Germany: Erosion of SPD, the Social Democratic Party

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Kai Littmann, a German journalist and director of the site, is a guest of Microeuropéen deciphering the erosion of German SPDs in previous local elections, including Schleswig-Holstein.

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The SPD is part of the coalition government and Prime Minister Olaf Scholz is a member of the SPD. How can you explain this impression of the Social Democratic Party’s erosion? This Sunday, May 15th, the land in North Rhine-Westphalia will also be elected.Decoding by Kai Littmann, German journalist and site director

Slow descent

For Kai Litttmann, this impression is not a mistake. Last week in Schleswig-Holstein, the SPD lost 11% of the votes and the Conservatives also won 11 in the CDU. Therefore, there is a slight deviation to the right. In fact, the election in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday, May 15th is a very large land, with more than 17 million people in Germany’s most populous land, Switzerland and Belgium combined. Therefore, it is a very important election. residents. And this is the first actual test for the Scholz government.

How to explain this erosion

For Kai Littmann, the reaction to government policy in the context of the war in Ukraine, which many consider the German government to be a little weak, affects local elections.In addition, the prime minister is someone who has a little “Charisma of an accountant”. It’s not his character to play the leader, to come forward, or to make a big declaration, and it’s not as charismatic as mobilizing the crowd.

We also note that in Germany, for example, in Schleswig-Holstein elections, voters are less motivated to vote. 40% of voters abstained and did not vote. We are almost in the French perspective in abstention. Is this a political party denial? That is very, very bad for German democracy.

There is no denial of Angela’s time

The days of Angela Merkel were not the same. In the case of Kai Littmann Angela Merkel had excellent communication. She knew how to talk to Germans in the way that every German thinks she is talking to him personally. This is not the case with the current Prime Minister. Today, Germans don’t feel that the characters are actually being challenged.

What is the future of the German government?

For Kai Littmann, the future of the current government depends, among other things, on the development of two major issues: the war in Ukraine and the pandemic of Covid 19. How does the German government manage the rest of this pandemic? But is it over? So again, the government will have to answer the German question correctly. Otherwise, like France, Germany will probably fall into a sort of government crisis.

Don’t forget the energy problem. Germany is completely dependent on Russian gas and is currently looking for an alternative. Currently, sanctions imposed on Russia are beginning to have a major impact on Germany, and inflation since the 1980s is unknown. With all these questions, the government will not have a simple task.

With or without Angela

Questions remain about the war in Ukraine. What if Angela Merkel was in power? For Kai Littmann, Angela Merkel had a great advantage, she spoke Russian, knew the culture, the spirit of Russia, and she had a great relationship with Vladimir Putin, so today is diplomacy. It would have been easier at the level. She was respected in the Kremlin like Washington. What is lacking in today’s diplomatic scene will really require a respected personality everywhere to lead diplomatic action. Angela Merkel would have been the perfect person to do that.

Source: Francetvinfo

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