Little Brown Spots

The Frankfurter Allgemeine, whose web site could generally be better organized, gets it right in their main comments on the election of extreme right candidates to state legislatures in Saarland, Brandenburg and Saxony:

We hope the debate that the two big parties were at each other’s throats about after the election in Saarland will not be revived: Who strengthened the extreme right? The SPD, with its program of socio-political insecurity, or the Union [CDU-CSU], which withdrew when things got serious? This debate leads nowhere, because the truth is that voters strengthened the NPD – primarily notorious usual non-voters – and voters will make them weak again, when the profiteers of popular anger have made sufficient fools of themselves

(Rough and ready translation, original is below the fold.)

Hoffentlich lebt jetzt nicht noch einmal die Debatte auf, mit der sich die beiden Volksparteien nach der Wahl im Saarland gegenseitig an die Gurgel gegangen sind: Wer hat die extreme Rechte stark gemacht – die SPD mit ihrem sozialpolitischen Verunsicherungsprogramm oder die Union, die sich davon absetzte, als es ernst wurde? Diese Debatte f?hrt zu nichts, denn die Wahrheit ist: W?hler haben die NPD stark gemacht – ?berwiegend sogar notorische Nichtw?hler; W?hler werden sie wieder schwach machen, wenn die Profiteure des Volkszorns sich hinreichend blamiert haben.

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Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.

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