May 26, 2005

Schroeder Engineers Dubious Snap-Elections in the Fatherland
— Ace

Several days old, but I never got around to posting it.

Long story short: facing an embarassing defeat in Westphalia and general discontent about Germany's ailing economy, Schroeder engineered quickie early elections by deliberately getting a vote of no confidence from the Parliament (the requirement for early elections). He had his own people vote "no confidence" in order to allow him to call for early elections.

Which raises the question: why didn't the opposition vote "confidence" to forestall this? I guess they were taken by surprise, or else really want a chance to take Schroeder down when he's wounded.

But obviously Schroeder figures this is his best chance to cling to power.

Of course I don't follow German politics very closely, but I have formed an impression or two, and one of those impressions is that Gerhard Schroeder is a fucking douche-tool.

I hope the conservatives in Germany can get it together, double-quick, and oust this dickhead. But European conservatives often seem even less competent than the American Republican Party.

Posted by: Ace at 07:54 AM | Comments (14)
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1 The other parties are even worse. Pick your poison, the Greens or the Neo-Nazis.

Posted by: robert at May 26, 2005 08:03 AM (vns6Y)

2 Hey, look on the bright side-- the EU Constitution's about to go to seed, and of in all places, France.

That's about as oxymoronic as French perfume, or French military genius.

Hell with the euro. . . I'm buying Iraqi dinars.

Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at May 26, 2005 08:07 AM (rV7Dk)

3 The mordantly funny thing about the whole EU mess is that everyone is going to turn it down for completely contrary reasons. The French will probably turn it down because it has too much American-style capitalism at its base, and will force the French to actually work for a living. The Britains will reject it because it is too Continent-bound and too rules-bound. The Dutch hate it because it will codify their political impotence into law.

The French don't like it because it's too Anglo-Saxon. The English don't like it because it's too French. The Germans just wish their ecnomony would emerge from the dumper. And no one seems to be able to express how the 300-page "constitution" does anything more than create a huge nanny-state with no clear goal or purpose.

Posted by: Monty at May 26, 2005 08:31 AM (cB/4p)

4 Monty, good comment. How would you like to be on the EU 'Supreme Court' trying to rule on a 300 page constitution! Lol. Our Supremes can't interpret a 2 pager.

Posted by: BrewFan at May 26, 2005 08:37 AM (Byr3j)

5 It's not just a question of their competence - European conservatives are, almost to a man (and most of them, sadly, are men - their gender gap is surely wider than ours last year?), are either way, way too into the Euroborg thing to pass muster as a California conservative, let alone Dubya ..
.. or they're crypto-racist creeps. Or both. Remember, there's a reason everyone wanted to get out of Europe in the first place. What they have to conserve there, not all that great.

Who American conservatives really want to get hooked up with is the European "liberals," or "neo-liberals." Unfortunately, there aren't that many of them. There is that one super-hot French libertarian chick, though - I assume you've posted appreciations of her in the past, Lemmy?

Posted by: Knemon at May 26, 2005 08:46 AM (QaHR7)

6 European "conservatives" are usually ultra-nationalistic populists. They have very little in common with American conservatives.

Posted by: SJKevin at May 26, 2005 09:06 AM (rGBYl)

7 Regarding the EU vote, there are reports stating that if the French vote "Non" -- they will simply be asked to vote again. You see, the leftists don't believe that you know what you want. So, they will just keep asking for a vote until the "correct" outcome is achieved.

Much like some of our vote recounts...

Note: There are conflicting reports whether the re-vote will occur. But, I tend to be pessimistically optimistic that the French elite will attempt to shove the EU down the public's throat.

The Telegraph

Not sure who to believe.

Posted by: TheShadow at May 26, 2005 09:08 AM (1R0Ae)

8 Not if Sabine Herold has anything to say about it.

For the record, this is the "super-hot French libertarian chick" that Knemon was talking about.

Posted by: Slublog at May 26, 2005 09:21 AM (VaL8O)

9 Darn my crappy HTML skills.

Try this link instead.

Posted by: Slublog at May 26, 2005 09:22 AM (VaL8O)

10 Yes, yes. I see what you mean: She is hot.

As for the text -- I don't speaky the language.

Posted by: TheShadow at May 26, 2005 09:31 AM (1R0Ae)

11 I think TheShadow's pretty much got it right: If the EU gets a wrong response from the voters on their constitution, they'll simpy vote again. And again, if necessary. Also, after similar referenda on Maastricht and currency union, the Brussels sprouts have adopted a policy of multi-tracking, where member countries don't have to adopt every aspect of the Union at the same time. I believe the technical term is "ordering a la carte."

Speaking of which, I'm going to start reviewing my French if France has libertarians that look like Mlle. Herrold. That jeune fille definitely qualifies as a Democracy Babe.

Posted by: utron at May 26, 2005 09:33 AM (VVBQC)

12 The French, to their credit, use the world "liberal" correctly. For us, "liberal" usually means leftist (which makes no sense). For the French, it means something like libertarian.

Posted by: SJKevin at May 26, 2005 09:34 AM (rGBYl)

13 It gets even better.

Her political heroine? Margaret Thatcher.

The guys at Powerline did a piece on her, with picture, a couple of years ago.

Safe to say I've got a crush.

Posted by: Slublog at May 26, 2005 09:48 AM (VaL8O)

14 I wouldn't be surprised if the French import some vote counters from Washington State. What is the French for tin foil?

Posted by: Simon Oliver Lockwood at May 26, 2005 01:54 PM (jjQhj)

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