German Far-Left Party Takes State Parliament

 

 

 

 

 

” Germany’s far-Left party has returned to power in a state government for the first time since the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, stoking heated debate about its communist roots.

  The Left Party, widely seen as the successor to the Socialist Unity Party (SED) that once ruled East Germany, will head the government of Thuringia after the state parliament narrowly voted to approve a new coalition.

  The new state prime minister, Bodo Ramelow, used his first speech in parliament to apologize to victims of the former communist regime, and said he wanted to “reconcile rather than divide”.

  Thousands of people braved sub-zero temperatures on the streets of the state capital, Erfurt, on Thursday night to protest against the expected result of the vote.

  Angela Merkel predicted the decision would be “bad news” for Thuringia, while the German President, Joachim Gauck, broke with the traditional neutrality of his role to speak out against it.”

 

The Telegraph