The Right Coast

September 18, 2005
 
Germany
By Mike Rappaport

The results so far suggest that the Christian Democrat coalition won a plurality, but not the majority necessary to govern. This after many years of the Social Democrats, who were far behind even two weeks ago. One reason for the result:

Reunification has had very clear political consequences for Germany. Without the eastern voters, the SPD would have clearly lost the past two elections.
For this and other insights, see this excellent site. (HT: Marginal Revolution).