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Christian Lindner revived the FDP – and wrote a book about it. Is that wise, so close to possible negotiations on a Jamaica government?

Christian Lindner: Stepped out of the shadows

Christian Lindner revived the FDP – and wrote a book about it. Is that wise, so close to possible negotiations on a Jamaica government?

Christian Lindner: Stepped out of the shadows

In midst of exploratory talks for a possible Jamaica Alliance, ChristianLindner has presented a literary work: title of his book is Shadow years. It describes crash and new beginning of free Democrats. Is this wise, given forthcoming talks Undeventuellen coalition negotiations with Union and Greens? After all, politician is also devoted to "competitors" and "non-enemies" as he explicitly writes. "To submit a piece of political thinking is always good for a debate," he says.

With his testimony above all greens are meant. The FDP chief writes about m: "With greens I observe a moral arrogance. If you do not share your own, you will be banned from being a human enemy. " That was exactly what FDP had happened in election campaign: The Greens had provided m with labels such as dictators-understanding, climate change-deniers, exploiters UndMenschenfeinden. Lindner counters: "From presumption of standing on good side of memory and refore representing undeniable truths, Speistsich is a green control euphoria." The former anti-establishment party sometimes mean to be able to anderensagen how y would live. To do this, y would use state "to make ihreVorstellungen of good life universally binding with laws, bans, taxes and subsidies." In contrast, Seinichts argued, but instruments for this need to be discussed, writes FDP politician.

Same goal, different way

But it also shows similarities with Greens. Both parties unite a voter clientele with above-average levels of education, both respect civil rights and represent similar positions in internal security debates, and even with emancipatory issues of social policy, re are interfaces. Even in environmental UndKlimaschutz, which is a "logical concern" to Liberals, because it secures survival of individual, re is consensus – at least at target. Often insists on Parteigrenzenhinweg unity in goals, writes Lindner. Only in ways would DieEinschätzungen go apart. However, re were also enough opposites that hindered formation of coalitions.

Wher it come to coalition negotiations is still completely open, said DerFDP boss at book presentation. He did not feel pressured by SPD's decision to go to opposition. For his party gelteweiterhin: "If good can be effected, n we are available. and orwise not." The likelihood that FDP would enter EineKoalition is fifty-fifty.

Concrete appointments SindLindner very important in a government participation, "so that you can also reach destination and not come out completely elsewhere". He Ebensowill a recognizable manuscript of his party in a possible Koalitioneinbringen – a doctrine that FDP withdrew from electoral debacle 2013.

The FDP has "made itself small"

About crash on September 22nd, 2013, Lindner writes in detail and impressively – about how he learned two hours before Deroffiziellen announcement of impending catastrophe on train trip to Berlin:

"At 15.50 o'clock I wrote a text message to my closest staff (...) The closer we came to capital, clearer was how little Dieliberale party was asked this time (...) At halt in Berlin-Spandau, accept had arrived at five-percent hurdle. "

Lindner describes mood after debacle, Häme of or parties, which he had sent out as an echo to "we had previously exvalued arrogance".

The 38-year-old analyzed how Essoweit could come: "The FDPwar had not been voted off because it would have been too liberal. On contrary, she has, in part, not been consistently liberal. If banks are caught VomSteuerzahler, it does not meet principles of DerSozialen market economy. " There were even more mistakes: support money requested by CSU was implemented, although FDP had fought it, and large tax reform demanded by Liberals was cancelled. You would have to renegotiate coalition contract or leave coalition, says Lindner. In addition, FDP has made itself small with desperate second-vote campaign in autumn 2013. The voter acknowledged that with his vote.

Shadow years shows difficult time of FDP outside Bundestag, and how Lindner has rebuilt party, which now ranks more than 60,000 members, with few familiar from inside out. Toger y asked mselves questions such as: "Why do we want to go back to German Bundestag?" or "Why are we free Democrats?" Self-irony was a survival helper in process, and party learned humility, summing up her boss.

Tax reduction claims alone are not sufficient

Today, Lindner propagates a 360 degree liberalism, as he calls it. A policy that looks out of individual in all directions. The party learned from ir mistakes: "Only wanting to cut taxes is not enough. That's what Donald Trump wanted, without him being a liberal, "says Lindner.

Shadow years has become a book that is primarily a retrospective. Many aspects are known, but read from point of view of main refresher is new. Lindner's viewpoints are not surprising, but rar coincide with what is known from election campaign and party programme.

With criticism of having made FDP a one-man show, politician proceeds in usual way: he blames media for it. In view of his book, which shows only him on cover and his view of things in crash and new beginning of FDP, one wonders: Where would FDP be without Lindner today?

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