Posts Tagged “germany”

5 reasons not to assume the FDP wipeout in the German elections will happen here in the UK

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2013

An amazing result for Angela Merkel, increasing her vote and almost winning an absolute majority for the conservative CDU in her third election. A dire one for the liberal FDP, eliminated from the German Bundestag after failing to cross the 5% popular vote threshold – from 93 seats to 0 in one go. Ouch. Part […]

Spain turns to the right – but are the voters rejecting ‘the left’ or incumbents?

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2011

As the polls had predicted, Spain has a new government: Rajoy’s right-wing Partido Popular (PP) defeated Zapatero’s left-of-centre Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE). The only surprise was the large margin of victory, 16%, the worst defeat for Spain’s socialists in their electoral history. So yet another right-wing government takes power in a European nation. On […]