Die LINKE

Die LINKE: How Left is Germany’s Left Party?

Seen from a distance, Die LINKE might seem pretty cool: A party that opposes war, capitalism, and all border controls gets up to 10 percent in national elections. But it is also a government party, and has applied racist and neoliberal policies since its founding. What would Rosa Luxemburg say?

Police Attack the Luxemburg Liebknecht Demonstration in Berlin

On Sunday, 2,000 people gathered in Friedrichshain for the traditional “LL-Demo.” They were brutally attacked by police, who made 35 arrests. The justification was absurd. The responsibility lies with the SPD and Die LINKE.

“Aufstehen” Sits Back Down

Just six months after its foundation, Sahra Wagenknecht’s “movement” has collapsed. Inspired by Mélenchon and Corbyn, the politician from Germany’s Die Linke party had attempted to build a project centered on her popularity. Using a combination of social demands and chauvinism, she had hoped to form a new government coalition.

The Established Parties Can’t Stop the Shift to the Right

This Sunday, 61.5 million people in Germany are called on to elect a new parliament. A greater share of the population than ever before, however, lacks the basic democratic right to vote for the Bundestag as Germany’s “blood and soil” citizenship laws even exclude people who grew up in the country. In the capital alone, almost half a million adults are denied the right to vote.