Party trounced in 2 state elections Don’t miss:Addict writes own obituarywhy obama’s speech failedreview:Iphone’s slick ios 7′worst pot politician’proof of bigfoot?Mill valley film fest20030203 04:00:00 PDT Berlin German voters delivered a stinging rebuke to Chancellor ‘s on Sunday, giving the main opposition party record gains in two closely watched state elections, according to results reported early today. The conservative won 48 percent of the vote in lower saxony, which is schroeder’s home state and the place he served as chief minister for eight years before he became chancellor Ralph lauren Mens Pony Polo in 1998. His party, on the other hand, got only 33 percent of the vote, down from nearly 48 percent last time. The result of this first electoral test since the won the national election in september reflected the abrupt drop in popularity that the party began to suffer almost immediately after its victory four months ago. The vote showed public disenchantment with schroeder’s economic performance, especially his failure to stop an increase in unemployment to the See results about UK highest levels in a decade. The results were greeted with nothing short of exultation by opposition leaders and their supporters, who triumphantly held up posters saying,”The redgreens are finished. “The social democratic party, or reds, govern nationally in coalition with the leftist. The contests in lower saxony and hesse, where the christian democrats had 49 percent of the vote to the social democrats’ 29 Ralph Lauren Outlet percent, promise to put schroeder in a political bind. Political experts were saying even before the vote that if schroeder suffered a substantial loss, he would essentially have two broad options. One, he could drop the economic reform program altogether, but while that would please germany’s powerful trade unions, it would amount to an abandonment of a program of change that many germans feel is necessary. The second option would be for him to announce a more vigorous package of reforms.But if he goes too far in that direction, he could lose the support of the greens, whom he www.chipgold.co.uk needs to maintain his majority in the lower house of parliament. The social democrats tried virtually everything to stem the tide, especially in lower saxony, where the incumbent social democratic chief minister, was seen as a protege of schroeder, and even his possible eventual successor as chancellor. The party campaigned as the party of peace, echoing schroeder’s successful appeal to german sentiment against a war in iraq, an appeal credited with giving the social democrats a comefrombehind victory in national elections just over four months ago. The party also engaged in some negative campaigning, which is unusual in germany, accusing the christian democrats of support for foreign use of a local nuclear waste disposal site that would poison the people of lower saxony. But none of this was able to arrest his party’s fall from favor. While the social democrats suffered a stunning loss, the greens made modest gains in both lower saxony and in hesse. The other of the important smaller parties in germany, the profreemarket, which will almost surely enter into a coalition with the christian democrats in the state of lower saxony, also picked up modest gains in both states.