Social Solidarity:
Will there soon be a cure for Merkel’s syndrome?

Are Angela Merkel’s days as a chancellor numbered? After the Jamaica bankruptcy, the Germans suddenly stand for a grand coalition – CDU with SPD. Who (apart from Merkel) seriously believed that the Greens and the FDP could be in the same room for more than ten minutes without puking?

Before you are getting sick now: The SPD has now suddenly learned something new in the pre-opposition that has been going on for a few weeks. Or more precisely: The Socis had something with “social” in the program. This was many, many years ago, but at that time – when the party was founded on 27 May 1875 in Gotha – the Socis found this little word so cute that they integrated it into their party name: ‚Social Democratic Party of Germany’. And the boys and girls of the SPD (although their vocabulary is rather moderate) still know the word „social” today. It’s just that – according to Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt – the exact meaning has been somewhat forgotten, though not as thoroughly as with the CDU.

Because, as you know, they have been having Merkel on their hands for many years and can, therefore, avoid social stuff. And those who have ‚made it over’ from the real existing socialism directly into the capitalist land of milk and honey for the wealthy, know exactly that the healthy greed of politicians can only be satisfied by the economy. And, as it is known, the German voter can’t remember anything from 12 to noon. At least the antisocial politics have already fallen victim to an ominous voter dementia after only a few months.

The SPD never had it easy with the Germans. Not back then, and certainly not now. Because, unfortunately, their hope for more voices is now called Martin Schulz, and he always looks as if he was about to cry. On the other hand, SPD faction vice-president Karl Lauterbach* has a good laugh, because his idea could actually bring victory to the SPD over the Merkel syndrome: Citizens’ insurance. If this social security policy is introduced, all income-taxable citizens will have to pay for it. This inevitably means the end of private health insurance that has so far been protecting the money of high earners.

Serious experts say that with the introduction of citizen’s insurance, all the problems encountered by German social security systems will soon become history. Of course, Merkel and the CDU only feel obligated to the privately insured, they are their loyal clientele. However, an election cannot be won without floating voters, and they are generally not private patients. So, if there are new elections, they will only be dominated by one topic: social solidarity!

Thus, Merkel and the party of high-income earners have a choice between the Devil and Beelzebub. The coalition with the SPD brings the dreaded citizen’s insurance, albeit presumably in a weaker form. But when it comes to new elections, the SPD will suddenly be able to mobilize the majority of the almost 40 percent of our non-voters. Then she may have the absolute majority, and Merkel and CDU will be sitting on the hard opposition benches…

*Dr. Med. Karl W. Lauterbach is a professor at the University Hospital Cologne and deputy leader of the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. Further Qualifications


Merkel within the opposition. Incidentally, she likes to wear her old bicycle lock from the GDR as a jewelery because she is firmly convinced that it brings her luck and also conceals her wrinkled neck. In reality, however, Merkel syndrome draws every attention…

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