Comments on: Ghosts of Germany’s communist past return for election http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Oscar Lima http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6416 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 14:32:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6416 August 31st, 2009 1:16 pm GMT – Posted by hugo schneider

“Not every eastern german politician is a communist.”

Indeed, we’ve noticed how the far-right (to use a polite term) has made gains in the ex-DDR inland.

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By: hugo schneider http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6326 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:16:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6326 Not every eastern german politician is a communist. Don’t forget that the eastern german people wanted democratic rights and the unification. Some politicians that were fighting for democracy in eastern germany are still there. But it’s true that many former SED- and MfS- members haven’t changed their undemocratic opinions untill today. They talk about the “Systemfrage”, which basically meens that they think that we need a system different from that described in our Grundgesetz (constitution, if you want to call it like that). Of course that meens they want the good old dictatorship back they’ve grown up with.

Bye the way, the article misses one point: The SPD is talking with the Linke because it’s losing voters from the working class. It has nothing to do with the Linke being accepted in western germany, it’s about the SPD not being accepted because there are today very few differences between SPD and CDU. There’s no need today for the SPD, as sadly as it is.

Greetings from (eastern 😉 ) Berlin.
(Oh, and don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not voting the left, neither SPD nor Linke or the Greens.)

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By: Oscar Lima http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6323 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:07:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6323 Great (not Big) Debate, that is.

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By: Oscar Lima http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6322 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:05:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6322 August 30th, 2009 7:04 am GMT – Posted by Gheorghe Anton

“Every East German politician older than 40 has its roots in the communist past.”

LOL, that would include a desperate Angela Merkel, who is witnessing another safe victory of hers turning into defeat.

The problem with the good old CDU is that they still live with a 20th century world view whereby the “Left” is behind the wall and the “Right” is on this side.

If they “accuse” (or more funnily “suspect”) the Linke to have Communists in its ranks, they should be weary as the CDU has *former* Communists, who have smelled the wind of opportunity, (former?) Nazis as well (cf. Josef Scheungraber)!!!

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By: Oscar Lima http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6321 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:54:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6321 Why is this under “The Big Debate (UK)”, should it be “The Big Debate (DE)”? (Or if you really want to make it more “worldly”, then “The Big Debate (EU)”.)

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By: Erik Kirschbaum http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6315 Sun, 30 Aug 2009 18:50:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6315 The results tonight came in as expected with the SPD and Left winning enough to form new leftish governments in Saarland and Thuringia states. http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews  /idUSTRE57T1I020090830

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By: Gheorghe Anton http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6309 Sun, 30 Aug 2009 06:04:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6309 Every East German politician older than 40 has its roots in the communist past. I don’t see why we should POINT specific persons as former communists, when ALL those aged >40 are in this category?

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By: Antonio MAGALHAES http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/08/28/ghosts-of-germanys-communist-past-return-for-election/comment-page-1/#comment-6280 Sat, 29 Aug 2009 13:36:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2993#comment-6280 DEMOCRACY TAKES LOTS OF PATIENCE AND REQUIRES TIME. AND HONESTY, LOTS OF HONESTY!

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