posted on Aug, 6 2005 @ 05:32 AM
I would guess that depends on the outcome of the Septembe elections and what happens to the SPD afterwards. I´ve heard numerous reports about the big
parties´ thinking about forming a grand coalition (SPD and CDU) to regain some stability AND to keep the more extreme (to either side) parties in
check. This is possible because during the last 2 legislature periods the SPD somehow moved to away from certain traditionally social democratic ideas
more into the middle of the political spectrum (from a german political point of view).
If it happens that the CDU will be able to take over the government alone or rather with a lesser coalition party, the SPD has to face a decision as
to whether continue its current path or to try and get back to its traditional values. In that case they could slice a chunk out of the new
"Linkspartei" (literally: Left Party
). In any case the Linkspartei would need some years to consolidate, eventually in some years it will lose
the support of those supporters that use it as means to protest and has to focus on those followers that really carry their agenda.