By mid-November Germany will almost certainly be governed by a “Grand Coalition” involving Christian Democrats and Social Democrats. The programme of this government is a foregone conclusion, the same old recipe of privatisations and cuts. For now the bosses are happy with this, but this government is preparing the ground for a greater radicalisation on the left similar to what we saw back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
greater instability in Germany than ever before in post-war
history. Both big parties, the Social Democrats
(SPD) and Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) lost considerably. The virtual deadlock
is caused by the fact that after a short and very polarised election campaign
both camps failed to get anywhere near a majority of seats.
elections have produced what amounts to a hung parliament. There is a strong
element of class polarisation in German society, which is reflected in these
elections results. Of particular interest is the emergence of the Left Party,
which did very well in the historic bastions of the PDS but also picked up a
reasonable vote in what was the former “affluent” West.