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History matters in German elections, and in ours, too

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Der Spiegel has an excellent interactive map showing how each of Germany's seven political parties did in each election district this year and in 2009. Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (and their Christian Social allies in Bavaria) this year carried nearly all the land area of Germany, while the Social Democrats carried old industrial areas -- the Ruhr, Hamburg, Bremen, Hannover. The Left...