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German newcomer Sahra Wagenknecht: ‘Relief’ after the EU elections


German political newcomer Sahra Wagenknecht has expressed her “joy” and “relief” over the performance of her party, the Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance (BSW), in the European elections.

“There is great potential,” Wagenknecht told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday evening. She said she now wants to build on this in the next elections.

According to forecasts by broadcaster ARD, the BSW achieved 5.7% in the European elections in Germany.

This was the first time the party was tested at the ballot box.

Wagenkecht, who opposes arms supplies to Ukraine, emphasized that she believes a diplomatic initiative is necessary in the Russian war. “Many people are afraid that the war will come to us too.”

The populist party combines left-wing social policies with an anti-immigrant stance and criticism of the European Union.

When asked where the BSW now sits on the party spectrum, Wagenknecht, a former star politician of the far-left Die Linke (Left), said: “It is not on the right.”

Sahra Wagenknecht, party leader of the Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance (BSW), responds to the announcement of her party’s first forecasts for the results of the 2024 European elections. Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

Christian Leye (L), Secretary General of BSW, and Amira Mohamed Ali (C), party leader of the Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance (BSW), react to the announcement of the first estimates for the outcomes of the 2024 European elections for the ‘ Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance – Reason and Justice” (BSW). Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

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