The “Left Party” (Die Linke) was founded in 2007 as merger of the primarily East German “Party of Democratic Socialism” (PDS) and the West German “Electoral Alternative for Jobs and Social Justice” (WASG). In the last federal election in September 2017, the party won 9.2% of the popular vote (2013: 8.6%) and 69 seats in the German Bundestag (37 women and 32 men). The co-chairs of the Left Party’s parliamentary group are Dietmar Bartsch, 59, and Sahra Wagenknecht, 48. The party’s current presidents are Katja Kipping, 40, and Bernd Riexinger, 62. The Left Party has elected representatives in 10 of the 16 German states and thousands of elected representatives on the county level.
In the European Parliament, the Left Party’s seven members are part of the “Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left” (GUE/NGL).
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In times of the rise of the far right in Germany and worldwide, extremist voices get increasingly normalized. In lockstep with the electoral successes of right-wing populist parties, ethno-nationalist and neo-Fascist sentiments are more and more popularized. They find their ways onto protest banners or are chanted in the streets, and they often motivate racist hate crimes.
Between 2000 and 2007, a far-right terrorist......
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