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The FDP was almost completely shut out of local elections in the section of Niedersachsen surrounding Bremen yesterday, in some cases with as low as 2%

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by eurogreen on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 11:20:00 AM EST
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the Greens are the (stealthy, secret, backdoor, ulterior; from heimlich) Winner

Regional Results Here (note: the white in the middle is Bremen, and only the region is shown, not all of Niedersachsen.

The CDU had the most with 37%, losing 4.3%. SPD had 34.9%, minus 1.7% Greens nearly doubled to 14.3% in this conservative part of the country. But key is the loss to the FDP, now at 3.4% down from 6.7%.

Remember, this is only for local governments, so in some cases the national party may not play the most important role.

Loved this quote: "FDP regional deputy leader Hans-Heinrich Sander, said his party was after their massive defeat in a deep crisis. The negative sentiment about the federal party had "broken through even in the flat lands"."

Participation was only 52.5%, a touch higher than five years ago.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 11:55:48 AM EST
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One of the most interesting results is that the SPD took away the mayorship in VW city Wolfsburg from the CDU after 10 years.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:07:04 PM EST
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I can't find that news in any English-language source, not DW, not The Local, nowhere.

This is a change of majority, presumably : CDU/FDP replaced by SPD/Grunen?


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:11:26 PM EST
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Really? Are you saying that ET is not a news source. or that it isn't in English?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:28:42 PM EST
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I had just spent ten minutes or so trawling the internets for the information, came back empty-handed and found the news here.

If I had waited a few more minutes, I suppose Google would have brought me here.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:35:53 PM EST
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It did make it to the Washington Times with the title "Merkel surviving German voting despite setbacks". How long will in take until 3% for the FDP becomes "survival"?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:52:02 PM EST
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Somewhat allied question, How long before Die Linke cannot be kept out of government?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:54:11 PM EST
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Though that article is referring to last week's Mecklenburg-Vorpommern disaster, which was a Landtag vote.

and to AT, Die Linke is in some disarray, and not looking able to capitalize on the current situation. With exceptions.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 01:12:38 PM EST
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You're right. I assumed that the date of the newspaper was the date of the news...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 01:19:49 PM EST
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No, if i read your question correctly. These are all local elections, with the totals i gave being the aggregate. So in some places the guard changed, but the CDU still had the most aggregate votes.

What's important is the aggregate ascendency of the Greens, the well-earned descent and despondence of the yellow FDP, and the ability of the Pirates to have 18 seats in various locals.

Then again, as a prediction of the future, Red-Green is looking exceptionally strong, nearing 50% together. (for the State elections in two years.)

So then, yes, to the other side of your question.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:33:58 PM EST
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Thank you. I had understood that these were both local elections and Landtag elections. So it was a stupid question.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:40:21 PM EST
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Crazy Horse:
and the ability of the Pirates to have 18 seats in various locals

I count more then 18 here:

Piratenpartei Niedersachsen | Klarmachen zum Ändern! : Kommunalwahl 2011

Ergebnisse der KWNDS11

Actually, Piraten had already summed it up in Piratenwiki

Mandate in Landtagen und Kommunalen Parlamenten
Niedersachsen   voraussichtlich ca. 59

Which more then doubles the total local seats of Piratenpartei Deutschland. Now Sunday's state election in Berlin will be very interesting, I've heard they've polled above the 5% limit there.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 03:34:20 PM EST
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Sorry, i must have only had our region up on the screen at the time. That was 18, in the Kommune surrounding Bremen from Oldenburg to Cuxhaven.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Sep 12th, 2011 at 04:16:44 PM EST
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Around 1% statewide. Quite astonishing, if you consider its a local election and that they didn#t put candidates in every county.
by IM on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 09:42:33 AM EST
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I could write a lot about it, being involved and all. But since we are talking abuot local elections, it is not really that interesting.

And the trend was the usual: SPD crumbling, CDU crumbling more, Greens surging, FDP vanishing, Linke inconclusive.

