Angela Merkel has claimed victory in the national elections in Germany that took place today. Her victory is enhanced by the fact that center-right parties won the elections overall, giving Merkel the opportunity to form a center-right government that is business friendly.

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Angela Merkel Wins!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won re-election in the German national elections today. She claimed victory with 34% of the vote for her Christian Democratic Union (DCU) party and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) party. Both are conservative parties. The classically liberal Free Democrats (FDP) won 15 percent of the votes. The three top, more conservative, parties won a solid 49% of the vote.

This result gives Merkel the votes she needs to form her government with the more center-right political parties as opposed to having to attempt to govern with the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) as she has had to do during her first term as Chancellor. That ‘grand coalition’ can be replaced with the center-right coalition of the DCU/CSU and FDP parties.

This is the first time since World War II that the leftist SPD party has done so poorly in an election, winning just 23.5 percent of the vote.

It seems that the Germans have stated pretty clearly that they will not be intimidated by the threats from al-Qaeda and the Taliban as Spain was in 2004. I think that means that the terrorists lose in Germany.

Merkel has been popular because of her stable, calm governance of the economic situation. During the election, she appealed to the German people to not take a chance by changing horses in mid-stream (so to speak). She also appealed to them to allow her to govern with the center-right, business friendly FDP, who have been out of power since 1998. Her argument being that the country needs to cut taxes in order to revitalize Germany’s economy.

From the election results, it appears the Germans gave her a resounding vote of confidence.

One disturbing aspect of the elections is that more people voted for the smaller parties in the election, including the far left ‘Left Party’ that gained 12 percent of the vote. That will give them 80 seats in parliament under the leadership of Oskar Lafontaine (otherwise known as Red Oskar), once dubbed ‘the most dangerous man in Europe’. The ‘Left Party’ favors a return to Eastern German Socialism. Their showing in the election implies there has been a small amount of movement in that direction, but certainly not enough to override the overwhelming victory of the conservative parties.

German Election Results 2009 – Video

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