Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Hero or Heroine of Kiel (or) The Wonder of Schleswig-Holstein

We have previously posted here and here on the recent election in Kiel and the blatant incompetence of the head of the Schleswig-Holstein government, Heide Simonis, who was trying to remain in power through a minority government.

As just reported in the German news media, e.g. FAZ.NET, someone in the anticipated Red-Green-Danish coalition broke ranks and abstained from voting for Simonis, thus leading to a 34-34 tie in the vote, and prohibiting Simonis from retaking power in Schleswig-Holstein.

As someone who has spent some of the best years of his life in Kiel, who considers himself an honorary citizen of Schleswig-Holstein, and loves that area of Germany as much if not more than anyone who lives there, we hereby give three hurrahs for the hero or heroine of Kiel, whoever you may be. God bless you. Your courageous act will benefit Schleswig-Holstein - and Germany - in the future more than anything that Simonis might allege to have done for Schleswig-Holstein in her terrible years of leadership. It will also help Danish-German relations in the future, saving the SSW from a grievous error, which is good for Europe. We say this as a political centrist and non-partisan. Once again, our heartiest thanks for this courageous and moral act.

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