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A social-democratic decade ahead?


Now Austria’s SPÖ too has left its competitors far behind, Robert Misik asks: is the Zeitgeist moving to the left? Respekt für ihn : Pamela Rendi-Wagner, visiting the Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin—this from her Instagram account—is one of the new generation (and gender) assuming the mantle of social-democratic leadership At the beginning of the year, the newly elected co-chair of the German SPD, Lars Klingbeil, said success in last September‘s Bundestag elections was one thing—but what was really at stake was a ‘social-democratic decade’. Nothing less than a new, formative era should begin when Olaf Scholz became chancellor .

This may sound a bit pompous and overblown but there are more unbiased observers who believe a social-democratic Zeitgeist is possible. Let’s take a look at the European political picture. Social hegemony

Social-democratic parties are in government across Scandinavia—in Sweden , Finland , Norway and Denmark —with the majority of prime-ministerial posts held by a new generation of women. Social democrats are also in power in Germany and the Iberian peninsula.

In Portugal the charismatic António Costa is something of a role model for a social democracy which can not only secure strategic political majorities but also establish a social […]

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