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Doemens, Karl

Frankfurter Rundschau

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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 22/05/2013

SPD making costly promises for its birthday

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding this year. But even the left-liberal Frankfurter Rundschau, which is partially owned by the SPD Medien-Holding, is critical in its congratulations: "The SPD has always been a party of progress. But right now it is unable to hold out a persuasive promise for the future. That promise could for example be consistently turning our industrial society towards sustainable energy production. But the Greens have already claimed this topic as their own. The fight for a united Europe would also fit the bill. But the prospect frightens away the SPD's own customers. Originally the party comrades wanted to put education at the centre of its election manifesto [before this year's election]. … But now education is just one SPD theme among many. … The SPD has opened its traditional lucky bag and pulling out promises that cost billions of euros - from child benefit to house building to pensions. … In this way the comrades will merrily celebrate the party's birthday. But secretly they know that they won't be ushering in a new era yet."

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