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Schroeder Vs. Merkel Back on the Ring
30 Sep 2005
Schroeder Vs. Merkel Back on the Ring
Berlin, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Social-Democrat Leader Gerhard Schroeder and his Christian-Democrat rival Angela Merkel will be contending again Sunday in Germany for one legislative seat in Dresde, though the result will not untie the Sep.18 general elections´ outcome.

Then, Schroeder´s SPD won 222 seats with 34.2 per cent of the votes, while Merkel´s coalition, the CDU-CSU, got 35.2 per cent of the ballots for 225 seats for a practical political draw.

Not even allying with other supportive organizations (Greens or Liberal Democrats), neither of the two major political forces can achieve the 307 majority needed to make up a government

The current situation leads to the eventuality of the so-called "great coalition" (SPD-CDU CSU), a formula already tried between 1966 and 1969.

Although rejected during the race, Schroeder and Merkel have met twice to negotiate an alliance between both forces.

But choosing the next head of state raises as a huge barrier in addition to the fact that a coalition between the contenders is not a popular choice among the voters.

A poll ran by the radio Deutsche Welle indicates that only 19.2 per cent supports the alliance choice.

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