German Federal Elections: Chauvinistic Identity Policies Outperform Left Economic Alternatives

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1493 .... October 5, 2017
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German Federal Elections:
Chauvinistic Identity Policies Outperform Left Economic Alternatives

Ingo Schmidt

Conservatives: Overestimating their Popularity

"For a Germany in which we live well and happily." Maybe it was just this less than catchy campaign slogan that cost Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU so dearly at the polls; leaving the party at a record low of 26.8 per cent of the total vote. What is more likely, though, is that the slogan was better at revealing chancellor Merkel’s state of mind -- something like: A Germany that should be happy that I govern it so well -- than capturing the mood of many of her erstwhile supporters. The conservatives had little sense that terrorism and refugee hysteria were much more than media spectacles. The hysteria... indicates how much the so-glad-it’s-not-as-bad-as-elsewhere mood that helped to elect Merkel in the aftermath of the Great Recession and after the Euro-crisis had given way to a much more pessimistic zeitgeist. Locked into the corridors of power, Merkel and her party underestimated the shift from positive to negative outlooks amongst significant parts of the electorate.

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