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The upper house of the federal parliament, that is.

The Bundesrat is composed of representatives of the state governments. That is, if there is a coalition government in a state, the state's representatives will have to represent all coalition parties, which means abstaining in case of conflict.

It's not CDU but CDU/CSU+FDP that is losing a majority: with the representatives of states with CDU+SPD, CDU+Greens and CDU+FDP+Greens governments, the CDU/CSU will continue to influence the vote of a big majority in the Bundesrat, regardless of what coalition forms in NRW now.

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

by DoDo on Sun May 9th, 2010 at 02:44:13 PM EST
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Upps, your right, my mistake I meant the upperHouse and federal just couldn't think of the english words. :-(
by Fran on Sun May 9th, 2010 at 02:48:01 PM EST
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