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By Daniel Hough, Michael Koss, Jonathan Olsen

This is often the 1st ebook in both English or German to examine the improvement of Germany's most modern political celebration, the Left social gathering. It compares and contrasts the party's improvement with that of Germany's such a lot famous outsider occasion - the vegetables. It additionally analyses the party's functionality in place of work in japanese German L?¤nder. ultimately, the ebook additionally places the merger among the PDS and the WASG lower than the microscope sooner than speculating at the party's destiny customers.

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The party hoped to poll 5 per cent of the votes (while being confident of winning enough constituencies to re-enter parliament even if it was unable to) and it eagerly awaited the Land election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which was to take place on the same day. This was a time of great anticipation. Internal dissent was still evident, particularly towards the PDS’s attitude to government participation, but the party had nonetheless stabilised itself as a serious actor that had at least a medium-term future.

11 Another core tenet of the PDS policy agenda was that of placing the slippery issue of social justice on the political map. Claims of ‘social injustice’ rang particularly true in eastern Germany where many citizens were dissatisfied with their allegedly shabby treatment at the hands of the new republic. The emphasis in speeches and policy papers on social justice became even more pronounced after the 1998 federal election when Gerhard Schröder’s SPD/Green government took over the reins of power and found itself faced with the need to make tough decisions in government.

The PDS attempted, unsurprisingly, to broaden its appeal; its election manifestos made nods to the western German left, the pacifist movement, environmentalism, feminism and eastern German interests. The PDS possessed precious few activists and resources to push its ideas forward in the western states, but it was well anchored in eastern Germany and was hopeful, at the very least, of improving on its performances of 1990. The PDS also hit upon the clever idea of persuading leading (socialist) personalities to front its campaigns; some of whom were anything other than supporters of the SED.

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