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The parties that are out of power on the national level are all opposed to the new powers - and the states in which they are coalition members have a total of 34 votes. So the bill was in deep trouble from the start.

Also, the 2 grand coalition states that opposed the measure were both East German - apparently their memories proved good enough in the end.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Fri Nov 28th, 2008 at 11:47:17 AM EST
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In all of the East German states, it was the SPD that forced the refusal to vote for the BKA law. Indeed Schäuble already blames the SPD.

However, Saxony's and Saxony-Anhalt's SPD interior ministers would agree to an "improved" version, e.g. internet searches not without prior approval by a judge. And it seems the problem is more that they want to keep their state polices in charge and fear the BKA would take too much of their turf.

Meanwhile, Schäuble proposed to change voting rules in the Bundesrat, bbasically he wants to eliminate abstaining... something even CDU colleagues like Hamburg's mayor reject.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 28th, 2008 at 04:13:44 PM EST
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Ah, turf war. Good that we can trust something.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Nov 29th, 2008 at 12:38:53 AM EST
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