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The country where the Socialists are even less popular than in these parts

Is Germany. The SPD, the party of Brandt and Schmidt, inter alia, is currently nestling at a derisory 22% in a German opinion poll: "the worst result ever for the party". It managed 34% in the 2005 elections, and is in an unwieldy coalition with the CDU?CSU at present. Our own dear Labour party has managed anywhere between 23% and 27% in the last swathe of polls.

Given that Germany votes in September, it is looking rather good for Angela Merkel, as her CDU/CSU is polling 37%, and if allied with the splendidly sound FDP would ratchet up 52%. Out at the extreme, the Greens are polling 12% and the Left Party 9%.

Meanwhile on the othe side of the Rhine
, Sarko appears to be on the verge of snaring De Villiers and his eurosceptic MPF party for his presidential coalition, which along with the CNPT scalp means that he now has the entirety of the respectable French right in his corner. Annihilation awaits Martine Aubry or whoever come 2012, by the look of things, given that the French left's alphabet soup seems intent on thickening itself by the day.

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