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The big left-slip is small talk

Actually, the balance sheet is more than clear: The left-slip in the case of the national elections is historical. Never before since the introduction of proportional representation in 1919, there was such a marked shift in the political balance of forces. That is not enough: the spectrum at The left was in Switzerland at all, never been so strong as today, and not only in relation to the voters ' interests.

in the Council of States , the Left of high is an all-time high. This is often hidden, because the red-green camp had been here before the elections and more seats than in all the decades before. Now the chances are good that the Red-Green after the conclusion of all Elections, with 14 Seats in the Council of States surpasses the previous record again (here you will find the results for the Swiss Council of States elections).

The more strange is that the Left is advised in the current political debate is increasingly on the Defensive. Is not meant much more than just the reluctance of the Green in their struggle for a Federal Council seat. To the woman mood, in particular, the situation in the case of the social Democrats in the case of bears. The losses of the SP seem to have the green Be done to Rob somehow, the force.


The SP-crisis discourse that is currently outside of the party, but also within, makes one forget that the gains of the Green were three times greater than the social democratic losses. It is actually evident that such massive profits can't go on the Green without a trace in the SP is over – both parties fish, ultimately from the same pond.

The media table and the SP-party-goers in part, willingly recorded crisis discourse testifies to a distorted perception. Let us imagine for once, the left front of the ass would be the other way around: The social Democrats would have won in the national elections of 6.2 percentage points, and the Green 2 points lost. The self-consciousness in the left of the spectrum would be today, through the ceiling. While the green of the losses as collateral damage would be acceptable.

Our perception is distorted: The voters of the movements of the Great we to write more weight than those of the Small. This, although it is for the majority in the Parliament makes no difference whether SP or Green wins. It is a psychological effect with the opposite sign when the rise of the SVP significantly. So, for example, in 1999, as the legal party sensational won by 7.7 percentage points. At the time, was hardly to be borne in mind that more than half of these gains (4.4 points) were on account of the small rightwing parties. The landslide victory for the SVP outshone the losses of the freedom party and the Swiss Democrats, by far. Accordingly, the self-consciousness of the Right jumped back through the ceiling, and the SVP demanded with all the vehemence a second seat in the Federal Council.

Because the current left-slip has not been accompanied by a concentration of forces, it is less strongly perceived.

The seat was refused initially, the concentration of the right votes in a single party still had a disuasive effect: The sheer Size and concentrated power of the SVP group helped the right-wing conservative to a unique threat, which made the civic middle, although not always docile, but at least more and more despondent.

Little defenses against the left-slip

Because of the current on the left slip is not associated with a concentration of the forces, it is perceived as less strong and less threatening. This weakens the left threat and transported in a search of the social-democratic soul. However, it also diminishes the real political effect?

Perhaps the opposite is true: Precisely because the extent of the current left-slip on after the elections is always underestimated, he wakes up in the less defenses. This increases the Chance that he may unfold in the coming years in Parliament, operating quietly, his property, political action, with or without a green Federal Council.

Created: 19.11.2019, 10:24 PM

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