May 26, 2005
— 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.
Posted by: robert at May 26, 2005 08:03 AM (vns6Y)
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)
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)
Posted by: BrewFan at May 26, 2005 08:37 AM (Byr3j)
.. 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)
Posted by: SJKevin at May 26, 2005 09:06 AM (rGBYl)
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.
Not sure who to believe.
Posted by: TheShadow at May 26, 2005 09:08 AM (1R0Ae)
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)
Posted by: Slublog at May 26, 2005 09:22 AM (VaL8O)
As for the text -- I don't speaky the language.
Posted by: TheShadow at May 26, 2005 09:31 AM (1R0Ae)
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)
Posted by: SJKevin at May 26, 2005 09:34 AM (rGBYl)
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)
Posted by: Simon Oliver Lockwood at May 26, 2005 01:54 PM (jjQhj)
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