Theater of Cruelty

A choice of protest

Which will end with a political paradox.


BERLIN: The Bundestag election in Germany last Sunday carries two contradictory trends. P? On the one hand, this was a protest election where the wing parties progressed strongly compared to the last election. The market liberalist Liberal Democrats in the FDP are identified as winners and ended up on the bench. 10 percent. But also? the newly formed Left Party The Left. PDS, which is an association of the former communists from the GDR era and a breakaway group from the SPD who have grown tired of? Gerhard Schröder's reform package Agenda 2010, crossed the threshold and ended up in? 8 percent. The two major people's parties – CDU / CSU and SPD – fell sharply.

Paradoxically, the result may nevertheless be a strengthening of the political center.

Of a total of four possible constellations of government in the incomprehensible situation that arose after neither of the Chancellor's candidates obtained a pure majority, the two most likely involve a breach of the traditional divide in German politics.

Either by the Social Democratic Party SPD and the Christian Democratic Party Alliance CDU / CSU forming a government together, or by the FDP joining forces with the Social Democrats and the Greens in a so-called traffic light coalition (according to the "political color codes" in German politics : FDP is yellow, SPD is red and the Greens – yes, that goes without saying).

One of election night's most interesting results shows great differences between West Germany and the eastern parts. Last year, where unemployment and economic depression are most marked, every fourth voter voted for Die Links. However, the election result means that as many as 90 per cent of the total Germany agrees to continued reforms. N? it's just a question of what these should look like and what social profile they should have.

In Germany – like most other places in the West – do you struggle? deal with the effects of economic globalization. One of the consequences is waves of protest voters. Leading the way in the latest wave are Die Links, which, among other things, has marked itself as strong opponents of labor immigration from the new EU countries. Whoever becomes the new chancellor and can form a government is one of the most central challenges? deal with this feeling of political alienation among relatively groups of voters. A strengthening of the political center in the aftermath of a protest election is a political paradox that does not diminish this challenge. This may be especially true of the Social Democrats, who have historically had the upper hand. The Left rims.

While the results ran in on? The SPD's election vigil on Sunday night could be beaten by a simple poll. fixed that Schröder's party is deleted does not agree with itself on which coalition partners are? prefer. One group simply wanted a collaboration on the left. Another group would go? together with the CDU. A third party wanted a collaboration with the Greens and the FDP. Nevertheless, it was a very confident Gerhard Schröder who attended the so-called "elephant debate" between the party leaders on election night. P? despite a decline in? over 4 percentage points, which led to the party losing status as Germany's largest, he claimed. Chancellor and would negotiate with everyone – apart from Die Links – for ? f? it.

P? the other side will too? CDU candidate Angela Merkel is negotiating – right away. P? Despite a relatively poor election, the CDU has become the country's largest. Thus, it is natural that she for the assignment. At the time of writing, however, there is a kind of chess mat where all the constellation alternatives face one or more seemingly insurmountable obstacles: Both the Greens and the FDP will go? in dissolution if the party changes sides. A grand coalition between the CDU and the SPD will bring Schröder completely out of German politics. For just? mention something. What can you beat? firm is that no one will give up without a fight, and that none of the parties will bend without a fight. make life. In other words, the political harvest in Germany has only so? widely begun.

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