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Thursday, March 11, 2004

Socialists Lose II
German Chancellor's Party Routed

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's party was handed a stinging defeat by voters in Hamburg in Sunday elections reflecting the pent-up anger over his push to cut cherished state benefits.
Schroeder's Social Democrats slumped to a postwar low in the northern port city they ruled for decades until 2001, while the conservative Christian Democrats surged to a majority on a campaign built on Mayor Ole von Beust's personal popularity.


Although, the way this article presents it, it is a little hard to call this a conservative shift, even though the conservatives picked up seats. The article claims that Schroeder did poorly because he wanted to cut government. It's not clear why voters would turn to a more conservative party.

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