Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4853 posts, RR: 20 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1466 times:
Germans: Have you already voted, will you go voting or will you stay at home?
All people: Who do you want to win ? Do you think that the PDS will make it to the parliament again?
I just came back home from voting and my "Wahllokal" (vote room?) was really crowded, I had to wait nearly 15 minutes to vote.
I want the Red-Green coalition to go on for the next 4 years. Not everything they made was good, but I think overall they were successful, and better than CDU/FDP coalition before. I doubt very much that basically the same people could do better now, they are just missing Helmut Kohl, the rest of them is back.
I think (and hope) that we'll get rid of the PDS. They are out-dated and don't realize that the DDR is gone - I like Gysi, but the rest of the party is unacceptable.
Matt86 From Germany, joined May 2001, 254 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1406 times:
Well, as I'm not 18 years old I'm not allowed to go voting. But I would the CSU by first vote and by second vote FDP or CSU. I would like not to see the PDS again. They have done so many bad things to the people of the former GDR and I don't want Germany to become communist one day.
I also can't stand the greens. It is not normal that someone who has beaten policemen in his earlier life are ruling over Germany at the moment. The SPD is at least an acceptable party for me and Schröder is a nice chancellor. But they don't want to limit immigration, our Social System is too big with too much social parasits and the SPD isn't a party that is able to boost our economy. I also want to have a party that is fighting for Germany's national interests and that is proud of Germany.
For all Germans, try a look at www.wahlomat.de
This is a nice homepage, and I think the result is very realistic.
ClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 671 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1394 times:
I'm happy as well. Red-Green represents most up-to-date and modern poilitics. This, together with all other socialdemocratic gouverments in Europe, gives Europe a modern, tolerant face, where I actually want to live!
"I really don't know one plane from the other. To me they are just marginal costs with wings."Ã¯Â¿Â½ Alfred Kahn, 1977
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 23 Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1370 times:
If the SPD get another term I wonder what German unemployment will by the end of the it?For a party that came to power promising to reduce unemployment they have done very little.Interesting to see how Schroder brought up labour market reforms so close to the elections.They are good ideas but he should have implemented them years ago.Although Stoiber rubished the ideas,I suspect he would implement them if he got into power.
Singapore_Air,what improvements have the 'lefties'we have here in Britain made?Very little.Gordon Brown came to office and was lucky to see massive tax revenues.Did he do anything himself to receive this?No,they were due to the micro-economic reforms undertaken by the Conservatives.Now,as the economy is slowing,Mr Brown has decided to raise taxes to fund overly-ambitious spending plans that won't acheive their goals(ie improvements in the NHS etc).
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 23 Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1343 times:
Economic booms and debt tend to go hand in hand-look at the US over the 90s.Also,it would be MUCH better for unemployment comparisons to use%of labour unemployed than just saying x number due to a number of factors especially in Germany's case.
The German economy needs to be more flexible as foreign competition increase.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7891 posts, RR: 13 Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1326 times:
I am with red-green, too; local candidate from SPD, 2nd vote: Greens/Alliance 90. I am pleased with the work of the green members of the government but I'm not with Riester (labour, SPD) and some others. Mrs Dauebler-Gmelin should not be part of the next government as she has gone to far with mentioning Bush and Adolf Nazi in one single line - even though she may have not compared Bush to Hitler. And Schroeder himself should show more reason of state in near future - at least if he remains to be chancellor.
Anyway, this is going to be a cliffhanger vote ...
What really makes me sad is that Mr Mueller, one of the spokesman of Greens/Alliance 90, will no longer be member of the Bundestag. This guy was brilliant. Even the fractions of CDU/CSU and FDP have regulary shown lots of respect for him. Actually, I'm very much hoping to continue hearing from him in the news ...