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FDP in tatters as state government falls

The Local · 6 Jan 2012, 14:45

Published: 06 Jan 2012 14:45 GMT+01:00

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Saarland’s state premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced on Friday that she is dissolving the state’s three-way coalition, between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens.

The collapse was caused by an ongoing internal strife within the local FDP, which has fatally undermined her government's stability. The move means she is effectively turfing the FDP out of her cabinet.

“The ongoing quarrels in the FDP’s parliamentary faction and the Saarland FDP can for State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer no longer be squared with the future security of the state,” a statement from her office said.

The state is only two years into its legislative period, and Kramp-Karrenbauer has only been in office since August last year, when she replaced previous state premier Peter Müller.

The coalition between the CDU, the FDP and the Greens is often called “Jamaica” in Germany, as the parties’ respective colours match the Jamaican flag – black, yellow and green. When this coalition was formed in 2009, it was the first of its kind on a state level in Germany.

But the local FDP was dealt a blow in December when its parliamentary leader defected to the CDU. The party has yet to find a new leader, despite a number of crisis summits.

The CDU is now expected to try to form a grand coalition with the centre-left Social Democratic Party.

The coalition’s collapse could hardly come at a worse time for the floundering FDP, currently at its lowest ever national poll ratings. The latest polls put the FDP at two percent – in sixth place behind the Pirate Party.

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Your comments about this article

15:13 January 6, 2012 by Wrench
SPD + Greens = Communism. The liberals have taken a position of 'if there is a problem, through more money at it.' Just as long as the money doesn't come out of their pockets.
17:45 January 6, 2012 by Englishted

So which of these "communist" parties is throwing money at the Greece,Italian,Spanish ,Irish,Portuguese, problem ?.

The piece is about the F.D.P., and the sooner this nasty (business friendly)party is democratically removed by the voters the better.
18:15 January 6, 2012 by neunElf
You speak as though being business friendly is a bad thing.

You need money to fund your welfare state, but you constantly demonize the vehicle which provides you with your funding!

Business, industry, entrepreneurs, create the wealth in a modern, western, liberal democracy, so I think it is misguided and counterproductive to demonize the people and institutions which feed your need!
17:01 January 7, 2012 by Englishted

I think being business friendly at the cost of everybody else is a bad thing.

Without state intervention in business we would still have slavery,child labour etc.

Also business is normally not a great supporter of liberal democracy as it is too much red tap.

I wish business well in 2012 and hope it can provide some real jobs and wealth for all of us.

But party is untrustworthy and has outstayed it's small welcome.
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