Today is the Day: Battle for the Bundestag


bundestag 2009.jpg(photo courtesy of the Battle for the Bundestag 2009 Blog of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies)
Voting started this morning in Germany, and polls will close at noon EST and 6:00 pm in Berlin.
Georgetown’s Eric Langenbacher has been doing some of the most fun, often riveting blogging at the German Elections Blog of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.
There may be other good blogs out there covering — but I’ll leave those to commenters to suggest.
A couple of things I am interested in today is how far the Social Democrats have fallen in the sympthies of Germans; whether or not the CDU under Angela Merkel can put together a government with the liberal (in a European sense) Free Democrats — making party leader Guido Westerwelle the next likely German Foreign Minister; and whether Green Party Cem Oezdemir wins a direct vote seat — which would be historic.
I’ll be watching results today courtesy of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Washington.
More soon.
— Steve Clemons


One comment on “Today is the Day: Battle for the Bundestag

  1. Danilo says:

    Looks like the conservatives got it! So Guido will finally become foreign minister (not bad for his first ‘real’ policy job)! I do expect the NAF to host his first speech in DC. Must be fun at the KAS this afternoon…


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