Party Congress in Magdeburg

From 28 to 29 May, 2016 DIE LINKE held the first session of its fifth congress in Magdeburg/Saxony-Anhalt. Issues were the election of a new Party Executive Committee and the debate and agreement on three leading motions as well as other motions.

On Friday, the Women’s Plenary was held and agreed on several motions to be submitted to the congress. Among them the adopted resolution “No means No!” which promotes a contemporate renewal of the law governing sexual offences.

During the congress the three leading motions, submitted by the PEC, were presented and debated. After a lively debate and several adopted changes, they were agreed on. All resolutions can be found here.

Of course, a new Executive Committee was elected, starting with the speeches of the candidates for party chairs (Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger), four of the vice chairs (Janine Wissler, Caren Lay, Tobias Pflüger and Axel Troost), the party secretary (Matthias Höhn) and the federal treasurer (Thomas Nord). They were all confirmed in office. All members of the Executive Committee can be found here.

Greetings were delivered from the chair of the DIE LINKE land organisation Saxony Anhalt, Birke Bull, and the chair of the land organisation Thuringia, who is at the same time land parliamentary group leader, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow. The party chairs, Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger, as well as the parliamentary group leaders, Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch all held passionate speeches during this weekend.

Bernd Riexinger wants DIE LINKE to fight for a revolution of justice. He said, the congress took place in times of great societal and political transformations. In the near future we will be confronted with the alternative to either experience an ever more autoritarian capitalism or we are able to overcome neoliberalism and rightwing populism. He promoted to soberly analyse current conditions but to address their change with optimism and determination.

Katja Kipping titled her speech “For a Future Worth Fighting For!” and recapitulated that the changes in society poses new challenges for us. She was sure that we need to maintain a reliable attitude and build an unchanging stronghold against rightwing populism. At the same time we had to urge for changes offensively to fight for social guarantees.

Dietmar Bartsch focused in his speech on the European dimension. We, as leftists, stood for areal policy change to save Europe of the deporters, despots, and blackmailers of the troika. It is necessary to bring about a policy change in the core country of European destruction.

Sahra Wagenknecht insisted that Germany needed a social voice, that the country needed DIE LINKE.

On Sunday, Alican Önlü, MP of HDP, addressed the congress and spoke about the difficult situation in Turkey, especially for the Kurds. DIE LINKE adopted a resolution in solidarity of HDP.

Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch visited Israel and Palestine

On 24 and 25 May, the parliamentary group leaders visited Israel and Palestine. See the report on their visit to Israel here and to Palestine here.

No to an Ongoing and Never-Ending Military Intervention of the German Armed Forces!

Christine Buchholz condemns the aerial warfare over Syria. See the press release here.

No to sanctions against Venezuela!

On the occasion of the worldwide Day of Action for solidarity with Venezuela on 19th April, Heinz Bierbaum, chairman of the International Committee, declares:

We condemn the US-sanctions and the decree against Venezuela and call for their abolition. Venezuela is no threat, not for the USA and not for anyone else. Economic and political attacks on the country are not only unjustified, but also endanger the country's democracy and social peace. DIE LINKE expresses solidarity with the Venezuelan population who was sanctioned and declared an "extraordinary danger to the national security and the foreign policy of the United States" by the US-Administration. We support the Venezuelan government in pursuing an independent non-neoliberal policy in the interest of social progress.


25 June
Festival of DIE LINKE in Berlin

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1 July
EL Council of Chairpersons in Paris

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16 to 18 December
EL Party Congress in Berlin


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