At 150 Birthday can not avoid wet eyes. So often been reminded of the great moments in the history of German social democracy this morning at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, to Otto Wels' speech against the Enabling Act, the new beginning after 1945, the under subscribed by the incarceration Kurt Schumacher, in Warsaw Willy Brandt's genuflection that an already moving party leader enters the stage. With his speech now following Gabriel puts the hard community and themselves. Still deeper into a state of emotion This became apparent in a thunderous applause from the audience, on the other hand the fact that Gabriel always has to use the gossip sequences to pick up the handkerchief. The SPD had certainly not done everything right in their history, Gabriel says, "but we have never done anything to be ashamed of what we had so much that we had to change our name SPD". The SPD was since it was founded by Ferdinand Lassalle in Leipzig "the backbone of German democracy", "democratic constant in German history."
Four months before the election, the SPD celebrates itself and it should also be remembered on this special day that it was not of course some time ago that not only befriended leaders from abroad, but also the representatives of the Federal Republic had come to honor the party. As the SPD had celebrated its centennial 50 years ago, the state representatives were missing, says Gabriel and looks like in the first row of the audience, where the representatives of the German constitutional bodies sit. Even today there are still tough battle, but no more hostility. Then he falls into his own trap, but more on that later.
Even the French president recalled in Leipzig at Godesberg. And he probably has his own reasons. How often does he hear the call in France, the French Socialists needed a Godesberg, says the man who is ground a year after taking office between rigor and pressure for reform on the one hand and the Left Party and the politics of the street on the other. Hollande committed in his speech that his party could well learn from the German Social Democrats. One can get the impression that the French use the concert in Leipzig, to maintain an internal politically motivated speech to allow his people indirectly, to a message. Godesberg as a synonym for the need to accept realities, as a synonym for the inevitability of a policy agenda? So it sounded – but not again: Because Hollande quintessence of Godesberg is: as much market as necessary, as much solidarity as possible. In the original German Karl Schiller, however, had formulated: As much market as possible, as much planning as necessary.
The Leipzig Symphony Orchestra plays a composition from the pen of the University of Music Director David Timm, of the Social Democratic songs "When we step since 'to Since'" and "brothers, to the sun, to freedom" has merged in a sort of medley of the tunes of the "Marseillaise "(in honor of the French score) and the fraternity song" Thoughts are free ", which is one of the favorite pieces of the German President. Joachim Gauck also comes in his speech not pass Godesberg. And he also connects the resort to the party program in 1959 with a barely concealed reminder: Sometimes it only possible for the parties to bear their own voters impositions, which are contrary to the short-term party interests. Such decisions were responsible decisions for the whole country.
Spared at another location Gauck the SPD, however, do not. The President is keen to present an overall assessment of the German SPD. This means that he also mentioned alongside those of Kurt Schumacher the resistance of the SPD against Hitler against the forced merger with the KPD in the east. But this also, that he even Ostpolitik occurs in the enumeration of the merits of the SPD in addition to the socio-political reforms of the seventies, but only the "first, innovative phase of Ostpolitik," which is to say well, that he, the East German pastor, the late Eastern policy of the West German state, which wanted to know from the civil rights movements behind the Iron Curtain little, does not think much. The recipient of this criticism, Helmut Schmidt, also sitting in the front row of the Gewandhaus.
The party had already started on Wednesday with celebrations. In the evening there was the Museum of Fine Arts, a festive reception with international celebrities. Among the Social Democrats and Socialists were representatives from Burma, Iraqi Kurdistan and Mexico. Steinbrueck was a much sought-after man on this evening: Even him a gentleman named Roger Liddle was presented at the pure walking. The Briton has now been knighted. Lord Liddle Steinbrueck was presented as a co-author of the Blair-SchrÃ¶der paper, by the way, is called in the UK Blair-SchrÃ¶der paper. "Ah," Steinbrueck said, "but is now also quite a few years ago." 14 calendar years, to be exact. Perhaps it is felt for the chancellor candidate for a few more years.