remain relevant -- and there is a place for it in the political spectrum -- it had better 1) end its image as a party for yuppie carrerist politicians and 2) come up with a more compelling political programme. It can't always be about taxes.
02:32 July 28, 2011 by neunElf
That's right let them give up on the lower taxes, then we will have a government made up of politicians whose one area of agreement is, THAT WE SHOULD ALL PAY MORE TAXES!

That's really sensible, when you consider the fact, that when government grows, wealth declines! That's Greece's problem in a nutshell!

FDP has a good manifesto, but terrible leadership.

Rosler is an answer in search of a question.
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