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German Elections: Die Linke.

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“Die Linke’s pro-capitalist, social democratic outlook has been obvious for quite some time.” writes Ben Lewis in the Weekly Worker.

A more sympathetic article by Peter Thomson in the Guardian on September the 5th stated, that die Linke should not be written fog. It is the ” only party represented in the Bundestag that does not go along with the general austerity consensus on social and economic policy.”

The French Communist paper, L’Humanité notes that the programme of Die Linke resulted from a June conference that endorsed these main points,

Gathered under the slogan “100% social,” the 500 delegates focused on the abolition of Hartz system that millions of precarious workers. The program includes the introduction of a minimum wage to 10 euros per hour. It also calls for the end of the retirement age of sixty-seven. In the debate on the crisis in the euro area, Die Linke has spoken for the continuation of the single currency.The party claims a reform of the content of the monetary union “overcomes the serious imbalances” that have emerged in Europe. And noted that “austerity is the main threat to the maintenance of the euro,” which transformed is essential to building a European solidarity.

They also oppose Western armed intervention in Syria.

The same paper reports that these social demands have made their presence felt during the electoral campaign.

On Saturday the 14th there was a day of action, called by civil society groups, trade unions, and backed by Die Linke, calling for “”Um fair Teilen” (a fair share) demanded a just redistribution of wealth.

Neues Duetschland (aligned to Die Linke) confirms this.

Above all the demand for a minimum wage at a “living” level is popualr,

 Eine Mehrheit der Bundesbürger, die einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn befürworten, sprechen sich für eine Höhe von 10 Euro pro Stunde aus. Das ist das Ergebnis einer Infratest-Umfrage für den SWR. 41 Prozent unterstützen hingegen eine Höhe von 8,50 Euro. Insgesamt liegt die Zahl der Menschen in Deutschland, die eine generelle allgemeingültige Gehaltsuntergrenze befürworten sehr hoch: 85 Prozent der Bundesbürger wollen die Einführung eines gesetzlichen Mindestlohns.

Die Zahlen bestätigen eine Forderung der Linkspartei, welche sich in ihrem Wahlprogramm … ….

A majority of German citizens advocate a statutory minimum wage. They are in favour of a basic level of 10 euros per hour. This is the result of an opinion  survey for SWR. 41%,  however, support a lower rate  of 8,50 €. The total number of people in Germany who advocate a minimum is very high: 85%  of Germans want the introduction of a statutory minimum wage.

Figures confirm that this – a plank of the the Left Party’s election manifesto.

If the demand for a minimum wage of 10 Euros an Hour is not very radical it clearly has some echo in the population.

Whether this is translatable into votes is another question.

Der Speigel gives the latest opinion polls,

A 58 percent majority of Germans say they would like to see Merkel remain in the Chancellery, with just 32 percent preferring her centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) challenger Peer Steinbrück. But while support for her party remains at a steady 40 percent, the FDP is down to 5.5 percent, barely clearing the 5 percent hurdle required for representation in parliament, but giving the coalition combined support of 45.5 percent.

According to the “political barometer” poll commissioned by public broadcaster ZDF, the SPD, the Greens and the far-left Left Party are polling at 44.5 percent after support for the SPD rose to 27 percent and for the Left Party to 8.5 percent.

The environmentalist Green Party’s popularity, meanwhile, dropped to 9 percent after a turbulent week that saw the party weakened by fresh evidence of its past pro-pedophile sympathies.

Reports indicate that the Greens and Die Linke are about equal, at around 9-10% of intentions to vote (Wikipedia below). This is a drop of about 1 to 2 % from the previous, 2009, election.

Trend Research[6] 18 September 2013 38% 27% 10% 5% 9% 4.5% 9.5%
INSA/YouGov[5] 19 September 2013 38% 28% 8% 6% 9% 2% 5% 4%

Written by Andrew Coates

September 21, 2013 at 11:47 am