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What’s left in Europe

What does the left in Europe make of the Blair revolution? Peter Glotz, an elder statesman of the German left, places Blair's thinking (and his silences) in a European context

By Peter Glotz   May 1997

After 2,000 german business leaders had enthusiastically applauded Tony Blair at a recent conference in Bonn, Hans-Olaf Henkel, head of the main German business association, announ-ced that British social democracy is now more advanced than its German counterpart. He thus reversed a nearly 40-year-old assumption-that the post-Bad Godesberg German Social Democratic Party (SPD) had a lot to teach but little to learn from its British sister party. Is this role reversal justified? If so, what difference will a Blair victory make to the dispirited European left?

Smoothie Blair remains untested. Oskar Lafontaine, the SPD leader, although of the same generation…

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