Wednesday, 30 June 2010

German presidential elections 2010

Today Germans are going to the polls in a snap presidential election which is widely seen as a test to the authority of referendum on the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A brief summary of why the elections are taking place and the main candidates is provided by the Robert Schuman Fondation.
The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at John Hopkins University has a number of links to English and German articles where you can read more about the issues at stake
Readers of German should take a look at the civic education site maintained by BpB
This has background information on the history and purpose of the elections. Ther eis also an online dictionary of political terms which you can get for your mobile phone!
Get some up to date newspaper coverage from the main daily German newspapers
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has news, videos and polls
Der Spiegel coverage includes an interactive map
Zeit online coverage
Mediaskop Politics maintained by the Universit├Ąt Hohenheim provides regular updates on coverage of political issues in the German Media - find out which politicians and parties are making the news.
ZDF Politbarometer maintained by ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) also provides free access (in German language only) to a collection of political opinion polls and recent interviews where you can examine recent trends.
Fot those who cannot read German some English language summaries of recent polls can be found on the Augus Reid Global Monitor website.

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