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German far-left leader admits ‘bitter’ EU election results


An expected poor performance by far-left party Die Linke (Left) in the European Parliament elections will spark further discussions about the party’s future direction, says leader Martin Schirdewan sad on Sunday evening in Berlin.

The expected results from the public broadcaster ARD showed that the left was heading for a historically poor result in the elections, with only 2.7% to 2.8%.

The elections come after a bitter division within the Left Party, with former leader Sahra Wagenknecht rushing to establish her own populist party, the Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance (BSW).

The BSW is expected to win between 5.7% and 6.1% of the vote.

“This is not a good result and therefore of course a bitter evening for us,” said Schirdewan.

Schirdewan said the party failed to reach voters with its main campaign, even though its message was linked to people’s everyday concerns: wages, rents, price developments, top-to-bottom redistribution, climate change and anti-war peace policies. .

“We will look very, very carefully at the questions we need to answer as a party,” Schirdewan said.

Martin Schirdewan (Die Linke) stands on stage before being elected party chairman at the federal party congress of the Left Party in Erfurt. Martin Schutt/dpa

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