Who, if not the international social-democracy, should be in Europe for a new start? This is the first thought that comes, if you look at Europe's political Trends from Brussels. A new dawn, bell-tower, is at the same time, the challenge is to decide on the future of the German SPD.
From a Brussels point of view it is fighting often to the hair, to see how the national debates are fixed, in Germany. In the past few weeks, that was also in the SPD noticeably. Media speculations against the current party leadership are obviously fired again and again, from the inside, a former party chief and the former Chancellor. The impression, as if it were purely German, self-made, caused a quasi-imprisonment for debt, or even in terms of personnel attributable to problems of social democracy. How short-sighted, as banal thought!
New justice deficits
observe can be the same parallel in the case of many social democratic parties in Europe. Especially social changes, and new justice deficits have since. The growing gap between rich and Poor, the immigration problem, the General individualization: it refers to global processes. The more important European, networked Thinking and a common strategy beyond the national level. The fact others are waiting for the social-democratic parties in Europe: the SPD completed their self-reflection, their policy approach is re-expanded, and international hosting. You stop talking yourself.
The truth is this: In the Federal government, and also in many German state governments, the social Democrat inside and social Democrats in the asset. The true scandal in the German party system is that the Conservatives of the right-wing populists to drift or submerge, when it comes to design. As a result, the public debate in Germany has shifted significantly in recent years to the right. Only a self-conscious SPD could stop this Trend.
Too often has the impression that smaller issues are more important to her than the Shape of the basic direction of German policy. For this reason, the direction it goes in the case of elections, also in may in the European elections. It is the great Alternative in between backward-looking national policy on the one hand, and socially engaged openness to the world on the other.
Internal jealousies exit
The SPD needs to set out more clearly how divided and action are incapable of become the Conservative. The internal jealousies and extra trips have to be by wing or by individual country associations - ended. The party leadership tried, but not all, of the Board seem to be. This distracts from the weakness of the Conservatives.
This weakness will be permanent. On the basis of the EPP on the European level, meanwhile, will make it clear how conservative policies to a game of power stunted, and the contents remain. The CDU and the CSU have demonstrated in Germany in the refugee debate, nothing else. To fawn on the one hand, Viktor Orbán, and, on the other hand, is open to the world rule this country want: they don't go together, no perspective for the future. It is the job of the SPD to make this again and again to the theme. You are not missing out on your Chance, if you vordenkt now the next Phase of German and European policy, and looking ahead
Serious concept for the future
The Era Merkel is, in fact, to the end. Even if the Chancellor is still in office, going by her impulses – and no one expected more. The European elections in 2019, provides the SPD the opportunity to advertise with a fresh and at the same time, serious concept for the future with new confidence to back the European horizon in the center and to establish a new claim to leadership against the next candidate for Chancellor, or the Chancellor candidate of the CDU.
The programmatic foundations. Work AND environmental, economic AND social Affairs: in the past, as many other European social democratic parties, the SPD had recognized that good policy needs to overcome old antagonisms. Radical pragmatism means: principles and objectives make it clear and then clear steps. Innovative, with a fresh approach, but in terms of content, reliably and clear. A Europe that moves something: The SPD should make this your project, the need is there.want More back to the topic
social-Democrats and the SPD to the leftPaul Starzmann
Udo Bullmann, is parliamentary leader of the social Democrats in the European Parliament, and Co-lead candidate for the European elections.