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2005-08-25 04:45:20

By Diana Niedernhoefer KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court removed the final hurdle on Thursday to a September 18 general election that polls suggest will oust Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and bring the conservative opposition to power. Responding to a challenge by two parliamentarians, the Federal Constitutional Court voted 7-1 that President Horst Koehler had acted correctly in dissolving parliament last month and calling the election one year ahead of schedule....

2005-08-25 03:16:13

KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court removed the final hurdle on Thursday to a September 18 federal election, dismissing complaints that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's path to an early vote was unconstitutional. The Federal Constitutional Court voted 7-1 that President Horst Koehler had been right to dissolve parliament in July and call a national election one year ahead of schedule. Opinion polls suggest Schroeder's Social Democrats will lose the election to the...

2005-08-20 07:34:51

By Tom Heneghan and Alexandra Hudson COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's chancellor and his challenger in next month's poll made pilgrimages to a Catholic youth festival on Saturday to meet an election winner of a different sort, their visiting countryman Pope Benedict. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who faces the voters on September 18, was Benedict's first caller on a day due to be dominated by the Pope's meeting in the late afternoon with leaders of Germany's mainly Turkish...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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