Coalition collapses in Schleswig-Holstein

24th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The CDU premier of Schleswig-Holstein, Harry Carstensen, lost a vote of confidence that he had himself called in the state's parliament in Kiel, saying beforehand that the SPD-CDU coalition "has no future."

Berlin -- A governing coalition involving the same parties as the uneasy national alliance collapsed on Thursday in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

However, representatives from the two parties at national level, Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU/CSU and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), rejected any comparison with their federal "grand coalition."

The CDU premier of Schleswig-Holstein, Harry Carstensen, lost a vote of confidence that he had himself called in the state's parliament in Kiel, saying beforehand that the SPD-CDU coalition "has no future."

Elections in the state will take place on September 27, the same day as national general elections when Merkel is running for a second term and hopes to ditch the SPD and form a government with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP).

Recent opinion polls have suggested that she will be successful, with the SPD in disarray with their candidate, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, struggling to score political points.

Merkel had said on Sunday, when it was already clear that the government was about to collapse in Schleswig-Holstein, that the state coalition "has not really worked, unlike that at federal level."

Four more of Germany's 16 states also have coalitions between the SPD and the CDU, in Brandenburg, Saxony, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

AFP/Expatica

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