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 2013, it became the third strongest party, winning 8.6% of the popular vote and 64 seats in the German Bundestag (36 women and 28 men). The co-chairs of the Left Party’s parliamentary group are Dietmar Bartsch, 58, and Sahra Wagenknecht, 47. The party’s current presidents are Katja Kipping, 39, and Bernd Riexinger, 61. The Left Party has elected representatives in 11 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).
Across the western world the liberal center is in decline — but it is the radical right, not the Left, which stands to benefit.
Why has the Left failed to capitalize on the ongoing systemic crisis? How has it become so divorced from its working-class base? And can the cycle be broken?
Jon Trickett, Labour MP and member of Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, speaks to Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara.
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