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Still about 1360 days

28 April, 2010 (20:02) | particulars, parties, political trade | By: Aerar

(German version published on 4 February, 2010)

At 27 Oktober 2009 the 17th period of the German Bundestag began lead by the parties of CDU/CSU and FDP under Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is usual to evalutate the government’s work after the first 100 days have passed. This time should be enough for the partners of the coalition to get into their work.

The aftermath of the work of the previous government of course still effects the current government’s work. So it became a usual procedure that all positive news (especially such from long term political fields as the labour market or the government deficit) are welcomed by the current government as a proof of their successful work, while negative news of course are the result of the antecessors bad work – the latter of course only if the it was not participating in it.

So real results could not really be expected after 100 days already. But the government should be able to state their position and to provide a vision of the politics to be expected in the future. In addition the government should have established a practicable workflow. So on the other hand the 100-day-evaluation is a good tradition. Something like midterm grades which differently from end grades could be used to strenghten or correct the current way.

Searching for other 100-days-evaluations I found that there hardly were any. The editorial offices of the portals of the big papers like SPON (German), der FAZ (German) or the taz (German) probably have to write something about that theme. Within the Blogosphere (German) there are only few authors who think this milestone considerable.

And in fact there is not too much to talk about. The disastrous bilance of the government has been noted and been widely discussed during the last weeks and months. It seems as if CDU, CSU and FDP do not match as good personally and programmatically as they themselves and especially the electors would have expected. Despite that the government did as a start discussed to begin a shadow budget. And especially the FDP has severe problems to save at least some of their promises made during the campaign to real politics.

But as well the single politicians did not perform too well. Ursula von der Leyen renamed child pornography (German) to protection of young people (German), but until now failed to find a proper new name for Hartz IV (German). Angela Merkel at least managed once to put down her foot (German). Unfortunally at a theme where really was some need for discussion about data protection, tax honesty or tax law in general. At least one managed to recognize his failure and probably offered his demission (German).

All in all the evaluation leaves the picture of an incapable government (partly by own fault, partly driven by the tense economic situation), incapable of action and without visions. A government making technical mistakes, which is at odds with itself and of which in best case could be expected to save the status quo. The opposition on the other hand limits its actions to cure its own wounds and to watch the governments failures with joy (and probably with some shudder) and to evaluate the probabilities of a red-red-green government.