German Elections: The Bourgeoisie Prepares For The Coming Storms

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German Elections: The Bourgeoisie Prepares For The Coming Storms
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This is a much needed

This is a much needed analysis of the German national situation finally available in English translation. An analysis of the "social market" model is very important, as it is trumpted by leftisits elsewhere as a genuine alternative to "neo-liberal" capitalism. I was still a little confused by a few things. its seeems like there was a partial "neo-liberalization" under the previous SPD government, but that this still did not undercut the basic structures of the "social market" model? Do I have that right? Was it the "wage dumping" of the Schroeder period that prepared the ground for the Merkel adminsitration as a kind of protest vote? But the particular position of German capital now allows it to slow down the attacks against the working-class, which allows Merkel to maintain support? Why has German capital been able to avoid making further attacks, even in the aftermath of having to bail out much of the southern tier of states? Will this eventually come back to bite the German bourgeoisie making it necessary to enact further austerity?

It is interesting that, so far at least, Germany has been the particular national captial best able to whither the storm in the aftermath of 2007. This seems true on both the economic and political levels. In contrast to to the political turmoil unfolding in the US, the so-called hung parliament in the UK, the back and forth of competing protest votes in France, the scandal ridden Conservative government in Canada, etc. Germany seems to be a model of stability and continuity. How much longer can it keep this up? Is the "social market" model a particular strategy for managing the crisis or will it eventually have to give way to neo-liberal auterity as well? Is it possible that austerity can be enacted within this model? To what degree?