Results from the German Elections

Monday, September 28, 2009

We'll look at the results of yesterday’s federal elections in Germany with John Peet, European editor for the Economist. Find out what the major issues in the campaign were, what role the economy played in the campaign, and who ran to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel. Plus, a look at what Merkel said at last week’s United Nations General Assembly and the G20 summit – just days before the elections.


John Peet

Comments [5]

Horst Blahblub from Germany

Dear Leonard,

thanks for taking up the topic of the German elections. It was very interesting to hear about it in such length from an outside perspective.
There were little inaccuracies, but none too grave. Just one thing I'd like to clarify: The story about the German-ordered air strike that caused the civilian deaths was in fact front page news everywhere in Germany (tabloids, papers, tv etc) frequently for at least a week. Yet the details were so complicated and still subject to several investigations that it probably didn't affect the election much.
There's certainly neither ignorance nor any kind of "bring it on" mentality here.

@hjs: The Social Democrats lost ~800k votes to each of the major competing parties, but the greatest problem was that about 1.8 million of their regular voters stayed home this time.

Sep. 28 2009 01:45 PM
Richard J from Upper West Side

Is that eccentric pronunciation of "sluggard" for the benefit of us less-literate Colonials?

Sep. 28 2009 01:31 PM
hjs from 11211

did the left party and the greens take votes from the social democrats?

Sep. 28 2009 01:10 PM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

How are the German election results different from (or similar to)their fellow Western European's recent election outcomes? how does this affect both the region and the EU?

Sep. 28 2009 09:17 AM
George from Bay Ridge

How has the recent air strike in Afghanistan which killed a number of civilians affected the debate?

What is the future for the opposition SPD party and others?

Sep. 28 2009 04:07 AM

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