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Pravda - Slovakia | Monday, November 4, 2013

Europe's left lacks charismatic leaders

Europe's left has not been blessed with charismatic leaders, the left-leaning daily Pravda commenting on the leader of the victorious Social Democrats in the Czech parliamentary election, Bohuslav Sobotka, and his internal party opponents: "Naturally, politicians like Bruno Kreisky, Willy Brandt or François Mitterrand aren't born too often. And they too had their adversaries. But they were authorities in their parties and were popular also among the leftist voters abroad. Who in Europe knows anything about Werner Faymann or Frank-Walter Steinmeier today? Even if the Social Democrats in Austria or Germany are now seeking coalition governments, their results in the September elections were among the worst in history. François Hollande may still be president but his popularity with the voters has sunk dramatically. As long as the Social Democrats programmatically present themselves at best as coalition partners no Superman will come along to save them."

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