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… Recep Erdogan has been partly defanged [#Turkish politics]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 12th,2015

.. Erdogan has been the master of Turkey and its politics for over 15 years . He has a giant ego , and fashions himself the master of returning Turkey to its former greatness . But now he has stumbled …

.. Turkey just recently had elections for its parliament . Now Erdogan has a serious problem , however …

.. [h/t — FinancialTimes.com]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. Erdogan is Turkey ‘ s president . His office carries with it quite a bit of power , but not enough for what he wants to do . So that is why Erdogan and his party , the Truth and Justice Party , or [AKP] called the elections . They thought that they would win a much larger majority . If they had , they could have turned Turkey into an authoritarian dictatorship , effectively ..

.. Well , it backfired . Erdogan ‘ s party lost its majority , and soundly . Not only that , the leftish Kurdish Workers Party [KDH] entered parliament for the first time , with 13 % of the vote …

.. now it is a question of who forms a government , and how . Erdogan [as President] controls the choice , at first . But if it is clear that his AKP cannot form a government , then he will have to turn to the opposition …

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… Wow , that did not take Long [#Israel Government]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 28th,2015

.. well , it looks like PM Bibi was definitely thinking ahead .

.. today came the news that Netanyahu has already secured the majority support that he needs in order to form a new government . It appears to be a fairly strong one at that …

.. [h/t — Politico.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news article ..

.. Netanyahu ‘ s coalition appears to have moderates , as well as the requisite conservatives and ultra – Orthodox . It also gives him a significant margin of safety , in case one of the parties wants to take a walk . A coalition of 68 is good , but a coalition of 72 or 73 would be better …

.. as to Labour [and Issac Hertzog] . PM Bibi could well form a ” national government . ” That one could include the current case , in addition to Labour . Bibi could offer a siginifcant posting , such as the Foreign Ministry , to Hertzog . Such a move would be daring [and more moderate] . It would also be scary …

.. why ? because he would be thinking ahead to possible military action against Iran . A national government would be very helpful , with his political ” enemies ” inside the tent , instead of outside of it …

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… This is Real Leadership [#PM Harper]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 20th,2014

.. at least Steven Harper understands what real leadership is ..

.. he is standing up for America and her allies in ways that our own President does not have any idea about it and will not do it …

.. [h/t — ReclaimOurRepublic.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. c ‘ mon , POTUS , where are your balls ?? …

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… Angela Merkel wins re – election in Germany …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. interesting result , to say the least .

.. you may ask , why ?

.. Germany is Europe ‘ s power engine . Merkel is , at least for now , Germany ‘ s unchallenged leader . No one else even comes

Angela Merkel September 2010

Angela Merkel September 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

close . No one else in any of of the other parties comes anywhere close to matching her in stature , or in policy . She may not be the idea machine that Maggie Thatcher was , but she is no dim bulb . She knows what she does , and what she does not , and is very will to seek out advice from other quarters , when she needs to ..

.. Her party coalition is made up of two parties . One is the mainline Christian Democratic Union . The other is the Bavaria – based Christian Social Union . Basically , they are one and the same . The two [ the Christian Democratic Union (C.D.U.), with its Bavarian sister party , the Christian Social Union (C.S.U.)] came very close to gaining an absolute majority in the German parliament , or Bundestag . This has not been done since 1957 , in the West German days under Konrad Adenauer .

.. Her normal coalition partners were not so lucky . The Free Democrats (the F.D.U.) were , in effect , shut out of the Bundestag in this election . They only achieved 4.8% of the vote . In Germany , you need 5.0% of the vote for your party to have representation in the Bundestag . Well , the anti – euro Alternative fur Germany (AfD) fell short , as well , at 4.7% of the national vote , so they will not be in the parliament , either . However , for their first time out , that share of the vote is not a bad result .

.. The Left in Germany had a very bad night . Amazingly enough , the loonie (far) left did all right . Both of the loonie left parties [the Greens and die Linke (the Link)] achived about 8.0 to 8.5% of the vote . The mainline left (the Social Democrats) were not so lucky . Their vote declined from the last election , to about 25.5% . The bigger problem was perception . The Social Democrats lost , and lost big , to the C.D.U. by nearly 17.0% . That hurts . The current party leadership will , in all likelyhood , have to stand down , in favour of fresh blood . What they have been doing has not worked , and they need to change …

.. So what happens next ? Merkel will be able to ease up on her austerity policy , at least somewhat . The immediate crisis has abated , but Greece and Cyprus are still the problem children . Cryprus is so small , and the Russian investors will take flight , so the Cypriots will likely be able to stay in the Euro . Not so for the Greeks . It is only a matter of time before Greece is given a stark choice , and Germany will have the whip hand .

.. Merkel ‘ s hand will be strengthened otherwise . Her power , relative to France will be much greater . Francois Hollande has proven to be a total screwup , and his Socialists are not a whole lot better . Hollande had better hope that France does not have legislative elections anytime soon , or …..

.. There are also more conservative governments in Europe . Right now , Britain is governed by a coalition , but at the next elections , the Tories , along with the UKIP , are likely to win an absolute majority . Norway is under new management , and so is Spain ….

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