German Grand Coalition Breaking Up Already
I never did give the German Grand Right-Left Coalition much of chance. It seems that I'm probably not too far from being right (excuse the pun). The Left has placed a dozen knives in the back of its leader-elect:
Muentefering quit (from SPD leadership) after the party executive rejected his candidate for the post of SPD secretary general...In any case, Muentefering would be greatly weakened in any cabinet after being the victim of what analysts called a "putsch" by his own troops.And the Right is backing away:
"Stoiber (CSU Leader) is waving a white flag and Merkel (CDU Leader and Chancellor elect) is giving up almost all of her principles."N-TV is reporting that Michael Glos (CSU) is firming as favourite to take Stoiber's place. Extraordinary stuff. 10 plus percent unemployment rate, stagnant economic activity and archaic tax and labour laws, and the politicians can't seem to get it right (excuse the pun). Serves the German people right for electing in such a dumb way.
[UPDATE: The BBC effectively has an english translation of the N-TV piece.]