Angela, Gerhard or Bozo?
"Americans take heart: the United States is apparently not the only major western democracy unable to pull off an election. Germany's vote on Sunday has been a disaster from the get-go," says commentator Marc Young of Deutsche-Welle.
The problem is that Germany's left-leaning majority can't decide how to revive Europe's largest economy. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder tried moderate reform of the country's social welfare state to stimulate job growth. He lost voters to the new Left Party that opposes any kind of reduction in state benefits.
Conservative Angela Merkel tried to have it both ways, engaging in fear-mongering over Schroeder's alleged plans to cut social spending while listening to an economic adviser who favored the kind of flat-tax scheme that right-wingers can't sell in the more conservative United States. The Christian Democratic candidate got tagged as an advocate of "social coldness" and lost conservative voters to a pro-business party to her right. Who will run the country is still anybody's guess. The loser was Germany, says Spiegel Online.
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