History UsefulNotes / PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany

13th Oct '14 1:51:23 PM zmv
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* FDP- (Freie Demokratische Partei-Free Democratic Party- yellow), a liberal party (folks from the USA and Canada should read that as "libertarian") and coalition partners to the CDU/CSU. Occasionally, also to the SPD. In some lands even including the Greens. ** Did not make it into the Bundestag in the 2013 elections.

* FDP- (Freie Demokratische Partei-Free Democratic Party- yellow), a liberal party (folks from the USA and Canada should read that as "libertarian") and coalition partners to the CDU/CSU. Occasionally, also to the SPD. In some lands even including the Greens. ** Did not make it into the Bundestag in Was hit quite hard by scandals involving Jürgen Trittin during the 2013 elections.elections and are now the smallest party in the Bundestag.

* FDP- FDP (Freie Demokratische Partei-Free Democratic Party- yellow), a liberal party (folks from the USA and Canada should read that as "libertarian") and coalition partners to the CDU/CSU. Occasionally, also to the SPD. In some lands even including the Greens. ** Did not make it into the Bundestag in the 2013 elections.elections for the first time in its history. * AfD (Alternative für Deutschland - Alternative for Germany - blue), an eurosceptical party created in early 2013, run by Bernd Lucke. Infamous for harboring some lunatics and is often considered by the German media as right of the Union. It is often pointed as the reason the FDP is no longer in parliament. ** Did not make it into the Bundestag in the 2013 elections, with comparable results to the FDP. * Piraten (Piratenpartei - Pirate Party - orange), a pirate party. They have been stuck at 2% in elections after much hype between the 2009 and 2013 elections. Unfortunately, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the very transparent nature of the party]] led to very publicized internal fights [[HypeBacklash which shook their image in Germany.]] ** Did not make it into the Bundestag in the 2013 elections. * NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands - German National Democratic Party - black, red and yellow) is a far-right party, and is considered to be the most significant post-war neo-Nazi organization. They are particularly strong in the East, often entering state parliaments. After what looked like a small resurgence in the 2009 elections, they were deserted in the 2013. It is postulated in the media that they lost a large amount of votes to the Alternative. ** Did not make it into the Bundestag in the 2013 elections.

The Piratenpartei (Pirate Party, orange colour) got 2% in the recent federal election and is the biggest party not in the parliament - it's not yet clear whether they'll stay around for longer. It got in the recent election of Berlin's state diet 9% which makes it the first state diet they can enter.
13th Oct '14 1:34:38 PM zmv
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just doing some updating
* SPD (Red): Social-Democrat party. Once a real left party, they gradually scrapped the Socialist ideas (as did Labour in Britain under Tony Blair). Three chancellors were in the SPD so far: Willy Brandt (made the famous Ostverträge - treaties with the East and also commissioned the Brandt Report on the North-South divide), Helmut Schmidt, and Gerhard Schröder (cigar-smoking "Genosse der Bosse" - "comrade of the bosses"). Currently the main opposition.
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** Is currently leading the government in a coalition with SPD. * SPD (Red): Social-Democrat party. Once a real left party, they gradually scrapped the Socialist ideas (as did Labour in Britain under Tony Blair). Three chancellors were in the SPD so far: Willy Brandt (made the famous Ostverträge - treaties with the East and also commissioned the Brandt Report on the North-South divide), Helmut Schmidt, and Gerhard Schröder (cigar-smoking "Genosse der Bosse" - "comrade of the bosses"). Currently bosses"). ** Is currently in a coalition with the main opposition.Union.

* SPD (Red): Social-Democrat party. Once a real left party, they gradually scrapped ** Did not make it into the Socialist ideas (as did Labour in Britain under Tony Blair). Three chancellors were Bundestag in the SPD so far: Willy Brandt (made the famous Ostverträge - treaties with the East and also commissioned the Brandt Report on the North-South divide), Helmut Schmidt, and Gerhard Schröder (cigar-smoking "Genosse der Bosse" - "comrade of the bosses"). Currently the main opposition.2013 elections.

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** Largest opposition party at the moment, with a couple more seats than the Greens.
8th Dec '13 7:10:31 AM htilden42
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The 2013 election in some ways was a reversal of 2009. Both the SPD and CDU/CSU gained seats at the expense of the Greens, the Left, and the FPD. Indeed, the CDU were only 5 seats short of an absolute majority. Their traditional coalition partners, the FDP, did not even clear the 5% threshold needed to get seats and thus received no seats in the Federal Parliament. Although the SPD gained 47 seats, their likely coalition partner, the Greens, lost seats so a Red/Green coalition wouldn't have enough seats. As of December 2013 coalition negotiations are still ongoing, but it's likely there will be another CDU/SPD grand coalition with Merkel as Chancellor.
6th Jul '12 6:43:35 AM Lock
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6th Jul '12 6:23:09 AM Telcontar
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24th Jan '12 4:48:05 PM Ramidel
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The 2005 election, called after Schröder arranged to deliberately lose a vote of confidence, a controversial act the German Constitutional Court looked at and accepted, resulted in neither the "Black-Yellow" (Union/FDP) or "Red-Green" (SPD/Green) having a majority. With PDS/The Left refusing to play with anyone (or the other way round), the FDP not interested in a "Traffic-Light Coalition" and the Greens not happy about a "Jamaica Coalition" (Union-FDP-Green, their colours are those of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} Jamaican]] flag), the only option was a Grand Coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD. Merkel became ''Bundeskanzlerin''. Schröder left the scene.
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The 2005 election, called after Schröder arranged to deliberately lose a vote of confidence, a controversial act the German Constitutional Court looked at and accepted, resulted in neither the "Black-Yellow" (Union/FDP) or "Red-Green" (SPD/Green) having a majority. With PDS/The Left refusing to play with anyone (or the other way round), the FDP not interested in a "Traffic-Light Coalition" (SPD/FDP/Green, or Red-Yellow-Green) and the Greens not happy about a "Jamaica Coalition" (Union-FDP-Green, their colours are those of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} Jamaican]] flag), the only option was a Grand Coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD. Merkel became ''Bundeskanzlerin''. Schröder left the scene.
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