Category Archives: Elections 2009

German Foreign Policy is Merkel

With the conclusion of the coalition negotiations last Friday in Berlin, Germans now know what the new government of Chancellor Angela Merkel will look like. (see berlinbrief of 24 October, 2009) The posts related to Foreign Policy will be distributed … Continue reading

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International Media on the New Government

Take a look at the international media reporting on the coalition deal closed between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), the Conservative sister party (CSU) of Horst Seehofer and the Free Democrats (FDP) of Guido Westerwelle at the weekend: AlJazeera.net (24 October … Continue reading

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Setting the Stage for Germany in the EU

The European Union’s institutions have entered a period of major transition. A new European Parliament was elected in June 2009. The Treaty of Lisbon that will replace the Treaty of Nice under which the European Union is currently operating will … Continue reading

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The Free Democrats’ New Foreign Policy?

In the future coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservative Party (CDU), the Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei, FDP) is likely to be asked to appoint the Foreign Minister. It is a custom in Germany’s politics of coalition-building that the … Continue reading

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Outsiders’ Inside View on the Elections

There were some busy days in Berlin, prior to the election last Sunday. Not only did the parties and candidates accelerate their attempts to mobilize the undecided voters. Berlin was also full of foreign election observers. There are the OSCE election observers … Continue reading

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Quick Guide to Germany’s General Elections

Germany is holding a general election on Sunday 27th, 2009. Things might well stay as they are, i.e. another four years of a grand coalition under Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) with her challenger, … Continue reading

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Merkel vs Steinmeier; Merkel and Steinmeier

The good news for those who want to take a break from election campaigns: Germany won’t be making a big splash. Less than two weeks before election day on 27 September it is quite possible to find campaign-free zones, even … Continue reading

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German Troops in Afghanistan

Discussing politics in August?! A waste of time, you might think. Well, the Germans will vote a new government into office on 27 September 2009. I should be lucky to find some foreign policy life in Berlin’s hottest month of … Continue reading

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