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More concerned with SPD than PDS

Joachim Bischoff is the ideological leader of the monthly magazine "Sozialismus", a slightly tabloid German "Vardøger" which has followed and inspired the debate on the West German left for over thirty years.


The group around the journal also runs VSA-Verlag, which publishes a few dozen books each year that actively intervene in the reality that the radical part of the trade union movement has to deal with.

Bischoff entered PDS when the wall fell and sat for a period in the party leadership, but withdrew in despair that the party did not care to build any active relationship with the trade union movement. He was instrumental in founding WASG and sits on the federal leadership there.

- The new party WASG was originally strongly against PDS. In the east, the PDS is far to the right, often to the right of the Social Democrats. PDS has around 60.000 members, and 8.000 live off the party. Therefore, they have felt that they manage without contact with the fqg movement.

- There is a full crisis between the trade union movement and the Social Democrats. They really only had the support of one of the big unions, from IG Bergbau,. . .

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