leftist groups in german Bundestag Has decided to disband on 6th December. This was announced by the group members in Berlin on Tuesday. The background to this is the departure of former parliamentary group leader Sahra Wagenknecht and nine other MPs from the leftist party. Without them, the leftist faction would lose its minimum number of 37 MPs and would have to be dissolved.
It is now expected that two new parliamentary groups will emerge: the remaining 28 left-wing MPs on the one hand and Wagenknecht and his supporters on the other. “We will work towards implementing it as soon as possible,” Left party leader Dietmar Bartsch said ahead of the group’s meeting. Compared to a faction, a group has fewer parliamentary rights and also receives less financial support from the state treasury. A Bundestag resolution is required to approve a group and determine its rights.
Politically, this is a profound turn for the Left. The leftist faction was founded in 2005, a merger of members of the former PDS and the then-new WASG. After this, both the parties merged in 2007 and the Left Party was formed. Now it is dividing again. Wagenknecht would like to find a rival party as early as 2024. Your organization “Alliance Sahra Wagenknecht” is preparing for this and is already collecting donations.