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The interesting thing nowadays is that the Social Democrats seem to be, if anything, slightly to the right of the conservatives across Europe on economic issues...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 08:06:21 AM EST
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Really? Consider event the pathological case of the British Labor Party under Blair and Brown and compare to the current government.

Or compare what a SPD/Green government in Germany would be doing with what Merkel is doing.

You think that the social democrats are to the right?

by rootless2 on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 08:10:33 AM EST
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Well I was thinking Hungary, Greece, it seems Italy,  and of course Germany. The current policy (minus perhaps the solipsism) is a continuation of the Hartz reforms. The internal devaluation in Germany started then, didn't it, under the leadership of the later-to-become Gazprom executive? That the SDP has now a chance to develop perhaps a backbone and stand up for the rights of the people who actually work for a living is a different issue, and has to do with the fact that in Germany there is now a significant threat from the left.

The creation of a serious left alternative, in fact a revived Social Democratic political presence, requires the destruction of most of the sold-out SD parties and building alternatives on their left.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 10:54:11 AM EST
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Or compare what a SPD/Green government in Germany would be doing with what Merkel is doing

A CDU government would not have managed to get the Hartz4 legislation through. Never ever. A CDU government would not have dared to take us into Afghanistan. We wouldn't have had 10 years of sinking wages, an import deficit, a war, the erosion of freedom in order to prevent terrorists who aren't interested in us anyway.  

by Katrin on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 02:11:16 PM EST
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