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Party for work, the rule of law, animal welfare, elite support and grassroots initiative
Martin Sonneborn (2014)
Party leader Martin Sonneborn
Secretary General Thomas Hintner
Deputy Chairman Peter Mendelsohn
Federal Managing Director Martin Keller
Federal Treasurer Norbert Gravius
Honorary Chairman Oliver Maria Schmitt
founding August 2, 2004
Headquarters Kopischstr. 10
10965 Berlin
Youth organization Hintner Youth
Alignment Satire
satirized populism
Colours) black White Red
Bundestag seats
Seats in state parliaments
Government grants 193,095.03 euros (2018)
(as of January 31, 2019)
Number of members over 45,000 (June 9, 2020)
Minimum age 16 years
Proportion of women 21.31 percent (as of June 9, 2020)
EP Group Greens / EFA , non-attached

The PARTY is a German party . The abbreviation is an acronym for party for work, rule of law, animal welfare, elite support and grassroots initiative . It was founded in 2004 by editors of the satire magazine Titanic . It is represented in the European Parliament by its chairman Martin Sonneborn and Nico Semsrott .



The PARTY at the "AfD wegbassen" demo in Berlin, 2018

The first letter of the name P artei for A ork, R real state, T ierschutz, E lite promotion and grassroots I nitiative result "PARTY", so the name is a fake recursive Apronym , so an acronym which gives an existing word.


The party program bears the title Program of the Federal Association of PARTEI and has remained unchanged since it was founded in August 2004. In addition, there are various regional theses and demands that are only informally exchanged between the members or used in the election campaign, not always derived from the program or with it should be compatible. With this satirized populism , Sonneborn hopes to gain targeted votes and explains: “In politics nowadays, what brings votes is expressed, and we will do that too. After all, I think it's better if we get the votes than any right-wing radicals. ”The PARTY is also ready to enter into a coalition with any partner in order to gain a majority, except with the FDP , because it does not want to work with fun parties.

The program consists of a preamble and ten sections. The preamble begins with the words: "We, the members of the PARTY, put people at the center of our politics." It names the goal of realizing a "truly human, that is, peaceful and just society". This is followed by three introductory sections on the basic values ​​of freedom , equality and fraternity , according to which the goal is:

  • "A community in which everyone can develop according to their needs and skills and is aware of their responsibility to society",
  • "A society in which individual performance is encouraged and rewarded regardless of the person" and
  • "A community that does not leave its members alone in crisis situations and that leaves no one behind on the way to the future".

The main part comprises five chapters on the areas of labor policy , equality , health policy , environmental policy and direct democracy . In essence, the following is required in a rather unspecific manner:

  • "A broad-based campaign for a far-reaching reduction in general working hours with full wages and salaries ",
  • "A fair distribution of goods and equal opportunities for everyone",
  • "A sustainable reform of the health system",
  • "An environmentally committed act" and
  • the introduction of popular initiatives, referendums and referendums.
  • Furthermore, Die PARTTEI writes that the Basic Law is not a valid constitution, but was "imposed on the German people" by the occupying powers .
  • The new federal states are to be combined into a single "eastern federal state". This should be called the "special management zone " ("SBZ" for short, based on the Soviet occupation zone ) and "be structurally separated from the rest of the republic".


The building of a wall is called for , which is derived from the last chapter of the party program. This is also used in a modified form in regional election campaigns without direct reference to the former east-west border. According to its own statements, Die PARTTEI sees itself as encouraged by a Forsa survey, according to which 20 percent of the German population and 30 percent of the Berlin population want the Wall back.

Sonneborn, however, only describes the issue as a “populist vehicle”. He will not just build the wall, but conduct a referendum. The PARTY had also been founded and the demand arose because "there was no debate at all in the feature pages" about "whether we are perhaps very separated after all, we - and those over there."

For the Bundestag and European elections, the PARTY sets up election programs whose demands comment on current developments in a humorous or sarcastic way. The government program for the 2017 federal election is an example:

The party for the 2017 federal election
The PARTY to the 2017 federal election
The PARTY to the 2017 federal election
  1. Commitment to justice ...
    • "Twice as much justice as the SPD."
  2. ... and fair wages
  3. Commitment to Europe
    • The continent is meant.
  4. Beer price brake now!
  5. MILF money instead of cougar pension
  6. Animal welfare
  7. No use of chatbots!
  8. Dealing with Erdoğan
    • Erdoğan should be "imprisoned".
  9. Med. Care in the country
  10. Species protection for the greens
  11. Bürgergeld
  12. Moderate epistocracy
  13. Upper limit for refugees
    • Germany should not be allowed to absorb more than the Mediterranean .
  14. G1 school system
    • The answers for the Abitur exams should be announced in advance.
  15. Promotion of the elite
  16. The Russian is to blame for everything
    • The justification "It was Putin " should be recognized by German courts as discharging the debt.

