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).
Building off the popularity of the Far Right in Government: Six Case Studies From Across Europe, the People’s Hub and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung–New York Office are offering a series of online workshops geared at developing collective understanding of the global rise of the far right and how activists can build for progressive wins at home and develop international solidarity.
First Session: Tuesday, February 26, at 9am PT / 11am......
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