28 September 2009

The success of the Left Party in Germany

What this article attempts to sideline is the amazing breakthrough of the Left Party as an all-German Party with over 12% of the vote.

The Schroeder government 1998-2005 pushed through policies similar to those of New Labour, and when the right-wing parties (CDU, CSU and FDP) failed to win a majority in the Bundestag, his Social Democrats – instead of building a coalition with the Left - went into government with Merkel. Progressive and socialist votes haemorrhaged to the Left Party.

The real tragedy is that Britain has no equivalent of the Left Party.

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