Monday, May 8, 2017

Political news, memories too

While Emmanuel Macron wins 65.8 per cent of the electorate to become President of France, in the German State of Schleswig-Holstein, 43-year-old Daniel Günther tops the poll for the CDU.

His victory was not expected and it now looks likely that SPD Minister President Torsten Abig will resign and a new government will be formed in Kiel with Günther as premier.

The Schleswig-Holstein results must be worrying for the SPD chances of winning next September's Federal elections.

Next weekend the people of North Rhein Wesphalia vote, where the SPD are expected to remain in power under the premiership of Hanelore Kraft. The present government in Düsseldorf is made up of an SPD Green coalition.

On this day, May 8, 1945 in Berlin-Karlshorst Red Army Marshal Georgii Zhukov accepted the unconditional surrender of the German Army. The previous day in Reims western allies accepted the German surrender.

It was Georgii Zhukov, who against the odds, defeated the German Sixth Army under the leadership of Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus at the Volga in Stalingrad, now Volgograd, in February 1943. It was the first significant defeat for the Wehrmacht and many historians will say it was the turning point in World War ll.

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