Die Linke

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AbbreviationDie Linke
Formation16 June 2007
Left wing populist party in Germany.

Die Linke or The Left is a political party in Germany that is commonly referred to as the Left Party (German: Die Linkspartei). Like the AFD, Die Linke is monitored by Federal Intelligence Service.[1]

Since 2022, The Left's co-chairpersons have been Janine Wissler and Martin Schirdewan. The party holds 39 seats out of 736 in the Bundestag, the federal legislature of Germany, having won 4.9% of votes cast in the 2021 German federal election. Die Linke's parliamentary group is the smallest of six in the Bundestag, and is headed by parliamentary co-leaders Amira Mohamed Ali and Dietmar Bartsch.


Die Linke is the successor to the [PDS (which was itself the legal successor to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany - SED). The PDS consistently rejected Bundeswehr missions abroad, most notably during the war against Yugoslavia. In foreign policy, the party took the position that "greater security can only be achieved through global justice."[2]


2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

In a historical vote in late April 2022 about "Comprehensive support for Ukraine", which mainly comes down to sending heavy weapons, machinery and ammunition to Ukraine in order to support the government of Zelensky, the members of the Bundestag overwhelmingly voted in favour of it. The bulk of the "no" votes came from the AFD and The Left.[3]



Party Member

Ulla Jelpke19 June 1951Marxist German journalist and politician asking inconvenient questions
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