Is Socialism Really Dead in Europe?
After the German Elections

Johnstone, Diana
Date Written:  2009-10-02
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX10896

With over 12 percent of the vote, the Left Party became Germany's fourth strongest, just ahead of the Greens. This was a promising score, considering the way the mildly left Left Party has been ostracized by media and the political class as though it were a reincarnation of the Bolsheviks. For the media, a party calling for a minimum wage and a pullout from Afghanistan is the "hard left" not fit to be associated with. The SPD and the Greens stressed that they would never consider a coalition with such disreputable folk.

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