Angie, Angie, when will those clouds all disappear?
Angie, Angie, where will it lead us from here?
With no loving in our souls and no money in our coats
You can’t say were satisfied
But Angie, Angie, you can’t say we never tried
Angie, you’re beautiful, but ain’t it time we said good-bye?
Angie, I still love you, remember all those nights we cried?
All the dreams we held so close seemed to all go up in smoke
One thing I don’t quite understand, though: what the hell was Rainer BrÃ¼derle thinking when he told Der Spiegel that the FDP could support a new governemental coalition led by Kurt Beck? One can clearly see why this kind of threat can be advantageous to the SPD at a time of cutthroat negotiations on health reform between social-democrats and conservatives. All the more so since SPD officials can offer public denials while making it clear to its CDU partners that they’d better not be too inflexible, lest they be kicked out of government.
But where is the interest of the FDP in all that? Since garnering a better-than-expected 9,8% of the vote in last year’s election, the party has benefited nicely from the misfortunes of the Grand coalition: the latest opinion polls put them around 14%, their highest score since the times of the infamous “18% strategy“. One would think that the sensible strategy for them would be to wait on the sidelines and reap the electoral benefits in the next election. Apparently not. What am I missing (apart from the obvious BrÃ¼derle-Beck close relationship)?