June 13 saw many elections in Germany: European elections (which are the only nationwide elections between two Federal general elections); state parliament elections in Thuringia and local elections in 6 of the 16 German federal states.

Respect - the Unity Coalition was formed by George Galloway MP and the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) at the beginning of the year. It stood for the first time on June 10.

ONE REASON for Labour getting ’a good kicking’ in the 10 June elections was opposition to Blair’s war and occupation of Iraq.

A "GOOD kicking", a "bloody nose", a "slap in the face" - all the media descriptions of New Labour’s disastrous election results had some reference to being beaten up. They managed to break several records for dreadful results. In the local elections they were the first government ...

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