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304 | 19.01.2018

Germany and the loss of political trust


Vertrauen ist ein hohes Gut, ob im Leben, an der Börse oder in der Politik. Vertrauen kann man auch verspielen und verlieren. Das gilt auf besondere Weise in der Politik.  

Vertrauensverlust in die deutsche Politik ist das Thema von Mathew D. Rose, der nicht nur investigativer Journalist und Historiker, sondern auch einer der Herausgeber von BRAVE NEW EUROPE ist. -

"Although nearly four months have passed since the national election, Germany still hasn’t formed a government. The Dutch, with their complicated coalition process, may find this normal, but for Germans it certainly isn’t. Initially it seemed feasible that chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian partner Christian Social Union (CSU) could form a coalition with the Liberals (FDP) and the Greens. After these talks collapsed, German mainstream media, proclaimed that Germany’s political system looks more like Greece’s or Italy’s. In Germany a more vitriolic insult does not exist.

Meanwhile, perversely, many Germans seem to be warming to the idea of not having an active government, only a caretaker one –the so-called grand coalition, between the CDU/CSU and the Social Democrat SPD, which they had emphatically voted out of office in September. The unexpected advantage of this is that there is less bad news. German governments in recent decades have tended to pass laws that are against the interests of their citizens and more in favour of large corporations and the nation’s wealthiest 1%. ..."

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Germany and the loss of political trust