[Marxism] Decline of German SPD

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 24 22:53:42 MST 2018

The German SPD, the oldest political party in Europe, has just opted for
its own slow strangulation. A delegate conference voted by 56% to go into
coalition talks. During talks on a framework agreement as a basis for a
coalition the SPD gave everything and got next to nothing.

The framework agreement is in essence: more of the same plus much of the
AfD’s anti-immigrant agenda. All that’s new is that the anti-immigrants
have got an effective stop on refugees’ families joining them. With
predictable effects.

The way in which the framework agreement was announced at a press
conference is indicative of the current relationship between the Union
(CDU/CSU) and the SPD. First Schulz gave a little talk where he thanked
everyone involved, and mentioned no substance. Then Merkel spoke and
unscripted said something to the effect that Schulz was ‘a great man for a
vote of thanks.’ And then the head of the CSU, with his usual sharkish
smirk, listed off the two or three minute gains of the SPD as a collective

The contempt of the Union for the SPD is palpable. The relationship from
here on in will be sado-masochistic. And not in a good way.

The SPD is. . .

full at: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/19464/

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