Monday, October 10, 2005

German Suicide Pact

Christian Democrats wish to sign a suicide pact and the Socialists offer to facilitate the process and sign the death certificate. From The Brussels Journal: Victory at a High Cost
A quote from The Financial Times, 7 October 2005

Ms Merkel's expected victory in the battle for the chancellorship is likely to be announced on Monday, following a meeting on Sunday evening in Berlin between Mr Schröder and Ms Merkel, according to the SPD politicians, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The SPD may be given an equal number of cabinet posts as the CDU and be offered first choice of ministries to control, the MP said. SPD officials said these could include the foreign, economics and family ministries.

In addition, the CDU is almost certain to give the SPD assurances [...] that it will drop key elements of its more radical economic reform agenda, such as changes to job protection and collective bargaining rules.