Some interesting German polling

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There has been some interesting polls done in Germany in the last few days. With important state elections coming up in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia and the Federal Elections next year. The first poll released on the 8th April by TNS Emnid show the following:

  • CDU/CSU 36%
  • SPD 26%
  • Green 13%
  • FDP 4%
  • Die Linke 7%
  • Pirate 10%
  • Others 4%

The second poll is by Forsa for RTL and had the following

  • CDU/CSU 36%
  • SPD 24%
  • Green 11%
  • FDP 5%
  • Die Linke 8%
  • Pirate 13%
  • Others 3%

The polls show that the Pirate Party are seriously challenging for the largest third party in Germany. After strong results in recent elections, the Pirate Party could be the king makers in the next Parliament as they will clearly breach the 5% vote threshold. The Greens look set to be pushed back to 4th while the FDP look set to survive into the next Parliament as they seem to be just around the 5% threshold.

While most commentators expect the next German Government to be a grand coalition of the CDU/CSU and SPD, this could change things if the trend continues this way.

German Politics: North Rhine-Westphalia

Right its time I went back to talking about German Politics. So heres the story here in NRW, where I currently live.

North Rhine-Westphalia (German: Nordrhein-Westfalen, usually shortened to NRW) is the westernmost and in terms of population and economic output the largest Federal State of Germany. North Rhine-Westphalia has over 18 million inhabitants, contributes about 22% of Germany’s gross domestic product and comprises a land area of 34,083 km² (13,158 square miles). North Rhine-Westphalia is situated in the Western part of Germany and shares borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. It has borders with the German states of Lower Saxony to the North and Northeast, Rhineland-Palatinate to the Southwest and Hesse to the Southeast.

The capital city is Düsseldorf. The largest city is Cologne (Köln). Other major cities are Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Aachen, Bielefeld, Bonn, Bochum, Münster, Paderborn, Gelsenkirchen and Wuppertal.

Jürgen Rüttgers (CDU) is the current Ministerpräsident and has been since 2005. The seats in the state house are as follows:

* Social Democratic Party (SPD) 74 (-28)
* Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 89 (+1)
* Free Democratic Party (FDP) 12 (-12)
* Alliance ’90/The Greens 12 (-5)

Now I know the numbers + and – dont add up, that is because in 2005 they lowered the number of seats in the house to 187. The State government is a CDU/FDP coalition.

Thats all there is really about the politcis of NRW