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New bourgeois party before it was founded: How to prevent it from unraveling

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As if the country didn’t already have enough challenges to overcome. No, now a new party is being founded in the bourgeois-conservative political spectrum, the “Alliance Germany”. And there could be another one on the left if Sahra Wagenknecht breaks away from her current one, the Left Party. In both cases, dissatisfaction with the status quo would be the driving force. That can be a strong one.

How far does he carry? Sometimes far away, on the left and the right, it can be seen on the extreme right: The Left Party and the AfD stay on the political spectrum with varying degrees of success. And weren’t the Greens a symbol of a diversification out of displeasure with the policies of the existing political groups decades ago? You’ve come a long way.

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So now “Alliance Germany” is organized from former members and officials of the CDU, CSU and Free Voters, from conservatives, in the “Christian-Democratic-Liberal Platform” or the “Civil-Free Awakening”.

They don’t want to be simply on the right, the demarcation from the AfD is important to those who have been heard so far. There are only rumors about a Wagenknecht party, more radically pacifist, more radically socialist, supported by the former Left Party founder Oskar Lafontaine.

When parties become opponents – see USA

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Basically, it’s like this: In our democracy, parties play a prominent role in political decisions – they delegate personnel to and for politics. So far, so important, so functional. The downside can be the split in the representative office: when two parties become opponents, as can be seen in the USA, or the spectrum splinteres, frays.

Israel is the latest example of how difficult it can be to form a lasting majority out of many small parties with overly strong clientele that are often newly formed.

Israel’s fragmented party landscape makes it difficult to form a majority in the Knesset.
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All this does not have to be a horror for Germany. The Federal Republic is not Weimar, to use a catchphrase from the early years of the last century, the political system is far from fragmented.

Proportional representation is tried and tested, and stability is not immediately threatened when what is happening in the world happens: social differentiation can be followed by political representation. However, preventing fraying calls for new thinking and changed action.

It becomes more difficult to balance the desires, in other words: coalitions of several succeed when politicians, regardless of their size, want to shape things together as partners among equals. As? Through more public discourse and public consultation, through citizen participation in public communication and the interaction of discussion and decision-making processes.

This can already be seen in the federal government. And citizen participation, such as participatory budgeting or municipal construction planning, shows that input from citizens increases the output of politics.

In this respect, red-green-yellow is a future-oriented foil. With a new political style that is not just claimed, this alliance can make a significant contribution to ensuring that the existing system does not fray. This responsibility should also be a strong driver.

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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