Germany’s presidential mess
British monarchists can take heart from the mess that the Federal Republic has recently got into over electing a new head of state – ending up, it seems, with the third choice candidate.
The story so far. Back in February the current Bundespräsident Johannes Rau called it a day after realising that the political configuration of the federal convention (assembled specifically for the purpose of electing or re-electing the president every five years) was not going to give him a second term.
Rau, an old SPD stalwart with a gravelly voice, is a more self-righteous, intellectual…
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