The Left Party (Die Linke) is the result of a merger in 2007 of the PDS, the successor to the communist ruling party in former East Germany (GDR) and the West German far-left WASG.
The Left Party's voter base is traditionally East German, working class and elderly - although the party also attracts disgruntled SPD members. They campaign against welfare cuts, but for minimum wage and strict controls of the banking sector. They are the only German party demanding an immediate withdrawal of German troops from missions abroad and a dissolution of NATO. With 64 seats of 631 after the 2013 general election, the Left are Germany's third-largest party, and the most powerful force in opposition. This page collates recent DW content pertaining to the party.
The Netherlands is gearing up for elections this year and there populism has taken several different turns. It's not just being harnessed by Geert Wilders' right wing party but also by a new Dutch grouping called Denk, or think. This party aims to represent those left out of politics until now, and it's trying to halt the far-right's momentum. Lauren Frayer reports.
Center-left Chancellor Christian Kern has accused eastern European countries of "exporting joblessness." Austria's Social Democrats have launched an apparent bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party.
Romanians are voting in parliamentary elections. Just a year after the prime minister stepped down in disgrace, the party that emerged from the ashes of Nicolae Ceausescu's Communist Party will probably win office again.