Where Is Europe Headed?
In the wake of the contradictory results of the German and French elections, political observers are asking whether the western half of Europe is tilting to the left or right, or settling in the middle.
Europe's Left applauded the Social Democrats' victory in Germany, but the SDU won a majority in the Bundestag by only the narrowest of margins, and with the help of the Greens. At the same time, the Christian Democrats received 38.5 percent of the popular vote--the same percentage as the Social Democrats--while the communists failed to reach the critical 5 percent level.
Earlier in the year, French voters gave President Jacques Chirac a large conservative …
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Publication information: Article title: Where Is Europe Headed?. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: The World and I. Volume: 17. Issue: 12 Publication date: December 2002. Page number: 16. © 1999 News World Communications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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