In a war session for NATO: representatives of the left demand the exclusion of Sahra and Agenknecht

As Sahra Wagenknecht has criticized economic sanctions against Russia in the Bundestag, prominent left-wing representatives are calling for her to be excluded from the parliamentary group and the party. The recent rift within the Left Party shows the extent of its unconditional support for the war policy of the federal government and NATO.

Sarah Wagenknecht [Photo by Raimond Spekking (via Wikimedia Commons) / CC BY-SA 4.0]

On September 8, while discussing the Bundestag’s budget, Wagenknecht criticized the “brilliant idea” of the Traffic Light Alliance “to start an unprecedented economic war against our most important energy resource”.

She added that the war in Ukraine was a “crime”. “But the idea that we are punishing Putin by impoverishing millions of families in Germany and destroying our industry while Gazprom makes record profits – how stupid is that?”

If Germany wants to “remain an industrial country,” Wagenknecht said, it will need “Russian raw materials and unfortunately also Russian energy for the foreseeable future.” So: No more deadly economic sanctions! Let’s negotiate with Russia to resume gas supplies! “

This was too much for many party representatives. As long as Wagenknecht denounced refugees and immigrants in the manner of the Alternative for Germany or called the people’s community in their popular nationalist pamphlet “Self-Investigators”, it could still work. But criticism of the federal government’s war policy – it went too far!

The Director-General of the Charitable Equity Foundation, Ulrich Schneider, one of the most famous faces in the party, announced his resignation. He explained his decision: “The fact that the left faction allowed Wagenknecht to sit on the podium last Thursday in the Bundestag, and what they released then – you should have known – was too much.”

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