The number of SPD members is shrinking. But if the party dominates one thing, it’s personnel policy. There is no other field in which social democracy is so successful in tactics and finalization.

Much has been written about the decline of the SPD. As early as 1983, Ralf Dahrendorf proclaimed the “end of the social-democratic century”.

Peer Steinbrück also came to the conclusion in his book “Das Elend der Sozialdemokratie”: “You have to be a very blind party soldier if, in the series of three federal elections you easily lost, you don’t realize that the SPD is facing very fundamental questions .”

The number of members and voters, which has continued to shrink since then, confirms the trend. Since the 1970s, when Willy Brandt was Chancellor of the Federal Republic and the idol of all Social Democrats, the number of members has more than halved from 950,000 to 390,000.

The same tragedy could be seen for the 2021 federal election. In the Willy election in 1972, Germany’s oldest party still achieved a top result because 41.4 percent of those eligible to vote there had ticked the box.

In the Gerhard Schröder election in 1998, it was still 33.2 percent of all eligible voters. Olaf Scholz got 25.7 percent of the votes cast in the 2021 federal election and given a turnout of only 76.6 percent, that was only 19.5 percent of all eligible voters. More than 80 percent of Germans did not vote for the SPD.

But if the SPD has mastered one thing, it’s personnel policy. There is no other field in which social democracy is so successful in tactics and finalization. Here she proves her penchant for goal.

If you look at the tableau of the top positions in Germany, you might think that the Federal Republic is a one-party state. You know each other, you appreciate each other: OneLove.

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Conclusion: This supremacy of the SPD does not have to be called malicious or dangerous. But it is at least unusual – and inappropriate, given the SPD’s diminished importance for voters.

The desire of society and especially the SPD for “diversity” goes unheeded in their own ranks. It sounds like polemics and is nothing but the truth: the most important positions in the country are not occupied by many people, but by red people.

Gabor Steingart is one of the best-known journalists in the country. He publishes the newsletter The Pioneer Briefing. The podcast of the same name is Germany’s leading daily podcast for politics and business. Since May 2020, Steingart has been working with his editorial staff on the ship “The Pioneer One”. Before founding Media Pioneer, Steingart was, among other things, Chairman of the Management Board of the Handelsblatt Media Group. You can subscribe to his free newsletter here.