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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Serious question: When will the US start taking in asylum seekers ? on: August 27, 2015, 08:18:22 am
Isn't "asylum seeker" a genuine European judicial status, that doesn't apply to the US? Or are there similar terms and states?
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Merkel running for 4th term on: August 04, 2015, 09:10:10 am
I think the "Die Linke is nowhere near a left social democrat party" is way overblown in this thread.

Initially the Greens drew their support from socialist to conservative ecologist and pacifist groups and other "new social movements" and also happened to be a vacuum-cleaner for many of the small "communist" groups of the seventies (the so called K-Gruppen) that wanted to do serious politics, now. What came out of these processes happened to be left of the SPD at least until the nineties.

Left labour movements were also part of this, but these issues have become much less important over time as the original, often well educated supporters have become older and more affluent and the Greens have tried to reach out more to the "political center". Today "socialism" is a fringe view inside the Greens. To use the forum meme, as a broad generalization the party as a whole they are socially more liberal, but fiscally more conservative then the SPD, today.

The Left is a more complicated beast. In the east they represent old GDR nostalgists, kind of higly educated, middle-aged people, dissatisfied with the socioeconomic results of the German unification, marginalised people to some extent and youngish left-wing activist people.
When in government they have acted as pragmatic left-wing social democrats.

In the West they represent the remnants of the 70ies "New Left", dissatisfied left-wing Social Democrats and Greens, marginalised people to some extent, youngish activists and weird left-wing fringe groups.

3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: July 19, 2015, 02:32:06 pm
"Alliance for Progress & Decampment"
Isn't "Incampment" more in line with their ideology? ;-)
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Scenario for Germany 2017 on: July 15, 2015, 01:47:35 am
The polls haven't changed much since the election in 2013 (with the exception of the AfD wave which is at least over for now). There is no reason, they will change much if they haven't despite of NSA, NSU, Ukraine, Greece, refugees, TTIP, data retention, minimum wage, pensions reform ( in the opposite direction as the same government forces Greece to go, btw) etc.

According to the polls around 60 per cent are satisfied with the government's stance in the negotiations with Grece and 25 per cent say, they are too soft. Of the remaining 15 per cent, most are already voting Left, Greens or to some extent SPD. Not much room to grow on this issue for the Left.

Of course, the government would become unpopular if they had to put through harsh austerity measures in Germany. "Pro-austerity" would dwindle, but on the other hand many would claim it's the fault of "greedy asylum moochers" and the electoral consequences would be dire.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: July 13, 2015, 03:44:11 pm
Btw how is the new LITERALLT STALIN government doing in Thuringia?

(Also, the tail-end of the Green government of BW?)
It's working quite smoothly. No gulags and mass executions reported by now. Also key industries like bratwurst manufacturers still in private ownerhsip.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: July 13, 2015, 03:41:19 pm
but very little has changed to the structure of the economy, which is why the housing market looks like it is overheating again.
Looks like most of the Spanish "economic revocery" is because of a new real estate bubble, too.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: July 08, 2015, 02:29:05 pm
Lucke has now officially left the party.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tolerance on: July 07, 2015, 02:48:08 am
Not to split some skull over each difference of opinion is an obvious freedom concept. It has its limits, of course.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: July 07, 2015, 12:42:29 am
Well, then, why Die Republikaners never had any success?
Three times in state parliaments (2x Baden-WŁrttemberg, once Berlin), once in European parliament isn't "never had any success". The fate of the Reps was marred by the two big i of German right wing parties: incompetence and infighting. The infighting, of course, has to do with German history and the basic question weither or at least how near they wanted to be to outright Nazis. It's the same basic question that is splitting the AfD now.

This was twenty to twenty-five years ago, though. So opinions in the population can shift over time. European integration was much less dense, then. The potential of the Volksparteien, especially of the SPD to integrate broad parts of the population (socially and politically) is in decline. (Related to the CDU this is overshadowed by the Merkel effect).

10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Anti-Germans on: July 03, 2015, 10:38:25 am
Weird sectarians with a hard-on for US and Israeli right wing warmongers and for Sir Arthur Harris. HP.
11  General Discussion / History / Re: Surreal moments in political history on: June 28, 2015, 02:07:54 am
Whoever is right on the details, the events of the last week leading to the Greek referendum should count.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Atlas Civil War on: June 17, 2015, 03:11:01 am
Where can I find the base camps of the other forces (undecided militiaman) *g*
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which country will legalize gay marriage next? on: June 01, 2015, 06:27:21 am
Finland. Germany is also in the realm of possibility.
As the only major differences between "Ehe" und "Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft" are adoption rights and the name now, but the latter being of high symbolic value for the CDU it won't happen. In case of adoption right, the Constitutional Court will strike again, soon, on it's path to marriage equality (they have done it several times before).
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics on: May 27, 2015, 05:25:47 am
But if we just shut out everyone past a certain amount, those poor people will still have no place to go.

So where would you draw the line? A million or perhaps two? How about doubling Austria's population? Anyway, they have plenty of places to go...it's not like they didn't cross other EU (or safe) countries on their way to Austria.

Exactly. I support the current system which is outfitted to house some 15.000-25.000 asylum seekers, but not the 60.000 that are expected this year without creating problems for municipalities
So let us drown them all in the Mediterranian?
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Willy Brandt on: May 19, 2015, 04:02:02 pm
Obviously the best German chancellor!
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1968 General Election - Austrian Election Series on: May 16, 2015, 04:15:07 pm
What's the parties' viewpoint on the Prague Spring and its aftermath?
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Liberal Democrat leadership election, 2015 on: May 13, 2015, 01:08:22 am
Telegraph is reporting that Tim Farron wants to change the party's name to "the Liberals".

Why not change it to "the Liberal Party", like old?

Because the old Liberal Party still exists.
But wouldn't the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998 prohibit "The Liberals" as well?
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: May 10, 2015, 09:38:50 am
It seems that turnout now has caught up with the 2011 numbers, a bit. Weather was supposed to be better in the afternoon, so many voters probably have been taking that into account scheduling their planned voting time. Looks more 52ish now.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1949 General Election - Austrian Election Series on: April 07, 2015, 12:26:30 pm
÷VP (normal)
Why on earth?
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 3 Least Favorite Sports Teams on: April 03, 2015, 05:54:09 am
1. "Rasenballsport" "Leipzig"
2. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
3. Lazio Rom
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Daylight Savings on: March 12, 2015, 07:58:54 am
Daylight savings time should be kept. Standard time should of course be abolished.

Yeah, this.
This would mean: No light for me in my part of the world in the winter before 9 am. THAT's just insane.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tits vs. Ass on: March 12, 2015, 07:54:54 am
I'm all about the ass
To be honest, the "lyrics" of this "song" still sound like "It's all about airbags" to me, so probably boobs. ;-)
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite country starting with "A"? on: February 20, 2015, 11:27:32 am
Austria starts with ÷!
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 20, 2015, 02:07:36 am
Also, I've heard it said that Moses did write the part where he died as well.
So did Moses actually fake his death and is still alive? ;-)
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you listen to a genre of music that's difficult to explain to people? on: February 19, 2015, 05:14:24 pm
The need of distinction intrinsic to fans of hardcore punk to define a new subgenre for each and every band and its five listeners is quite insane.
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