Prison » Germany’s left eyes revival in new grassroots movement

August 30, 2018

Bidding to stem the rise of the far-right AfD, Germany’s left next week launches a grassroots movement aimed at emulating the success of Britain’s Momentum group which propelled hardliner Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party.

Commentators are sceptical about its prospects, dismissing it as a vanity project for Germany’s best-known and most divisive leftists – former finance minister Oskar Lafontaine and his wife Sahra Wagenknecht of the hardline Left party.

However, even before its Sept. 4 launch, the movement has won some 50,000 online backers.

Aiming to cut across party lines and harness support from the Social Democrats (SPD), environmentalist Greens and radical Left party, Aufstehen (“Stand Up”) describes itself as a force for social and democratic renewal.

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This article was posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:16 am

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