Party leader Whistler leaves the future open: Bad news piles up on the left – Politics

The left did not wait until election night to ask who was to blame for the party’s poor performance. Top left-wing candidate Jules Al-Khatib said a few days before Sunday’s election that mistakes were not made in the state of New South Wales. Others will have to ask themselves questions.

The others, according to this interpretation, are those in Berlin, the executive organ of the party and the parliamentary bloc. The fact that the Left Party in North Rhine-Westphalia, at just 2.1 per cent, clearly missed entering the state parliament could fuel disagreement within the party over the direction of content and around the people.

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Left-wing Federal President Janine Whistler spoke of a “very disappointing result” on election night. Your party is in trouble. He should restore trust and “be in the press with clearer messages than arguments,” Whistler told ZDF.

Then the president named figures who are far from the actual election results of her party in North Rhine-Westphalia. Opinion polls will show Germany’s Left Party with a potential of 19-20 per cent. Now the question is “How do we get to that possibility again”.

Five years ago, the left in North Rhine-Westphalia narrowly failed to cross the five percent barrier. In the end, the party lost just over 8,500 votes to enter the Dusseldorf state parliament. But this time the left cut its score for 2017 by more than half. In some election drawings, she is no longer listed individually on Sunday evening, but is already counted under “Others.”

The state assembly, which is considered divided, tried to put old differences behind it during the election campaign. In addition, the left placed representatives of the Climate List on its government list, thus preventing the party’s Climate List from competing in this election. But the informal alliance with the climate movement has not helped the left in North Rhine-Westphalia cross the five percent barrier.

NRW is also the state union that made the former leader of the left-wing party in the Bundestag, Sahra Wagenknecht, the frontrunner in the federal election. From North Rhine-Westphalia, however, came a request to expel her from the party.

The request failed, but the jury in North Rhine-Westphalia accused Wagenknecht of causing serious damage to their party. Wagenknecht accused the social left in Germany of being self-righteous, and was also harsh towards her party. While young members of the left want to open the party more to the issue of climate protection, Wagenknecht’s supporters flatly reject this.

Wagenknecht appeared only twice in the election campaign

As a speaker, Wagenknecht can still fill the markets. However, she appeared only twice in the North Rhine-Westphalian election campaign, in Bochum and in Wuppertal. But even with Germany’s most famous left-wing politician being the driving force, the left in North Rhine-Westphalia received just 3.7 percent of the vote in the federal election.

Bad news is piling up on the Left Party. First, the outrageous defeat in Saarland, where the party collapsed and he was expelled from the state parliament, then the vain attempt to enter parliament in Schleswig-Holstein, and now the renewed defeat in North Rhine-Westphalia. The party has made national headlines with its closeness to Russia, with slow handling of #MeToo issues and most recently with the resignation of party leader Susan Hennig-Wilso.

According to the party leadership, the Federal Party Congress in Erfurt at the end of June should now send a signal that the party wants to reposition itself in terms of content and personnel. However, old disagreements about the program and people can erupt again. Party leader Whistler left open Sunday evening whether she wanted to continue.

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