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Encyclopedia > The Left (Germany)
The Left. (Die Linke.)
Leader Lothar Bisky
Oskar Lafontaine
Founded June 16, 2007
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Political Ideology Democratic Socialism,

Social Progressivism, Socialism, Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 228 pixelsFull resolution (992 × 283 pixel, file size: 18 KB, MIME type: image/png) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Lothar Bisky Lothar Bisky (born August 17, 1941 in Rummelsburg, Germany, now Miastko, Poland) is the chairman of the Left Party. ... Oskar Lafontaine (born September 16, 1943 in Saarlouis-Roden) is a left-wing German politician and a leading member of the Left Party. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Social progressivism is the view that as time progresses, society should disgregard morality in place of political correctness. ... Socialism refers to a broad array of ideologies and movements which aim to improve society through collective and egalitarian action; and to a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community. ...


elements of Eurocommunism Eurocommunism was a new trend in the 1970s and 1980s within various Western European communist parties to develop a theory and practice of social transformation that was more relevant in a Western European democracy and less aligned to the partyline of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. ...

International Affiliation none
European Affiliation Party of the European Left
European Parliament Group GUE/NGL
Colours Red
Website www.die-linke.de
See also Politics of Germany

Political parties
Elections The European Left party is a political party at European level and an association of socialist and communist political parties in the European Union. ... GUE-NGL logo The European United Left–Nordic Green Left is a socialist and communist political grouping within the European Parliament. ... Red re-directs here; for alternate uses see Red (disambiguation) Red is a color at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... Politics of Germany takes place in a framework of a federal parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Federal Chancellor is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. ... This is a list of political parties in Germany. ... Elections in Germany gives information on election and election results in Germany, including elections to the Federal Diet (the lower house of the federal parliament), the Landtage of the various states, and local elections. ...

The Left (German: Die Linke or DIE LINKE.) is a German political party that came into being on 16 June 2007 as a merger of The Left Party.PDS (previously known as the SED, the governing party of the former German Democratic Republic) and Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative (WASG). Its leaders are Oskar Lafontaine and Lothar Bisky. This is a list of political parties in Germany. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Left Party. ... The party emblem represented the handshake between Communist Wilhelm Pieck and Social Democrat Otto Grotewohl when their parties merged in 1946 The Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) (German: Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands) was the governing party of East Germany from its formation in 1949 until the elections of 1990. ... “East Germany” redirects here. ... Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative (German: or WASG) was a German political party founded in 2005 by activists disenchanted with the Social Democratic-Green government. ... Oskar Lafontaine (born September 16, 1943 in Saarlouis-Roden) is a left-wing German politician and a leading member of the Left Party. ... Lothar Bisky Lothar Bisky (born August 17, 1941 in Rummelsburg, Germany, now Miastko, Poland) is the chairman of the Left Party. ...


As of June 2007, the party has 71,800 members (60,300 came from PDS and 11,500 from WASG), making it the fourth largest political party in Germany [1]. In the first week after the unification, there were about 2,500 new members. The party is also represented in the Bundestag, where it is the fourth largest faction (of five represented), holding 8.8% of the seats. The electoral strongholds of the party are located in the states which were previously part of communist East Germany, where also the large majority of its members come from. Type Lower house President of the Bundestag Dr. Norbert Lammert, CDU since October 18, 2005 Members 614 Political groups (as of September 18, 2005 elections) Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union of Bavaria Bloc (226), Social Democratic Party of Germany (222), Free Democratic Party (61), The Left Party. ... GDR redirects here. ...


Internationally, The Left is a member of the Party of the European Left and is the largest party in the European United Left/Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament. The European Left party is a political party at European level and an association of socialist and communist political parties in the European Union. ... The European United Left–Nordic Green Left is a socialist and communist political grouping within the European Parliament. ... Established 1952, as the Common Assembly President Hans-Gert Pöttering (EPP) Since 16 January 2007 Vice-Presidents 14 Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou (EPP) Alejo Vidal-Quadras (EPP) Gérard Onesta (Greens – EFA) Edward McMillan-Scott (ED) Mario Mauro (EPP) Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez (PES) Luigi Cocilovo (ALDE) Mechtild...


External links

  • Die-Linke.de (in German)
  • Programmatic Points (in English - 500 KB PDF)
  • Ingar Solty: Transformation of the German Political System and European Historical Responsibility of the German Left Party, Das Argument 271, 3/2007, pp. 329-47, in German
  • Victor Grossman: A Huge Step Towards Left Unity in Germany, Monthly Review Zine
  • Ingo Schmidt: The Left Opposition in Germany. Why is the Left So Weak When So Many Look For Political Alternatives?, in Monthly Review, May 2007

 
 

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