German Elections Tomorrow
Germany’s rival parties are in their final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
Polls suggest Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats will win the biggest share of the vote.
But her current coalition partners, the Free Democrats, may not pass the 5% threshold for winning seats in parliament.
If so, Mrs Merkel may have to consider a coalition with her main rival Peer Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats.
The video that explains the German electoral system is pretty bad (unhelpful and even incorrect in the way it describes the way seats are allocated—or, more accurately, alludes to the way seats are allocated—there really isn’t much of a an explanation). Germany’s mixed member proportional system is far better explained here with notes on recent reforms here.
The video on coalitions using cake is a bit better (if anything the cakes are kind of amusing), although for a good explanation for why we shouldn’t call a CDU/CSU + SPD coalition “grand” anymore see Matthew Shugart.