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  Encyclopedia: States of Germany
Germany is a federal republic made up of 16 states, known in German as Länder (transliterated as laender in English, singular Land).
The Bundesrat (federal council) is the representation of the 16 Germany at the federal level.
Germany is a federation of 16 states called Länder (singular Land) or Bundesländer (singular Bundesland).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/States-of-Germany   (1151 words)

 Politics of Germany - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The last election was held on September 18, 2005, the new (16th) Bundestag is due to convene by mid-October.
Liberals, Greens, conservatives and the far left were the winners of the European election in Germany, because voters were disillusioned by high unemployment and cuts in social security, while the governing SPD party seems to be concerned with quarrels between the party wings and unable to give any clear direction.
Half an hour after the election results, the SPD chairman Franz Müntefering announced that the chancellor would clear the way for premature federal elections by the means of a purposely lost vote of confidence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_Germany   (2812 words)

 Chancellor of Germany
In the 1871 German Empire, the Reichskanzler served both as the Kaiser's first minister, and as presiding officer of the Bundesrat, the upper chamber of the Imperial German parliament.
Germany's 1949 constitution, the Grundgesetz (Basic Law), invests the chancellor, now called Bundeskanzler, with central executive authority.
Every four years, after national elections and the seating of the newly elected Bundestag members, the chancellor is elected by a majority of the members of the Bundestag upon the proposal of the Bundespräsident.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/c/ch/chancellor_of_germany.html   (997 words)

 general elections in germany
During the election the voter has two votes to cast, one to elect a candidate from his constituency and the other to elect a party from a list of candidates on a Land-level (today Germany is divided into 16 Länder).
Germany, a country with both export and industrial power, is very much dependent on its foreign trade and was even more sensitive to the Russian and Japanese crises, the slowing of the American economy (10% of Germany’s exports are to the States) and even the instability in Latin America, than its neighbours.
This election will be decisive for the future of our German neighbours and also for the EU of which Germany, the continent’s most populous country, comprises one of the historic pillars.
www.robert-schuman.org /anglais/oee/allemagne   (1916 words)

 Nazi Germany - dictatorship
Nazi Germany under the leadership of Hitler soon became a dictatorship.
Germany had fair elections; nobody had their right to vote abused; there were numerous political parties you could vote for etc.
In this sense, Nazi Germany was a nation run on fear of the government.
www.historylearningsite.co.uk /Nazi_Germany_dictatorship.htm   (1019 words)

 Local elections in Germany: dramatic loss of support for the Social Democrats
The PDS made clear that its aim in the election was to replace the previous coalition of the SPD and CDU and form a new ruling coalition with the SPD, but their hopes were dashed by the weakness of the SPD.
On the evening of the elections Clement declared that he was surprised at the extent of the losses for the social democrats.
Despite its election victories the jubilation at CDU headquarters, the Konrad Adenauer Haus, was distinctly muted.
www.wsws.org /articles/1999/sep1999/germ-s15.shtml   (1537 words)

 Germany after the elections
In seven consecutive elections, the CDU/CSU and FDP commanded between 52 and 56 percent of the vote, whereas the SPD and the Greens managed between 43 and 46 percent.
The election was a clear plebiscite against unemployment and cuts in the welfare state.
Their control of the majority of Germany's 16 state governments and many of its local administrations means they have long called the tune when it comes to implementing cuts in public service jobs and education, and carrying out the privatisation of state-owned concerns.
www.wsws.org /news/1998/oct1998/ger-o13.shtml   (2904 words)

 Socialist Party Archive - No-Choice Elections in Germany (Sept 02)
During the election campaign, Schröder went as far as saying that his government would not support a war even if it were lead by the UN.
One important phenomenon was not reflected in the election results: the growing alienation of the masses from the established parties.
The general election gain was based upon the anti-Iraq war position they adopted, an increased environmental awareness following the floods, and by the fact that many social democratic supporters gave their second vote to the Greens.
www.socialistparty.net /pub/archive/germany-nochoice.htm   (1891 words)

 Germany Info: Elections 2005
In Germany, political parties enjoy a high status and play a significant role in government and society.
With his unexpected announcement that he would seek early elections, Chancellor Schröder set in motion a complex constitutional mechanism in order to have Germans go to the polls this fall.
The Federal Republic of Germany is a parliamentary democracy.
www.germany-info.org /relaunch/info/publications/infocus/Elections_2005   (310 words)

