• Talking About Power

    The Social Democrats have collapsed. Die Linke is divided. Will the German left ever be able to contend for power? An interview with Ingar Solty. Keep reading »

  • German Federal Elections:Chauvinistic Identity Policies Outperform Left Economic Alternatives

    Conservatives: Overestimating their Popularity “For a Germany in which we live well and happily.” Maybe it was just this less than catchy campaign slogan that cost Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU so dearly at the polls; leaving the party at a record low of 26.8 per cent of the total vote. What is more likely, though, is … Keep reading »

  • What Die Linke Should Do

    The March 13 regional election results were a bitter setback for Die Linke and everyone fighting for social justice and democracy in Germany. The results of the parliamentary elections in Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg, and Rhineland-Palatinate signify a major shift in the political landscape. For years now, studies have identified a potential voting base for parties of … Keep reading »

  • The German Election, 2013

    Interview with Katja Kipping, co-chair of Die Linke Stefan Huth (SH): The national election is in full swing – how has it been going for Die Linke so far? Which issues are at the centre? Katja Kipping (KK): We’re having really good experiences. It starts with our placards. You see a big difference between us, and … Keep reading »

  • Germany’s One-Party System

    On September 22, 2013, Germany will hold general elections. These elections will be observed with special attention given what it will mean for the austerity policies of the Merkel government and the ‘Euro crisis.’ From an anti-austerity and socialist perspective, the elections are also important with regard to the situation for the new German Left … Keep reading »

  • The Euro Crisis and the European Fiscal Pact

    The following Bullet is from an important speech by Sahra Wagenknecht [translated by Samuel Putinja], newly elected co-vice president and important theoretician of the German radical party Die Linke, during the June 29, 2012 Bundestag debate on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) rescue package and the European Fiscal Pact. At a late hour on Friday … Keep reading »

  • Notes on Recent Developments in the European Radical Left

    The recent elections in Germany and Portugal have confirmed the emergence of a new radical Left in a number of countries across Europe. In Germany, Die Linke won 11.9 per cent of the vote and 76 seats in the Bundestag. In Portugal, the Left Bloc received 9.86 per cent of the vote and doubled its … Keep reading »

  • Was the German Election a Turning Point?

    Toronto, November 13, 2009 – Facilitator: Leo Panitch. Featuring presentations by: Frederick Peters – Political Science, York, Ingar Solty – Political Science, York, Jan Fichter – Frankfurt University, Roger Keil – York Centre for German and European Studies, Sabah Alnasseri – Political Science, York. Resources: Bullet #255: The German Federal Elections by Ingo Schmidt Die … Watch video »

  • A New European Socialist Movement?

    The emergence of the Left Party (Linkspartei) in Germany is the most significant development of a new political party to the left of social democracy in decades in Europe. The formation of the Left Party coincided with the anti-G8 mobilization in Germany a year ago. It was followed by a startling rise in the opinion … Watch video »