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Cristovam Buarque: And now what, Merkel?

Senator Cristovam Buarque, Ph.D. former professor and Rector of the Universidade de Brasilia. Former governor of Brasilia - Federal District - from 1995 to 1998. Former Minister of Education between 2003 and 2004. Was elected senator by the Federal District in 2002 to this date. He is a member of the Brazil Monitor Editorial Council


by Senator Cristovam Buarque

The victory of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party shows that she is the great leader in today’s transforming world. It also shows that the German elector does not reject his responsible economic policy and his generosity in relations with immigrants. But the reduction in the number of voters in her party and the growth of the neo-Nazi party, gaining the right to participate in the Bundestag, the German Parliament, points to the exhaustion of the flags and the party of Frau Merkel.

With the growth of immigration to Europe, with country rebellions against the European Economic Community, growing unemployment, economic crises, the depletion of state finances and cuts in social spending, it will become increasingly difficult to re-elect the proposal that Merkel symbolizes. She herself acknowledged that, saying that the electorate sent a message and her party needs to review its positions to recover lost voters. With that speech, she showed her greatness, because instead of barely regretting the growth of the right, she admitted that the victory of the adversary derived from her mistakes and of her party’s.

What happened in Germany is not very different from the rest of the democratic world. Everything indicates a tendency for the growth of the elector’s preference for xenophobic and conservative positions, that in Brazil are manifested with the growth of candidacies with clearly authoritarian proposals, demonstrations for the military in favor of a possible intervention, and with the strong rejection of the politicians by the population. It is likely that in the future Frau Merkel will have little chance of choosing moderate and supportive proposals. Resistance to her coalition is likely to increase if she is not able to present solutions for a new civilizing, sustainable and humanitarian mode,l and to raise public awareness in favor of a new thinking and a new social philosophy.

Almost 40 years ago, the Germans celebrated the good functioning of the economy and agreed to pay a tax to allow the reduction of social inequality with East Germany. In the last two years, Germany’s Angela Merkel has been reaching out to immigrants across the Mediterranean, receiving nearly a million refugees. The voter endorsed that position, but the arrival of a conservative and xenophobic party in parliament is proof that even a leader like her fails to draw the whole population into a democratic and humanitarian project.

In the coming years, the progressive forces of the rest of the world will need to perceive that the German population has voted for an efficient economy, using socially the resources obtained by the economy, but without interfering in their support and equilibrium. Germany is an example of the commitment for efficiency and fiscal balance as a way of guaranteeing funds for social investments with sustainability.

It is alert for the progressive forces of each country to recognize that they are not convincing the population of their proposals and, consequently, starting the march towards authoritarian and conservative alternatives to lead the country.