Archive for May 10th, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Northrhine-Westphalia: New Premier, maybe

Jürgen Rüttgers

No, Prime Minister

It seems that potential Chinese investors who plan to travel to Bonn, Cologne, Duisburg or Düsseldorf can put their minds at ease soon. Jürgen Rüttgers, the incumbent prime minister of Northrhine-Westphalia, might no longer be there to choke them if they ask too many questions.

That said, the SPD’s (social democrats) candidate for premiership, Hannelore Kraft, will need to find a majority of her own in the federal state’s newly-elected parliament, and she may have to avoid a coalition with the CDU, if she herself wants to head the next government. In a grand coalition – the CDU (Rüttger’s christian democrats) won some 6,000 or 7,000 votes more than the social dems and may therefore count as the biggest party in the federal state’s parliament, even with their numbers of seats in parliament evenly matched – the strongest party in a coalition usually provides the head of the government, elected by the members of parliament.

That said, if the CDU concedes the premiership to Kraft anyway, she might find the option of a grand coalition more attractive than a coalition with the Greens (no problem) and the “Left” Party (big problem).

It’s too early to tell which parties will form a coalition. But it will, in all likelihood, be a coalition without Rüttgers, who liked to present himself as a labor leader.

Which looked like a fake from the beginning, but especially in the light of this story.

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Related
“The Strategy of Doing Nothing has failed”, Voice of Germany, May 10, 2010

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