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Left-Wing Strategies

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There is the constant criticism, that the Left Party’s policies should not be confined only to ‘we are against’, a simple negation. As such, it is important to emphasize the many forward-looking proposals for handling the euro crisis and for a social Europe as part of a solidarity-based process of European re-foundation. The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung aims to help further these discussions with analyses and studies such as those by Heiner Flassbeck and Costas Lapavitas and this paper. Nevertheless, Axel Troost, for example has pointed to the difficultly of turning the euro crisis into an issue for the elections (Strategy discussion with the chair of the Left Party on 7.2.2012). Consequently, the positions of the Left Party should focus less on the ‘great crisis’ and more on people’s everyday lives. This should not be understood as meaning that analyses and suggestions for effectively overcoming the crisis are no longer needed; it merely points to a different approach.

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