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 the most powerful force in opposition in the Bundestag. This page collates all DW content pertaining to the party.
This month marks 100 years since the murder of socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. So, on this week's Stammtisch we're asking: why is Luxemburg so important today for left-wing politics? And how is the radical Left in Germany doing anyway? Stammtisch hosts Damien McGuinness and Michaela Küfner are joined by journalist Siobhán Dowling and The Guardian's Kate Connolly.
Only days after Left politician Sahra Wagenknecht announced her new movement, dubbed Aufstehen or Stand Up, tens of thousands have vowed support. The movement could present a leftist case for limiting migration.
Left Party delegates have voted by a large majority to back the proposal by leaders Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger. It was a setback for the party's most recognizable face and voice, Sahra Wagenknecht.
Pablo Iglesias and his partner Irene Montero survived a confidence vote in their left-wing Podemos party after the two purchased a luxury home near Madrid. Iglesias previously criticized politicians who "live in villas."