Věk Oskarův

CURICH: Nový čelní představitel Evropy a člověk budoucnosti, Oskar Lafontaine, je ale člověkem minulosti. Není to člověk z příjemné středolevice, ze které vyšli také mnozí z nás, ale je člověkem nerekonstruovatelné levice střihu šedesátých let. Lafontaine je chytrý a prozíravý pletichář - a vítěz souboje o německou domácí politickou scénu. Jestli se do toho pustí po svém, přetvoří Lafontaine budoucnost Evropy, ovšem ne k lepšímu.

Šarvátky a rozepře na levém středu politického spektra nejsou pro Evropu ničím novým: Jacques Delors prosazoval křesťansko-demokratický pohled; Lionel Jospin ovšem pochází z ještě levicovatější levice. A oba skončili na politickém středu, smířeni kapitálovými trhy.

Je pravda, že skrznaskrz Evropou, dokonce i v koutech zasedacích síní soukromých správních rad, stále zůstává jistá neochota přejít k americkému extrému “konat nebo zhynout”. Politici všeho možného ražení jsou od kolébky až po hrob zavázáni sociálnímu státu, bez ohledu na její výdaje a oslabující vlivy na hospodářství státu. Lafontainův program je krokem zpět, jako by ve všech těchto pokusných krocích kontinentu směrem ke konkurenceschopné tržní ekonomice, mimo sociální stát, dosáhla Evropa slepé uličky.

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