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German Greens in “Serious Negotiations” for Coalition with Merkel.

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Grüne auf Kamikaze-Kurs?

Greens on kamikaze course? Thursday Neues Deutschland. 

»Wir werden erst einmal ausloten, ob es CDU und CSU ernst meinen mit einer anderen Umweltpolitik«

We will explore first if the CDU and CSU are serious about environmental policy,”

The new leader of the German Greens, Anton Hofreiter, stated, that a coalition is possible, “eine schwarz-grüne Koalition möglich” (ist).

The Greens plan to bring together ecological and economic concerns.

Their main demand is that Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU), a strong opponent of letting more refugees into Germany,  is removed from being in charge refugee policy.

Opposition to such a coalition comes from the Young Greens (Grünen Jugend) and figures such as Bärbel Höhn, who has described the very idea as a “Kamikazi” plan.

These talks are not so surprising.

As Global Post pointed out a few days ago,

The Greens and the conservatives have, however, worked together on the state level in Hamburg. More progressive CDU supporters in northern and western Germany may find themselves closer to the Greens than they are to the CSU on social issues, and share many of the Greens’ concerns over the environment.

The Greens, together with the Social Democrats, have voted with Merkel to back key measures to keep the euro zone together during its crisis — even as some on the right of her own party have rebelled.

But, while apparently the negotiations will take place on a “serious” basis (and the German Radio station,Deutschlandfunk,   has discussed them at length) a coalition with the Social Democrats is much more probable.

That is the judgement of the Wall Street Journal as well.

German businesses, for one, wouldn’t be disappointed if talks between the conservatives and the Greens collapsed. Considering the challenges in regard to European and energy issues, and labour market, employer lobby group BDA Wednesday advocated an alliance between Ms. Merkel’s conservative parties and the Social Democrats.

In this case the left party, Die Linke, will be the largest Parliamentary opposition force.

It is with interest that we note that the Green-leaning Taz today is already giving lessons to Die Linke on how to become a responsible party.

They offer some instructions to Gregor Gysi (“der klügste Kopf der Partei” the brightest mind in the party) on how do this.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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  1. Yes, that Taz article was typical. After they spent their election campaign rubbishing the Greens for being too left wing (!) and pushing the ‘paedophile’ story so much that the rest of the media couldn’t ignore it (and gladly took it on), which played a big role in their vote collapse and probably in the right wing taking over the entire party, now they’ve moved on to the Linke.

    There’s more than a certain amount of truth in the taz article though, the “realos” around Gysi and the Easterners would like to be a “respectable constructive oppostion” party of future government in coalition with the SPD. Ideally, they’d like to make their own careers in a reborn (re-merged) SPD, but the SPD, stupidly, banned all ex-SED/PDS members from joining them after the Berlin Wall came down and confined themselves to meaninglessness in East Germany for the past 24 years and for at least another ten. Demographics will probably do the rest. (THe other West German parties had no such qualms about taking on members who had served Stalinism in the “multi party” GDR as part of it’s “National Front”. And their name-sake parties’ money, buildings, etc.)


    October 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  2. I like reading Taz (on-line it is true).

    It reminds of just how bad Libération used to be (politically).

    It even has the same kind of language and style (if anything as radically different as German and French could be said to resemble each other).

    I have to admit I enjoy the Libé way of writing, – probably because it’s what I politically grew up with.

    There is no English language equivalent of either daily paper.

    Andrew Coates

    October 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  3. The Taz writing style is notoriously bad. It really is the same as in the genuine “tabloids”, but it is actually worse, because the Taz thinks it is somehow intellectually superior.

    The Taz is running a trial subscription offer “10 weeks for 10 euros – if you’re not smarter after 10 weeks you get your money back”. I was considering demanding a refund.

    Yes, it was a light read, and some of it was refreshing compared to the sometimes-Stalinist Junge Welt which I pay for.

    But over those 10 weeks I abandoned getting annoyed over the Junge Welt (which largely got binned) in favour of getting annoyed over the Taz.

    I no longer knew anything about the left or the labour movement (or what Assad thinks and why He Is Great, incidentally – actually, I tend to ignore those articles. Hodentöter was again on the front of the JW yesterday…), but was very well informed about showbiz and ‘reality’ television and Why The Green Right-Wingers Are Great. Those 10 weeks destroyed a fair part of my brain.

    It was even worse than reading the Guardian online, which is one thing I should stop doing as well. That an the Weekly Worker are my online sins. And the comments boxes on Tagesspiegel (but they drive me towards suicide).

    No English language equivalent of the Taz? Hm, it’s like a News Line written by Blairites, with less sport (too proletarian) and telly coverage (ditto) or arts (too high-brow). And less Arab Dictators. Is it still going, btw?


    October 13, 2013 at 3:18 am

  4. Newsline is indeed still going.

    But you have to go to remote parts of West Anglia (Cambridge) to see it sold.


    Andrew Coates

    October 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

  5. Well, as I used to enjoy telling WRPers who sold it to me on occasion on a demo in Bagdad or Tripoli, I mean, Trafalgar Square or Brixton Park, I buy it for the full TV listings and all the footie coverage. What more could one want.


    October 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  6. It is a shame they don’t upload PDFs of it onto the net.


    October 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

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