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22:00 from DW:

A total of 730 seats (!) in the Bundestag:

CDU/CSU: 195
SPD:     205
Afd:      84
FDP:      91
Linke:    40
Greens:  115

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Sep 26th, 2021 at 08:16:24 PM EST
The Irish Times is reporting that Die Linke have secured only 4.9% of the vote and will only have three directly elected MPs in the new parliament, - although I suppose the postal vote could still change that.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 08:22:51 AM EST
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German sources - like DW above - is still reporting 39 seats and 4.9%.

Could it be that because they got 5.0% of the direct votes they still pass the hurdle?

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 09:04:56 AM EST
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The hurdle is 5% OR 3 seats, so they're in.

(In NZ, its 5% or 1 seat).

by IdiotSavant on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 09:20:30 AM EST
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Irish Times is also reportng that:

The centre-right party leader Armin Laschet insisted after polls closed that he can still be chancellor in a "future alliance" with the FDP and Greens.

This is interesting as it is within the rules, but not within the norms. If he insists that is the case, a GroKo becomes less liekly and FDP+Greens could play out the two big ones against each other (assuming the FDP and Greens realise this and can agree between each other). Another way this can go is that internal enemies of Laschet uses it as cause to depose him.

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 09:21:12 AM EST
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Greens and FDP have already agreed to begin talks on their own.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 11:23:44 AM EST
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What interests do Greens and FDP share?
by Cat on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 07:50:26 PM EST
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Not a lot, according to DW:

The basic perception is that the FDP and the Greens have similar voters (young, urban, well-educated) and much in common in social policy, but are a long way apart on economic policy.

That at least was the conclusion of a Berlin Social Science Center's (WZB) analysis of the parties' manifestoes: The Greens and the FDP both have broadly progressive ideas about socio-cultural issues like gender and racial equality and human rights, but lean different ways on economic solutions to social problems. 

And, well, that's about it.

More than that, they could hardly be further apart on what surveys said was the biggest issue in this election campaign: The climate crisis. 

The FDP has the least ambitious climate target of all the major German parties -- committing only to get the country carbon neutral by 2050, via emission trading schemes, while the Green party wants Germany to be carbon neutral by 2041, and wants to shut down Germany's remaining coal power stations by 2030, eight years ahead of the country's current target.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Sep 27th, 2021 at 08:54:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Sep 28th, 2021 at 01:42:04 AM EST
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Politico.eu | Mystery solved!
1. Civil rights and national security
2. Education and digitalization
3. European and foreign policy
4. Climate
by Cat on Fri Oct 1st, 2021 at 12:05:46 AM EST
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