After the allegations of sexism in the left, the member of the Bundestag Martina Renner also reported problems within the parliamentary group. In the parliamentary group of the left there is a “basic climate that inspires encroaching behavior,” Renner told the editorial network Germany (RND). There are men in the group who would take anything and have never been sanctioned for it. The left-wing politician complains about a lack of awareness of the problem. According to Renner, there is a lack of reflection on how hierarchies and patriarchal structures are being exploited. The left actually has a different claim to itself as a feminist party.
Another MP confirms Renner’s statements to the “RND”: “There is a structurally discriminatory behavior against women in the group that intimidates female MPs.”
What is new in the discussion about the accusations of sexism is the assumption that they could be used deliberately to assert personal political interests and possibly force resignations. An influential left-wing member also spoke about this to the “Bild”.
The left had recently come under pressure because of allegations of sexual assault in the Hesse state association. One of the two federal chairmen, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, resigned for this reason, among other things. Her colleague Janine Wissler now wants to lead the left alone for the time being and announced a comprehensive clarification of the suspicion of sexism. In June, the entire party executive is to be re-elected.