Hardly anyone had expected that the SP would lose the National Council elections. The most recent defeat is surprising: in the largest canton of Western Switzerland, Vaud, The social democrats lost their state seat on Sunday. The fact that SP President Christian Levrat should be re-elected the same day as the Friborg Council of States, is a small consolation for him: Since the elections of October 20, he stands as a loser. Prominent party "friends" demand his resignation, including the Zurich councilor Jacqueline Fehr. In the SP it is assumed that Levrat will announce its departure in the near future, although his mandate runs until December 2020. According to «NZZ am Sonntag», he is about to resign.
Levrat's critics are wrong in blaming him for SP losses. You misjudge the adverse weather conditions. Levrat is the most successful SP leader in Europe: compared to 2008, when he became president at the age of 37, the Social Democrats in this country have kept their voter turnout stable and expanded it in many cantons. During this time, the sozis crashed almost everywhere else: in France they were pulverized, halved in Germany and Austria. In addition, under Levrat successes at the ballot box: The SP has sunk reforms of the bourgeois majority, for example, in AHV and corporate taxes.
The clever strategist Levrat managed to keep the union, social-liberal and feminist-young wing together. A feat in this colorful, self-tearing party. Now simply subito to choose a "young woman" as repeatedly demanded to stand next to the eco-parties fresher: That alone will not solve the problems. They are deeper. The SP will still miss Christian Levrat.