Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«In 2021 at the latest, they’ll pay the price, …. four more nightmare years for Germany»
E così il referendum tra gli iscritti alla socialdemocrazia tedesca ha dato il placet alla formazione di una nuova Große Koalition. Dopo cinque mesi di dubbiose incertezze adesso sappiamo chi e come governerà la Germania.
«Social Democratic leaders were persuaded to conclude another deal after winning key concessions from Merkel and the conservatives, including control of Germany’s powerful Finance Ministry»
Che la Germania abbia alla fine un governo è negli interessi tedeschi, sicuramente, ma anche di tutta l’Unione Europea e, per quello che ancora conta, del mondo. Tutti si attendono una ragionevole stabilità.
Alcune scarne considerazioni.
Quando il 24 settembre dello scorso anno gli Elettori tedeschi sono andati alle urne avevano operato la scelta del partito da votare sulla scorta dei programmi presentati.
Con questa nuova edizione di una Große Koalition né la Union, Cdu e Csu, né la Spd hanno rispettato quanto avevano proclamato in sede elettorale.
Ci si rende conto che i tedeschi possono tollerare di tutto tranne che di non avere una guida che sia il loro punto di riferimento. Ma sembrerebbe emergere anche il fatto che non avevano votato per un governo di questo tipo.
A nostro personale parere, una cosa sono gli umori degli iscritti ai diversi partiti ed una totalmente differente gli umori degli elettori.
Sembrerebbe però abbastanza chiaro che le mutue concessioni intervenute tra Union ed Spd abbiano sostanzialmente snaturato il messaggio politico tipico di queste formazioni politiche.
Come conseguenza, ci si aspetterebbe un governo sostanzialmente incerto e debole.
Avremo modo di verificare nel corso delle prossime elezioni in Hessen ed in Baviera quanto gli Elettori condividano una tale scelta operazionale.
→ Deutsche Welle. 2018-03-04. Germany’s SPD members approve coalition with Angela Merkel’s conservatives
Germany’s chancellor will get a fourth term after her junior partners, the SPD, voted for a coalition deal. The new government could be in place in less than two weeks’ time, ending months of uncertainty.
More than five months after Germans went to polls in the September 24 national election, Germany will be getting a new government. The final hurdle was cleared when the Social Democratic Party (SPD) rank-and-file sanctioned the coalition deal party leaders had negotiated with Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
Sixty-six percent of party members who voted supported a continuation of the grand coalition, while 34 percent opposed it.
The results of a mail-in ballot among more than 450,000 SPD members were announced at party headquarters in Berlin on Sunday morning.
“This wasn’t an easy decision for the SPD,” said acting party chairman Olaf Scholz. “In the discussion [about the deal], we’ve come closer together. That gives us the strength for the process of renewal we are embarking upon.”
The coalition agreement can now be signed, and the Bundestag will elect Merkel chancellor of Germany for the 19th legislative period. It’s thought the vote will take place on March 14. It will be the third grand coalition in Merkel’s 13 years as German leader, but it only came about after efforts to form a coalition with the Greens and center-right Free Democrats (FDP) failed.
Former SPD chairman Martin Schulz initially ruled out another grand coalition and was forced to resign after he flip-flopped on the issue. Social Democratic leaders were persuaded to conclude another deal after winning key concessions from Merkel and the conservatives, including control of Germany’s powerful Finance Ministry.
Conservatives have already named their ministers in the new government, while Social Democrats are expected to announce their picks for the party’s six cabinet positions this week. Scholz did not comment about who would be filling the six ministerial positions, but he did say that the SPD team would consist of three men and three women and a mixture of familiar and new faces.
Social Democrats now need to heal old wounds
The decision about whether to form a new partnership with the conservatives divided Social Democrats, many of whom blame the SPD’s participation in grand coalitions for the party’s slide to historic lows in opinion polls. The yes campaign in the members’ vote was led by designated party chairwoman Andrea Nahles and acting party chairman Olaf Scholz, while the no camp was spearheaded by the head of the SPD’s youth wing, Kevin Kühnert.
Ahead of the vote, Kühnert repeatedly promised that he and other nay-sayers would respect the result of the members’ vote and would work with the party leadership if the rank-and-file decided to sanction a grand coalition.
The party leadership has said that Kühnert should play a greater role in the SPD in future and said that they were aware that many Social Democrats were unhappy about the direction of the party.
“We have understood the warning contained within the vote that we need to reform ourselves,” said deputy party chairman Ralf Stegner.
Opposition parties lob scorn via social media
The far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) mocked the SPD’s decision, predicting that the Social Democrat’s decline would continue when Germany holds its next national election.
“In 2021 at the latest, they’ll pay the price,” the party tweeted in a message that contained cartoons of Nahles and Merkel and the caption “four more nightmare years for Germany.”
The other parties were more respectful but hardly any more positive.
“The SPD voted as expected,” tweeted FDP General Secretary Nicola Beer. “They were more afraid of new elections than of being further marginalized in another Merkel coalition. Merkel’s worries are over. She stays in the Chancellery, but Germany is only moving sideways.”
Left Party co-chairwoman Katja Kipping wrote that the SPD and the conservatives were returning to the seats of power “weakened and apathetically.”
Green party co-chairwoman Annalena Baerbock commented: “It’s good that the political impasse is finally over. We’ll have to fill the holes regarding the climate, care for senior and child poverty from the parliament.”