Monday, September 17, 2012

North Rhine-Westphalia elected SPD-Greens on the outcome considered a rejection of austerity measures at the local level

voters the most populous state of Germany gave a landslide victory in Sunday Lefton center, dealing a blow to Merkel's conservatives in what was interpreted as a reaction against austerity drive European Foreign Minister.


Sunday evening in North Rhine-Westphalia election showed Hannelore Kraft, who led the center-left condition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in a coalition with the Greens, had beaten deep the Christian Democrats (CDU) Norbert Röttgen rival, Minister Merkel environment.

The SPD won 39% of votes and 26% of the CDU in what was the worst result in the state by the Conservatives since 1949. The Greens 12%, ensuring a coalition with the SPD would result in a majority of 10 seats in the state parliament. The Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) coalition partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, was 8.5% of the vote.

The upstart Pirate Party, whose platform is based on increased openness in government through technology celebrated their fourth successive entry in a regional parliament after the vote by 7.5% .

income in North Rhine-Westphalia is regarded as setting the tone for the federal election next year. The state of 18 million people, it is bigger than some EU countries, such as Greece, whose dangerous economic situation in Germany and the approach has often been the target of the campaign. It gives a clear impetus to Merkel and the SPD, which remains the most popular politician in Germany after seven years in power, in a politically unstable terrain.

During the campaign, local politicians have also attracted intense national debate, calling for an end to the system in which Western countries have sent tens of thousands of dollars in transfer payments to the ex- Communist east, claiming more than 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, was now an unfair burden on them.

words now undoubtedly haunt him and his party, Röttgen even argued that the outcome of the election was a referendum on the European debt situation Merkel and whether your "Of course Europe is strengthened or weakened by the election of a pro-government debt in Germany." States provoked much criticism from other CDU leaders.

But some pollsters said that the rejection of fiscal discipline in the country does not mean that the Germans were likely to change their support for Angela Merkel's insistence on austerity in Europe. It was called "a case for austerity, but not in my backyard".

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