 Elections in Germany - BigSoccer
Germany has a very complicated two-way voting system — first vote for a direct candidate, second vote for the parties, which need five percent to enter.
For this nationwide election he decided to soften his positions from usually middle-right politics to the middle and that way he became a Schröder-copy with little differences.
Only at the end of the election campaign when they realised that SPD is doing better and better in the prognostications, they started to get out some of their basical positions.
www.bigsoccer.com /forum/showthread.php?t=14767   (2226 words)

 In Defence of Marxism - After the elections: Where is Germany going?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
In spite of all respective legal doubts due to the restrictions of the German constitution, Köhler had obviously considered that by dissolving parliament and clearing the way for a snap election he could help his party to achieve an electoral triumph and be swept back into office.
Election analyses indicate that the Left Party gained one million votes from the SPD, 400,000 votes from the camp of "non-voters", i.e.
Yet after their left wing phrase mongering in the election campaign and attacks on the right wing parties, to enter such a coalition could cause trouble with parts of their rank and file and even promote a split.
www.marxist.com /after-germany-elections210905.htm   (1254 words)

 Bundestag elections drive Germany into political chaos - Pravda.Ru   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
It is noteworthy that the German parliamentary elections use the mixed system in its process: 299 deputies are elected via the states lists using a proportional system of calculation, while the other 299 seats appear from election precincts.
Germany's leading parties may establish a large coalition consisting of the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party, although Schroeder and Merkel refuse to give up the chancellor's post to each other.
Western Germany has already experienced such a situation in 1966, when a CDU candidate Kurt George Kiesinger became the German Chancellor, whereas Social Democrat Willy Brandt took the position of the Vice Chancellor and headed the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Germany.
english.pravda.ru /world/20/91/365/16156_Bundestag.html   (1147 words)

 German Election Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
"Election Year 2002" is an AICGS series regarding German federal elections.
A previous AICGS series, "Germany in the Year of Decision", provided an in-depth look at the issues that surrounded the 1998 federal elections.
The first such series was entitled Germany After the 1998 Election and dealt with that election's impact on Germany and the world.
www.aicgs.org /wahlen/index.shtml   (137 words)

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So, the elections to be held in Germany on Sunday are very important not only for the country, but also for the future of the EU because the preferences of Germany, which has the biggest population within the EU and the largest economy, will have a great impact in terms of shaping Europe.
Just five days before the elections, the main issue is that the country might be governed by a Christian Democrat-Social Democrat coalition for the first time since 1969.
The elections are also very important in terms of Turkey’s EU membership bid, its relations with the EU and the future of Turks living in Germany.
www.turkishpress.com /news.asp?id=70480   (418 words)

 Bandlink Music Forums - Elections in Germany
Election results aren't final, however, because about 3 weeks ago, a candidate in Dresden died, and the Dresden folks have to wait until Oct.2nd until they can vote because the local election committee needs time to print new voting cards, the NPD party needs time to put up a new candidate, blah blah.
But, at a guess, I would assume that, as Germany is one of the major players in the EU, any exports from Turkey would have to be offered to Germany first and foremost at a probably lowered price, bacuae of this 'partnership'.
And because Germany has such a large Turkish population, obviously, the Conservative Party (Christian Democratic Union, as they are called) is not all that popular with those people.
www.bandlink.net /forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35811   (1008 words)

 Germany HQ : German Elections
It used to be the economy; issues and party support in the 2002 election.
Results of recent and historic elections including the Weimar Republic (1919-1933),federal states elections and the last elections in the GDR 1990.
Germany HQ excludes all liability of any kind (including negligence) in respect of any third party information or other material made available on, or which can be accessed using, this Website.
germanyhq.com /germanelections/index.php   (745 words)

 CNN.com - Germany facing political limbo  - Sep 19, 2005
"Germany needs to go down the path of reforms, even though many people are a little anxious, a little worried about this," she said.
Schroeder called elections a year early after the western state of North Rhine Westphalia, one of his party's strongholds, fell to the conservatives in May. He trailed far behind Merkel in early polls, but Merkel's support faded as election day neared.
Merkel, the daughter of a pastor from the once-communist East Germany, attacked Schroeder for failing to cut unemployment and criticized his support for Turkey's acceptance into the European Union.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/europe/09/18/germany.election   (729 words)