State elections in Berlin will this weekend will tell us a bit more.

by IM on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 09:48:39 AM EST
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I could write a lot about it, being involved and all. But since we are talking abuot local elections, it is not really that interesting.

How involved and "why not really that interesting"? "All politics is local."

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 10:26:51 AM EST
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A minor election campaign (mayor) and a nominal candidate (council).

Yes, all politics are local. But in say, Goslar they imported a mayor from Bavaria, member of the CSU, who defaeted a SDP/Grüne/FDP candidate handily. That is nice story, but it don't really tells us much about the general political mood in Germany.

by IM on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 10:34:59 AM EST
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Cities are the Research and Development laboratories of the future.  Only cities have the population, infra-structure, and wealth - as well as the tolerance - to support the Creative Class (here and here) from which new solutions will arise.

Which puts DoDo's post a couple of days ago Berlin's Gentrification Row: Locals Rage Against Rising Rents:

Berlin's Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts were once known for cheap rents and diversity. But their edgy urban charm has attracted both affluent residents and international investors, jacking up rents in the process. Now long-time locals are fighting to keep their flats.

Above the gritty caverns and stale air of the Hermannplatz subway station, thousands of Berliners came together last Saturday in the city's Neukölln district in a gesture of solidarity. Middle-aged parents pushed baby strollers alongside leather-clad adolescents with colorful hair, protesting what they all see as the systematic displacement of the city's lower (and even middle) class residents.

critically (IMO) important.  It is these neighborhoods that are the attractors of and for the Creative Class meaning they are the potential incubators of 'What's Next.'  Destroying these neighborhoods eliminates the  social wealth of networks, contacts, meeting places, small businesses, etc. where, eventually, the CC, over time, creates the vibrancy underpinning for economic development.  

Regional and State authorities are spending millions to artificially create a Silicon Valley¹ while the city government of Berlin is busily destroying one!  

This doesn't make a whole lot of sense, putting it mildly.  

The only way to stop this nonsense is for people to get active in local politics and change things around.

Thus, the upcoming Berlin city election is important.

¹  Which emerged spontaneously by the exact process I described in the above paragraph

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 11:43:53 AM EST
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Well, yes, But I am living in a depopulating town. And in the whole of Lower Saxony there are about two cities,Hanover and Brunswick. I don't really think Salzgitter or Goslar or Oldenburg or even Wolfsburg is a laboratory of the future.
by IM on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 12:03:24 PM EST
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Well ... they could be.  

A quick look at the list of towns you gave allows me to suggest Oldenburg looks like a possibility.  The Carl von Ossietzky University, according to Wikipedia "specializes in cross-disciplinary studies" with a 18,000, or so, student body both of which are Good Things.  The town has a population of ~160,000 meaning there is enough people to support "off-beat, odd ball" ventures.  Close to Bremen so ventures based in Oldenburg can use some of its infrastructure, e.g., the airport, as well as having the potential to attract customers from Bremen, or expand into the city 'on the cheap,' and could also be a source of financing for business expansion.  (?) The plaza in front of the Oldenburg castle could be used as an inexpensive venue for a town market - if it isn't already used as such - for local businesses, offering a wide range of products (and services?) to bring-in people from Bremen.  The port can be leveraged in a couple of different ways as well.

The necessary condition for this is an Oldenburg city government that doesn't have its head up its bum.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 12:43:43 PM EST
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Financialization eats creative classes for breakfast. I suspect that is what is driving the destruction of the Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts. But the process is either facilitated or impeded by city governments. The cities like development fees, building fees, etc., but it might be nice if they gave some consideration to the long term impact of what they are permitting. But that flies in the fact of dogma that says "markets know best" and that economics is an autonomous sphere upon which evil government must not encroach.  The Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts of Berlin need candidates that will point all of this out, oppose the development and expose the real agendas (I suppose to be) at work.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 01:45:00 PM EST
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Financialization eats creative classes for breakfast.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Sep 14th, 2011 at 02:38:08 PM EST
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