In the run-up to the European elections in 2019, Die PARTTEI described itself as the “party of the extreme center” and ironically took up the controversial sociological concept of center extremism .

The PARTY and Titanic

The foundation was initiated on August 2, 2004 by editors of the satirical magazine Titanic , which appears in Frankfurt am Main , and its editorial team and the party leadership are closely linked to one another to this day. The Federal Chairman Sonneborn was previously editor-in-chief of Titanic, as was the Honorary Chairman Oliver Maria Schmitt . Although the official seat of the PARTY is in Kopischstrasse in Berlin , the fax connection it specified was identical to that of the Titanic editorial team in Frankfurt until 2011 . Since then, the connection has been identical to the fax connection of the Titanic publishing house in Berlin. The Titanic also functions as the party's official organ.

A party member with a poster "Lower Ostrenten" in the FDP design at an FDP election campaign event with Rainer Brüderle (2013)

The Titanic took part before the founding of PARTY with satirical promotions at various election campaigns in Germany. For the 2002 federal election, the editors faked an FDP information booth with anti-Semitic slogans; in January 2003, several Titanic employees went to Hessen as alleged top SPD candidates . At the state elections in Bavaria in 2003 , Titanic finally declared on behalf of the Bavarian SPD in view of the superior power of the CSU: “We are giving up”. The PARTY continued this and appeared several times during the federal election campaign in 2013 with posters in the design of other parties at their election campaign events.

Even before the reunification, the Titanic spoke out against such a thing. Titanic -Mitgründer Clovis Poth said: "The final division of Germany - that's our job," this sentence is found in December 1989 Imprint of the Titanic, in allusion to the decades in the imprint of the Bild newspaper quote used "The unity of the motherland in Freedom, that is our mission ”. The PARTY also uses a well-known quote from the history of the division of Germany: “Nobody intends to build a wall. Except us. ”The first sentence quotes Walter Ulbricht , who, as Chairman of the State Council of the GDR , denied plans to build the Berlin Wall with these words in 1961 .


Founded in 2004 until the Bundestag election in 2005

The PARTY was founded on August 2nd, 2004. In the weeks that followed, the number of members increased rapidly due to the great media coverage. 400 members were required for a party to be admitted, but by the time the membership applications were handed over to the Federal Returning Officer in Wiesbaden on September 9, 2004, 1,000 members had already joined. The information on the number of members at that time fluctuates between 4800, approx. 6000 and 8000. In the run-up to the admission to the federal election 2013, Die PARTTEI informed the Federal Returning Officer about the current number of members: As of June 30, 2013, Die PARTEI had 9,105 members.

The first local association was founded within two weeks on August 16, 2004 in the Marburg-Biedenkopf district . The first regional association followed two months later on October 24, 2004 at the North Rhine-Westphalian state party conference in Münster. This decided on a state list with 20 candidates for the state election on May 22, 2005 . Sonneborn saw the 1000 supporter signatures required for their approval as uncritical, since at that time the PARTY already had 800 members in North Rhine-Westphalia. On April 4, 2005, Die PARTTEI finally submitted 1765 valid signatures to the regional returning officer, whereupon the regional electoral committee approved them on April 12, 2005. In the election on May 22, 2005, Die PARTTEI received only 1338 votes (0.016%). She then lodged a complaint against the official final result, as her state list could only be elected in the four districts in which direct candidates were also listed due to the North Rhine-Westphalian electoral law.

In addition to the Bremen regional association, which was founded in November 2004, six other regional associations in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hamburg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate were added in the course of 2005.

In the run-up to the early federal election on September 18, 2005 , the PARTEI held exploratory talks with the APPD party and its candidate for Chancellor Wolfgang Wendland in June 2005 about the goal of a common list that resulted in the establishment of a "special purpose alliance". The Federal Returning Officer allowed Die PARTTEI to vote on August 12, 2005, whereupon the number of signatures required for the state list was achieved in Berlin and Hamburg. The PARTY held a casting for candidates on September 3, 2005 in order to nominate a candidate for chancellor. "Two beautiful, politically interested young women under 35" prevailed: Katrin Bischof from Berlin and Kristina Sassenscheidt from Hamburg.

