Socialist Worker

A boost for Merkel—and the left opposition

by Phil Butland
Issue No. 2372

The CDU party of German chancellor Angela Merkel increased its vote at last Sunday’s German election. But her coalition partner, the neoliberal FDP, lost all its MPs for the first time since 1948. Merkel’s popularity came from the relative stability of the growing economy. 

The SPD and Greens both lost votes since their last government attacked low paid workers and the unemployed. They have voted for German troops to be deployed abroad. And the union bureaucracy close to the SPD held back workers’ fights. 

Radical left party Die Linke also got fewer votes than last time after two years of infighting. But in the end it got almost 9 percent and will be the largest opposition party if, as expected, the CDU and SPD form a “grand coalition”. Protest movements will be strengthened by the three supporters of Marx21 magazine who are now Die Linke MPs.

The hard right, Ukip-style AFP party just failed to get into parliament at its first attempt. 

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