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).
The Left Forum—the largest annual leftist gathering in North America—will be taking place from June 1-3 in New York City, and RLS–NYC will again be there bringing alternative political voices from across North America and Europe in a series of exciting panels:
The Far Right in Government: Hungary, Poland, and Turkey
Across the world, we are witnessing a terrifying rise of right-wing governments. For this panel, we have brought experts from......
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