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Seems like we're getting our own mini revolution in Germany. Olaf Scholz, the establishment candidate in the race for party chair of the SPD, lost against a pair of virtual nobodies from the party left, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans. The latter is known for aggressively pursuing tax evaders by acquiring leaked documents from Switzerland when he was a finance minister.

They plan to renegotiate the coalition agreement with an eye towards exiting the government. It's not fully Corbynesque but a similar direction of travel.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Sun Dec 1st, 2019 at 09:50:14 AM EST
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So what is the likely shape of the next German government if the SPD move to the left, and the CDU to the right to counter AfD gains?

And what are the implications for German foreign, European, and Brexit policies?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 1st, 2019 at 10:57:32 AM EST
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CDU don't have to move right (much or yet). They're cozy in the center but programmatically they're quite dried out inside. If the current numbers add up CDU-Green will have a majority.

Foreign policy: new CDU chief wants to be more 'active' - no tools to back it up.

European policy: the fuck anybody knows. Merkel would have to be gone for a long time and people would have wake up and start to learn to think for themselves again.

Brexit policy: no change.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Sun Dec 1st, 2019 at 12:56:51 PM EST
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One can hope, but I imagine you'd need a similiar public and acrimonious break with the old leadership to pull up from the death spiral.
by generic on Sun Dec 1st, 2019 at 03:32:14 PM EST
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