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The SP, the Power and the kebab stand

In Zurich, is circulating a story about the social Democrats, whose Plot could be taken from a comic book. They are from a party, discovered after the election victory in the spring that she has super powers. And that now threatens to roll through the urban policy, such as the Hulk, when the temper goes with it. A red social-the Hulk, on the body of the shreds of a T-shirt with the print: "For all rather than for few".

So the story wound up to the sounds of During a hundred days in the autumn, she seemed to many to be plausible. It is the day in which Zurich discussed a stadium were, as if it were a question of fate.

days, in which the resolute stadium opponent Jacqueline Badran came like a force of nature on the SP delegates in the White Wind and the own city, the President rhetorically from the room into his lungs.

days, in which the Elite of the Zurich lesser extent, the free zuredete in a Guild house nervous courage: We should win this vote absolutely, or else to give in the SP in the future, fundamentalists set the tone, with which you'll not even about the weather agreed. Mission: "stop the Hulk."

A question, a coffee

If you wanted to know during those days, who was in Zurich to SP for a more moderate policy of compromise and consensus, you got to hear often a name that tells only the least of something: Jean-Daniel Strub. This 43-year-old local Council knocked on the door a year ago, once at the "Tages-Anzeiger", because he found the comment in a diagnosis of the rise of drunkenness and lack of compromise, the SP next to it. He said, however, let it say hardly. Instead, he asked a question: "How are you actually?"

a coffee soon became clear, as were strange to him, personally, the attributes that were ascribed to the city of Zurich SP. Strub is the anti-thesis of the Hulk. No one who fills with his presence in a room, and enemy roars. Reserved, polite, seriously. Type researchers in the Humanities – and indeed Jean-Daniel Strub of professional ethicists. One of his main scientific areas are: peace theory.

The compromise averse?

Strub contended that his party is consensus-oriented as claimed. So you have found during a brief, pragmatic lunch with the FDP party President Severin Pflüger, a common attitude to day-school template. A substantial compromise with the FDP on the subsidisation of houses of culture: on the one Hand, you've secured the budget for Culture, on the other hand, the cuts accepted in the event that the municipal budget would be out of joint.

Just went under all of this soon, in the bluster of the election campaign. And then, because the SP had greatly increased, and the Left in the municipal Council a majority. All the more remarkable that Strub has his Argument, in the meantime, even strengthened: "We have never worked so much in a nonpartisan way together since the elections," he says.

A very different tone than in the Council

representatives of other parties, drawing to the end of the year, an ambivalent image of the SP. Many are not really smart from your. It is on the case, in fact, that you don't try, sometimes even to the shoulder-circuits across the center, if you would mathematically not necessary. There are numerous consensus-oriented SP-a representative, in addition to Strub, among other things, group chief Davy Graf or SP-Co-President Marco Denoth, tried for conversation. Substantial results were, however, relatively scarce. It could also be that the SP strategize only to the left and the right negotiating partners to play off against each other.

Pascal Lamprecht. Dialogue and willingness to compromise are important to him, says the SP-municipal Council from Altstetten. "I agree, in many essential matters with the representatives of other parties, because life in the city that connects us, we can remember quietly." He tells of discussions with a very different tone than the weekly theatre in the Council chamber, where the politicians remain consistent in their role.

After the session into the Flash

There are in Zurich, in addition to the Foyer of the town hall, a variety of meeting places, where politicians are found together in a relaxed atmosphere for informal discussions. For example, on the gold course and fountain. Where the local councils from the districts 3 and 9, insert after the Council meetings, sometimes making a stop before their paths separate. "Flash" is above the door of the store, inside, music videos, and one on the wall nailed, pike gasping for the air that is heavy with the endless rotating kebab spit. In this unpretentious frame representatives of all the parties, according to Lamprecht in conversation and have time to listen to each other. So you find common positions.

solid evidence, which can demonstrate the SP-municipal councils for this year only a few: a GLP-push for "Free-Floating car sharing" about that you with a detail change a majority have done, or a right for all city dwellers, from the age of 12, political concerns. It much be but on the Run, they say.

Has won the Juso influence?

SP-group head count does not dispute, that has changed with the elections. His party is looking to broad-based solutions for the long term. At the same time you must respect but also the mandate from the electorate, the coming in of the left-wing majority. "It is our task to find the way between these two poles." There are issues for the voters so Central that you make little concessions. "The housing, for example, because we are not waiting for the others."

The consensus politicians from the SP contradict the impression that emerged during the stadium debate: that, more recently, left outer-positions will determine the course. The former party Chairman and current national councillor for Min Li Marti remembers that it was in their time a violent internal conflicts – but it needs to be managed better to make this not open to the public. Your brief analysis: "The SP has not been on the electoral success prepared and had first to find in their new role." In this Situation, Juso had won-embossed young people from the senior management to influence, which had distinguished itself in the election campaign, with above average use.

short-term pop effects

Similar to the other parties. There is no organized left SP to detect the wing, the challenge, the more moderate Establishment, say representatives of the FDP, GLP, or AL. But there were a couple of young "Campaigner-types", where the short-term pop effect is closer than the big lines and the find in the media more than the average attention. More than the Strubs, Graf's and Lamprechts, the build persistently small bridges. But they continue to do so. Late in the evening, in the Flash-Kebab, where no one is looking.


Created: 23.12.2018, 19:23 PM

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