The PARTY hit the headlines because it offered 25 seconds of its election advertising time on ARD and ZDF or the possibility of product placement via a spot on the eBay auction house . The auction of the airtime met with criticism from ZDF, which described this action as an “embarrassing PR gag”. A private person then bought the advertising time for 14,049 euros. According to Sonneborn, however, this was bought back for twice the price. This indicated that the low-cost airline HLX had offered a six-figure euro amount for the placement of surreptitious advertising in the party's spots. However, a representative from HLX denied that any money had gone to The PARTY.

In fact, an election commercial with a tablecloth in the company's corporate design and a second in the company's complete design, including the mention of the name as an abbreviation for “ H ohe L eistungsma X imierung”, were broadcast. In your last commercial, the internet address and the notes “Flights across Europe from € 19.99” and “Fly at taxi prices” were clearly shown in the picture. Sonneborn wrongly states the name of the PARTY as “party for work, freedom of travel, flying at taxi prices and grassroots initiative” and ends his speech with the promise: “If we lose the election, we will leave the country immediately. For 19.99 euros. ". The Art Directors Club for Germany (ADC) e. V. awarded Titanic and the agency Scholz & Friends gold in the “Media” category in March 2006 for their election advertising.

In the election on September 18, 2005, 0.0% (874) in Baden-Württemberg, 0.2% (3838) in Berlin, 0.0% (2211) in North Rhine-Westphalia and 0.4 in Berlin % (7873) and in Hamburg 0.3% (2506) of the second votes. In the constituency of Berlin-Neukölln, Rolf Kohnen received 1.1% (1480) of the first votes. After the election, Sonneborn made the claim freely after Walter Ulbricht: "Nobody intends to form a government!" He sees the PARTY as the only election winner: “We came up to overthrow the Schröder regime - and the SPD has come to an end. We wanted to prevent Merkel from becoming Chancellor - and Merkel cannot become Chancellor. ”Furthermore, the PARTY received almost one percent of the vote in Berlin, which was their“ best result since the end of the war ”.

2006 to 2009 Bundestag election

On September 17, 2006, the PARTY entered two Berlin districts with a list for the district assembly . In addition, various direct candidates for the Berlin House of Representatives were set up, some from other parties such as the Pogo party and the KPD / RZ .

In the Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg , Die PARTEI was able to win 1.5% of the voters (1416 votes) in the election of the district assembly, the first vote was 1.4% (1247 votes). In the Neukölln district , Die PARTTEI achieved 0.8% (910 votes) and 1.9% of the first votes (1964 votes). The party Die PARTTEI thus managed to establish itself in 6th or 7th place in the electoral favor, as the first “ small party ” directly after the “big” parties.

In March 2007, Martin Sonneborn traveled with 25 delegates of the party (previously recruited through newspaper advertisements) for an "official state visit" to Georgia, where he was received by Shalva Natelashvili , chairman of the Georgian Workers' Party , the largest Georgian opposition party. Natelashvili did not recognize the satirical character and concluded an agreement with the party, which was reported on Georgian television. They agreed on "official cooperation at all levels, meetings and mutual campaign support". Sonneborn wrote about this trip in his PARTY book - How to found a party in Germany and take power .

On October 25, 2008, the 2nd Federal Party Congress took place in Nuremberg . In addition to the election of the new board, the candidate list for the European elections took place on June 7th, 2009 , for which the PARTY was not admitted. As part of this party congress, the anti-constitutional platform (VFP) was formed around board member Leo Fischer , whose three main demands are the abolition of federalism, the addition of a catalog of exceptional circumstances to Article 1 of the Basic Law and a war of aggression against Liechtenstein .

In July 2009, the Federal Electoral Committee , chaired by Federal Returning Officer Roderich Egeler , denied the PARTY party status for the 2009 Bundestag election . This was justified by the fact that after an overall assessment of all known circumstances, the PARTY did not meet the criteria for party status formulated in the party law. An urgent motion against this decision was not accepted by the Federal Constitutional Court, an election review complaint was rejected in April 2011. Despite the decision of the Federal Election Committee, the PARTY submitted a state list for Hamburg and also registered a number of individual applicants for the federal election. These reports were rejected by the responsible state and district returning officers. An objection to this by the federal electoral committee was unsuccessful. The urgent application submitted against this was rejected by the Federal Constitutional Court on August 25, 2009 as inadmissible, as a party could only proceed against the rejection of election proposals after the election. The "Law to improve legal protection in electoral matters" of July 19, 2012 amended the Basic Law, the Federal Constitutional Court Act and the Federal Election Act to the effect that an appeal against the failure of the Federal Electoral Committee to determine party status exists before the election (immediate appeal to the Federal Constitutional Court within a period of time of four days, Section 18 (4a) of the Federal Election Act).

