This chapter evaluates the responses of Germany’s parties on the left to the
crisis, something which has so far been largely ignored as analyses have
tended to focus almost entirely on the policy choices taken by Angela
Merkel’s centre right Christian Democratic Party. The chapter looks at three
phases and analyses the left’s role towards the crisis through the
CDU/CSU-SPD (2005–2009); CDU/CSU-FDP (2009–2013), and CDU/CSU-SPD
(2013–2017) coalition government periods. The 2013 election is particularly
significant, and this chapter focuses on it. The result in 2013 made a left
coalition possible, but instead, the SPD chose to go into a grand coalition
with the right. The chapter concludes by evaluating the prospects for the
left, particularly in relation to their cooperation and to challenging the
dominance of the CDU/CSU.
This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores how experiences in Kosovo have changed the discourse of European security. It provides new and stimulating perspectives on how 'Kosovo' has shaped European post-post-Cold War reality. The book aims to contribute to the insecurity of the field of security studies by sidelining the theoretical worldview that underlies mainstream strategic thinking on the Kosovo events. It investigates how 'Kosovo' has developed into this principal paradigmatic sign in the complex text of European security. The book also investigates how its very marginality has emphasised the unravelling fringes and limits of the sovereign presence of what 'Europe' thinks it stands for, and how it affects the discourse on European security.