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Finally an all left German party!

A clear left alternative emerged during the elections in Germany in September. Led by Gregor Gysi in the east and Oskar Lafontaine in the west, the new left party got 8,7 percent of the vote and 54 representatives in the Bundestag.


Formally, it was the PDS that won the election, the party that gathers over a fifth of voters in the east, but is microscopic in the west. But in reality, the PDS went to election in collaboration with the fresh left-wing party WASG (Labor and Social Justice Election Alternative), a party that was an outbreak from the left in the SPD, the major Social Democratic Party, along with radical union representatives from several unions. The collaboration consisted of PDS including WASG people on their lists across Germany.

Two essentially different parties

There are two very different parties that will now try to merge. They have very different backgrounds, one is freshly smoked, the other is still struggling to be perceived as a kind of successor to SED, the state-bearing party in former East Germany.

In several ways they could complement each other. In PDS, more than half of the members are old-age pensioners. In WASG are most. . .

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