At least that appears to be the case in Germany. More German leftists have been exposed as former Stasi informants. Who would have thought it!?
It was supposed to be the beginning of a new era for Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD). Following state elections in Brandenburg, held concurrently with the Sept. 27 general elections in Germany, SPD Governor Matthias Platzeck entered into a governing coalition with the far-left Left Party. Such an alliance has long governed the city-state of Berlin. But following the SPD’s election-day debacle — a miserable result of just 23 percent of the vote — the party saw fit to begin opening itself up to the left elsewhere as well.
The experiment, as recent events indicate, has been a disaster. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Michael Luthardt, a member of Brandenburg’s state parliament, was an informant for the East German secret police, the Stasi. Even worse, his was the seventh such case unveiled since the election.
“What’s happening at the moment is extremely painful,” Platzeck said this week. He intends to go before the Brandenburg parliament on Friday to address the issue.
Continuing revelations may be the only thing that will keep an increasingly desperate SPD from eventually joining with the hardline Die Linke, or Left Party. SPD members need to remember that communists really exist, and some are still active in German politics today.
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