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Sunday, February 02, 2003

Evening Musings-The Christian Democrats made gains in German state elections today, picking up control of Lower Saxony and getting a majority of the seats in Hess. The Social Democrats polled 10% lower than they did four months ago. This might prove interesting-Paul Martin, the renegade former Liberal Finance Minister, is calling for an increase in defence spending. He might be setting himself up as a sensable neoliberal leader who would cruise to an electoral win if he gets to be Chretien's successor, but he also might be setting himself up for a rebellion from the left. It looks like the left side of Columbia got overheated, as the early indications suggested.

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