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May 28, 2005

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Arthur

If the situation is so bright, why is Schroeder being defeated again and again? Any smart analysis around, why the German left (68er) is on retreat?

khr

Even business papers in Germany are taking notice that prospects in Germany are quite good, especially for exports.

For Example the June issue of the magazine 'Euro' has on its front page:
+ Germany - the underestimated republic
+ Costs: Where reforms have taken
effect
+ How to profit from the comeback
http://www.finanzen.net/finanzen/finanzen_uebersicht.asp

The problem nowadays is lack of domestic demand, because incomes for the bulk of people has been stagnating for many years. That exactly is the reason why Schroeder is being defeated in one election after the next.

The German left can be said to have won decisively on lifestyle issues (homosexuality, abortion etc.).

In terms of economy, the 68 generation were just a bunch of wooly-headed Vulgarmarxists and never had a realistic idea.

The Left that is on retreat is the old German "Left" that defined German economic and welfare policy after WWII and that ranged from most of the CDU/CSU to the SPD, with such prominent names as Ludwig Erhard and Karl Schiller among them.

Since the late 70's there has been a relentless attack from the Neo-liberal school of economics and theri business allies on these policy. By now they basically control the discussion.

Drew

The German left can be said to have won decisively on lifestyle issues (homosexuality, abortion etc.).

Are you sure this is true? I'm not an expert on German politics but I thought these issues weren't as important as they are on my side of the Atlantic.

Basicly the battle is between the neo-liberal and social democratic (small s and d) economic camps.

khr

"The German left can be said to have won decisively on lifestyle issues (homosexuality, abortion etc.).
Are you sure this is true? I'm not an expert on German politics but I thought these issues weren't as important as they are on my side of the Atlantic."

That's exactly the point. They no longer are important issues and everybody accepts the present situation, essentially a moderate lefty attitude. But you have to look at the history. Up until the early 1970's West Germany was fairly conservative on those issues. Abortion was illegal, homsexual acts could be punished. A high-ranking general had to leave office when there was just a rumour (false, actually) of him being gay. Hoteliers could be fined if they allowed an unmarried couple sleep in one room. There was an outcry whenever TV or papers showed pictures of too scantily dressed women etc. All this is a distant memory now.

Indeed, a number of openly gay politician have not suffered:
http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,357701,00.html
Indeed, it can be said in the Beust case mentioned in the article, it actually helped him dodge the real issue. The issue should not have been that he was gay, but that he may have given a former boy friend a cabinet post. Not something that would have gone down easily with a former girl friend, but nobody wante to be politically incorrect about this.

I just wonder how the members of the US government will feel with a gay foreign minister Westerwelle.

David

khr -
Isn't the openly gay mayor of Berlin - Klsus Wowereit - one of the most successful political figures today? This despite the economic and multi-culti problems in the city.

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