Comments on: German far-left politician launches ‘Stand up’ movement https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/german-far-left-politician-launches-stand-up-movement/ EU news and policy debates across languages Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:26:28 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/german-far-left-politician-launches-stand-up-movement/#comment-335703 Tue, 04 Sep 2018 07:54:47 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1267448#comment-335703 “A German far-left politician” Euractiv – please define “far-left”. The implication with such labels is that the “far-left” are somewhat extreme albeit not in the threatening way that the “hard-right” is. Furthermore, normalising “Mutty merkel” and her mob as centrist does you no favours.

The role of any government should be to ensure the right conditions for the existence of fairly paid jobs over the medium term for the majority of working age people. Before writing the commentary – it would have been helpful if you had read the EC’s “European Semester” Country Report Germany 2018 – it does not paint a pretty picture in terms of equality. Books such as the Spirit Level show that countries with less economic disparity between the “uppers & lowers” are better socially than those with more – Germany is heading towards greater disparity – which merkel & co seem happy with and which Wagenknecht and co are against. That does not sound to me like a “far-left” position – it sounds like a common sense and fair position.

Readers may recognise what follows:
Words will always retain their power
Words offer the means to meaning
And for those that will listen
The annunciation of truth
And the truth is – there is something terribly wrong with Germany

……..fairness, justice & freedom are more than words: they are perspectives.

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