 German president dissolves parliament; elections in September - Wikinews
In a televised address Köhler stated that Germany is in a serious economic situation and that the country needs a stable government.
The dissolving is the result of a long political muddle that began on May 22th when Schröder's Social Democrats (SPD) lost the most populous state of Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, to the CDU, the biggest opposition party.
Germany has been struggling with high unemployment for several years and the reforms Schröder introduced were criticized as being neo-liberalistic by unions and also by members of his own party.
en.wikinews.org /wiki/German_president_dissolves_parliament;_elections_in_September   (755 words)

Germany has recently caught the Internet bug, and there are a large number of resources available.
Germany renames a military base for a WWII soldier who saved Lithuanian Jews and was executed for it.
Ten years after the fall of the wall, Germany is dealing less with the issues of the past and more with difficult issues of the present.
www.iup.edu /politicalscience/courses/ps280/H-germa1.htm   (1706 words)

 general elections in germany
Just one week before the elections the suspense reigning over Germany has reached a peak with the pollsters declaring the two main parties equal in terms of intention to vote.
Until a few days ago Allenbasch, considered the most reliable of all the pollsters (during the last elections in 1998, it came to within 0.5% of the final result) was the only pollster who was forecasting a clear lead for the CDU/CSU.
All the opinion polls bear witness to the popularity of this attitude amongst the German voters who are still haunted by the dual trauma of two World Wars and the fission of their country during the Cold War.
www.robert-schuman.org /anglais/oee/allemagne/default2.htm   (1187 words)

 CNN.com - Germany poised for election battle - May 23, 2005
BERLIN, Germany -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder plans to hold a parliamentary confidence vote by the beginning of July, the chairman of his Social Democratic Party says, a move that would mean new elections must be held by September 18.
Schroeder on Sunday called for early national elections after his party suffered a crushing defeat in a state vote in a traditional stronghold.
Federal elections are held every four years for Germany's lower house, the Bundestag, with the next one due at the end of 2006.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/europe/05/23/germany   (700 words)

 Elections in Germany   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
MARGARET WARNER: Three perspectives on the election, and the fallout for the U.S.-German relationship.
What was at stake here in the German context, the context of this election, was a very German question, the question of war and peace.
This morning, and the first day after the election, the minister in question offered her resignation, which as far as I have understood has not been rejected.
www.brook.edu /views/interviews/daalder/20020923.htm   (1887 words)

 OpinionJournal - John Fund on the Trail
North Rhine-Westphalia, centered on the industrial Ruhr region of northern Germany, is home to 18 million people and would be the sixth largest economy in the European Union if it were a separate nation.
Germany is increasingly losing jobs and investment to countries that do not have its crushingly high wages and social welfare overhead.
Yesterday's election results are "a devastating defeat for Schroeder," political scientist Uwe Andersen told a German TV station.
www.opinionjournal.com /diary/?id=110006726   (889 words)

 AllRefer.com - Germany - Free Democratic Party | German Information Resource
Prior to the 1994 election, the FDP had experienced its worst results in nation al elections in 1969 (5.8 percent) and 1983 (7 percent).
Following the 1949 national elections, the FDP emerged as a natural ally of the CDU/CSU, most importantly because of a congruity of economic policy.
In light of the FDP's strong showing in the 1990 election, it is perhaps surprising to note that, by the time of the 1994 national election, the FDP was, in many ways, a party in crisis.
reference.allrefer.com /country-guide-study/germany/germany133.html   (1196 words)

 Schröder: "New Elections Needed" | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 01.07.2005
German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder called on parliament to pave the way for early elections as he opened a debate in a no confidence motion he is hoping to lose.
Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Parliamentarians listen to Schröder's speech on FridaySome coalition lawmakers, fearful of losing the election and bewildered by the request to express no-confidence in a government they still support, have said they are weighing an appeal to the federal constitutional court, Germany's highest tribunal.
Hoping to trigger new elections, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is expected to deliberately fail a vote of confidence in parliament Friday.
www.dw-world.de /dw/article/0,1564,1636171,00.html   (655 words)

 Xinhua - English   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is casting his vote in the northern city of Hannover and his rival, Angela Merkel, chancellor candidate of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), will cast her vote in Berlin.
A final poll prior to the elections showed that the alliance led by Merkel enjoyed a slim lead.
German media reports have said that the election result could be too close to call.
news.xinhuanet.com /english/2005-09/18/content_3506829.htm   (355 words)

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