Loser Takes All

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DIVIDED: Schröder, at left, and Merkel are looking for a workable coalition

Angela Merkel and Gerhard Schröder were all over the German media last week; often as the butt of political cartoons and doctored photos ridiculing their poor election showings. What Germans didn't see, though, was a clear picture of a new Chancellor. Germany's vote produced no decisive result. The leaders of the two big parties — Schröder of the Social Democrats (spd) and Merkel of the Christian Democrats (cdu) — both claimed victory, but the real winners were the smaller parties. The Left Party, made up of disaffected ex-spd members and former communists, won 54 seats in the Bundestag,...

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