For Kurt Schumacher, the German nation, socialism, and democracy were programmatically linked. It was not in his character to compromise; his rejection of Ludwig Erhard’s social market economy and his pointed criticism of the Western integration championed by Adenauer – whom he called “the Allies’ chancellor” – put the SPD virtually in the role of the fundamental opposition for a long time.

Kurt Schumacher Opens the SPD’s Federal Election Campaign in Gelsenkirchen by Rejecting Ludwig Erhard’s Free Market Economics (June 19, 1949)

  • Hilmar Pabel


Source: SPD Chairman Kurt Schumacher opens the federal election campaign in Gelsenkirchen with a rejection of “Erhard’s free market economy”. Photo: Hilmar Pabel.
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