The Berlin left-wing MP Stefan Liebich had vigorously advertised the meeting of the SPD think tank. In Prenzlauer Berg on Wednesday last week this circle of the SPD parliamentary group met for the summer party, together with fellow campaigners from the Greens and the Left Party. For 15 years the circle has been fighting for a red-red-green rapprochement. This year, Rolf Mützenich (SPD), Anton Hofreiter (Greens) and Dietmar Bartsch (left) were represented by three parliamentary group leaders. The Saxon parliamentarian Caren Lay, which is traded as a possible successor to Sahra Wagenknecht, turned next to a number of other left-wing politicians around the round.
The news about the decision of the Bremen Greens to aim for the first red-red-green alliance in a western federal state burst in the middle of the party – and was greeted with applause from the representatives of all three parties. "We have to spread hope," said Bartsch to the party guests, a reference also to a possible left wing alliance in the Bund. Liebich is much more relaxed after the meeting than he was months ago, as far as the chances for # r2g are concerned, as the code for this constellation is called. Red-Red-Green is "completely disappointed" in the SPD, he says – and as an option more popular than the continuation of the Groko or a traffic light government. "There is a very different mood in the SPD, even if not all openly."
In the Green Group "the majority of the group wants to go to the left", Liebich believes. He also observes a shift in his own ranks: "The group of those who do not want that at all has become very, very small. Thanks to Sahra Wagenknecht, a large section of the left wing is more receptive to government participation. "
Alternative to the right-wing and the "boring Groko"
Caren Lay, formerly parliamentary vice, also advertises with passion for the constellation: "If the SPD and Left now come out of the kink, they can mobilize their electorate again better." As an alternative to the right-click and the "boring Groko" it needs a "social Vision". From the point of view of the left-wing politician, it was wrong to make the debate about a left-wing alliance dependent on the real poll numbers.
But would such an alliance work in terms of content? There are certainly intersections, for example with regard to the question of redistribution from top to bottom or socio-political questions such as saying goodbye to Hartz IV or basic child protection. Foreign and security policy is regularly cited as an obstacle.
Party leader Katja Kipping admits: "War missions are part of the dividing line. But perhaps our consistent peacekeeping is also an opportunity for the SPD and the Greens. "Because:" In the meantime, rumor has it that Nato is truly no value alliance. You just have to look at the actions of Trump and Erdogan. "Even among the experts in the SPD and the Greens, there is hardly anyone who defends the ongoing missions abroad with great enthusiasm. "Perhaps there are also the SPD and Greens the prospect of a reorientation, because in world politics has changed so much."
"The left coalition capable? No, "says strategist Michael Brie
This is also what Michael Brie, a research associate at the Institute for Social Analysis of the party-affiliated Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, sees this. He says: "The foreign policy differences are surmountable", there are "no unbridgeable obstacles". Certainly, a few points must be argued. But: "To support a further increase in military spending would be difficult for the Left Party, but also for the SPD." Basically, Brie thinks it's right that party leader Kipping put a change of direction on the agenda. It is about the use value of the party, "for the left really a question of survival".
The greatest problem is seen by strategists in the crisis of the SPD and the Left. Brie says both parties lack a strategic leadership. The left-wing parliamentary group was "deeply divided", even the party leaders were weakened by the current crisis. "If you ask if the left is able to coalition in its present condition, I would say no."