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Gerhard Schroeder Wins Re-Election In Germany. In one of the closest victories in German history, and the closest since World War II, Schroeder narrowly pulled it out.
This is bad news for not only the German people, but America as well.
For Germans this is bad because in some parts of the country there is 25% unemployment, the country is facing recession due to Schroeders poor leadership and 20% want the Berlin wall back. In March Schroeder even went so far as to take the US Republican tactics from George W. Bush and use them in Germany by lowering taxes and increasing spending. This seems to have worked as it got him re-elected.
This is bad for the US because Schroeder was a firm denouncer of the Iraq war and has opened the door in the country for anti-Americanism to run rampant. This also shows us that the German people probably feel the same way.
Schroeder declared victory in front of cheering supporters at the Social Democratic Party headquarters in Berlin on Sunday night at the end of a day of polling in the general election.
Schroeder, appearing with Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer of the Greens party, the partner in his governing coalition, said: "We have hard times in front of us and we're going to make it together."
The full result will not be final until they are certified on October 9.
It was estimated that about 80 percent of Germany's 61 million voters turned out to cast their votes -- one for a local candidate and one for a party.
Some reports said the final difference between the Schroeder and Stoiber results may be less than 9,000 votes.
That's an amazing turnout! 80%, wow! The small victory margin is sure to raise speculation in the country -- as they did here -- that there may be enough errors in the voting system to cause doubt in the outcome.
Shame on you. You are quoting a CNN report from the 2002 elections!
"Some reports said the final difference between the Schroeder and Stoiber results may be less than 9,000 votes."
That was three years ago! This time it was not Stoiber, but Merkel who challenged Schroeder.
Okay, we all mistakes. It just depends on whether we admit and correct them.
Posted by: Atlantic on September 19, 2005 07:22 AM