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Linke threatens to split over open borders policy

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Analysis. The Linke party congress this weekend exposed a deepening rift among the party over Germany’s open borders policy. The platform was almost unanimously adopted but only because the wording on borders was left vague.

written by Jacopo Rosatelli

Topic European Union

June 12, 2018

“In our party there are neither racists nor neoliberals,” said Katja Kipping, chairperson of the Linke, during the party’s congress that closed Saturday in Leipzig. It seems like an obvious statement. But maybe not.

At the heart of the congress of the main German leftist party there is a dispute threatening a laceration. On one side are the followers of the two secretaries Kipping and Bernd Riexinger (plus Gregor Gysi, currently number one of the European Left), and on the other are the supporters of the group leader Sahra Wagenknecht in the federal parliament. Among the supporters of the two sides, respectively: the “neoliberals” against the “racists.” Divergent ideas and discourses arise from the key issue of migrants and migratory policy. According to the secretaries, Linke must not give up the........

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