The End Of The European Left

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    Decent Newsweek article outlining the significant shift from European style liberalism not just in Germany, but throughout Europe proper...

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    After German Elections, the End of an Era for the European Left

    Stefan Theil

    The left has already splintered or self-destructed in Italy and France. This weekend it was Germany's turn. The election that awarded German chancellor Angela Merkel a second term Sunday night saw a huge shift of power away from the country's Social Democrats, continuing the steady dissolution of the European Left--those great labor and social democratic parties that dominated European politics for so many decades. The SPD hemorrhaged one third of its voters from the last election in 2005, dropping from 34 percent then to 23 percent now, by far the worst result for the party in post-war history, and the biggest plunge for any party in a national election. Many of the SPD's voters deserted it for the more radical Left Party, which polled 12 percent with a campaign slogan of wealth for everybody.

    For the last four years, German chancellor Angela Merkel has been shackled by an unwieldy power-sharing agreement between her Christian Democrats and the rival SPD. The SPD's implosion allows Merkel to form a new coalition, ruling instead with her preferred allies, the pro-business Free Democrats, who together received enough votes to form a majority. Both parties have promised tax cuts and business-friendly reforms. But they face a huge pile up of urgent problems, including a banking system that has more toxic debt per capita than the U.S., the deepest collapse in German GDP since the Second World War, and a spiral of government debt.

    That leaves only two left-of-center parties hanging onto power in major European countries, for now. Britain's Labour government under Gordon Brown may soon follow the SPD into opposition. That would leave Spain's Socialist Prime Minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, as the last great leftist standing.


    Wealth of Nations : After German Elections, the End of an Era for the European Left
     
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    Zappy got into power due to Al Qaeda blowing the hell out of Madrid, that is a government that long has needed to go extinct.
     
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    And it likely will within the coming year - their economy is in tatters...
     
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    You ain't seen nothin' yet... As the economic results of Leftist policy collides with the entitlement mind set that has long since set to seed... you're going to see a cultural schism the likes of which haven't been seen since pitchforks and laterns.

    With the Left having crushed the central CA farms and a fair segment of the US corn belt feeding ECO-fuels... the bread basket is at risk and all that's necessary to topple that cart is a few years of drought; to add stress to yet another 'unintended consequence' of Leftist policy... when they come to the rescue there, with cries of CLIMATE CHANGE! and produce some apocalyptic legislation... we shouldn't be too fair from a timely famine and I suspect that the addled-minds of Euro-stan will be ripe for some good old time religion... and given that there isn't much of Christianity left in Europe, that leaves a wonderful opportunity for Islam to really get going; and given their penchant for 'good works' and caring for the NEEDY... Presto... it's ON! Crazy assed Euro-trash contesting Western governance with the fervor of a convert...

    It is going to be a bloodbath... and there won't be enough of America remaining to do a damn thing but watch it burn.

    Should be a gas...
     
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    Damn...
     
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    PP was already cruising to defeat due to the corruption scandals swirling.
     
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    Portugal returned the Socialists. And British Labour isn't socialist nor left, it's Tory Lite.
     
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    Its about as accurate as all the recent "Death of Conservatism in America" articles.
     
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    Its more about the recession, just as the GoP was tagged with it, many of the incumbent Euro govs are getting that backlash.
     
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    apparently not Merkel, though.
     

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