At the beginning of August, Martin Sonneborn sent the then 23-year-old Munich student Samira El Ouassil into the race for political office as candidate for chancellor. The communication science graduate entered under the motto “Woman yes, but more beautiful” and wanted to ensure that “a rock goes through Germany”.

On August 13, 2009, the satirical film Die PARTEI was shown in cinemas nationwide.

On August 30, 2009, the PARTY took part in the local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia and achieved 0.58% in their stronghold of Krefeld .

On September 14, 2009, Martin Sonneborn called on the PARTY to vote for the Pirate Party in the upcoming federal election . The idea behind this is that in the event of the Pirate Party entering the Bundestag, one could argue before the Federal Constitutional Court that this was only achieved on the basis of the PARTY's election recommendation. A possible repetition of the Bundestag election would only take place if a change in the composition of the Bundestag could be expected due to an unjustified non-admission.

On November 3, 2009, Die PARTTEI appealed to the German Bundestag against the validity of the 2009 Bundestag election. For this step, she also saw confirmation in the inaugural speech of the newly elected Bundestag President Norbert Lammert , who had criticized the electoral approval of parties not yet represented in the Bundestag, "that in the responsible election committee, representatives of the established parties decide on the admission of competition".

The OSCE's final report on the 2009 Bundestag elections published on December 14, 2009 proposes a revision of the admission process for parties to the election, as the composition of the Federal Election Committee could favor subjective decisions, the admission regulations are very general and there is no provision for objections before the election day .

2010 to 2013 federal election

Martin Sonneborn and Die PARTTEI were honored with the Kulturnews-Award 2009 of the expert voting in the category “Best Entertainment 2009” for “Satire as a serious answer to politics that are not to be taken seriously”.

The state election committee of North Rhine-Westphalia approved the PARTY in its meeting on March 30, 2010 for the state election on May 9, 2010 . The share of the vote was 0.12%, the PARTY was able to increase its share of the vote sixfold compared to the previous state election in North Rhine-Westphalia.

On December 6, 2010, the PARTEI, represented by Gunnar Folke Schuppert , filed an election review complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court for non-admission to the 2009 Bundestag election, which was accepted for decision in February 2011. The complaint was rejected in April 2011 because the federal chairman of the party Die PARTEI, as the complainant, lacks the necessary authority to lodge a complaint.

In the Hamburg state election on February 20, 2011 , a result of 0.7% of the votes was achieved, slightly more than twice as many as in the previous election, and thus a new historical record in a state election. In the five districts of Hammerbrook , St. Pauli , Sternschanze , Veddel and Kleiner Grasbrook , the PARTY was able to win a higher percentage of votes than the FDP. In the Kleiner Grasbrook district it received 39 votes, or 5.3%, the same number of votes as the CDU, and in the Sternschanze district it received 5.8% of the votes.

On June 1, 2011, the Berlin state election committee approved the PARTY for election to the House of Representatives on September 18, 2011 . It came up with a state list and 16 constituency proposals for the House of Representatives as well as five district election proposals (Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Mitte, Pankow) for election to the district assembly . The central demands of the election program included the construction of a repository for radioactive waste in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Pankow and the reconstruction of the Berlin Wall. With 6680 (0.5%) first and 12,761 (0.9%) second votes, Die PARTTEI achieved a new high in a state election in this election. In the Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg it received 2.2% of the votes and thus more than twice as many as the FDP (1.0%).

In the state elections in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on September 4, 2011 , the PARTY won 0.2% of the votes with a state list.

In the Mayor election of the city of Frankfurt am Main on March 11, 2012, Oliver Maria Schmitt ran for Die PARTTEI and received 1.8% of the vote. The name of his program was "9.5 theses for Frankfurt - and none for Offenbach ."

In Saarland, the PARTY first ran for the 2012 state election . It achieved 0.7% in the Saarbrücken constituency and 0.8% in the Saarlouis constituency, but only came to 0.5% nationwide because it did not run in the third of three Saarland constituencies, the Neunkirchen constituency. The PARTY achieved the best result in the city of Saarlouis with 1.2%.

Information stand at the Bergmannstrasse Festival "Kreuzberg jazzt!" In Berlin (2013)

In March 2013 the party announced to the Federal Returning Officer that it was participating in the 2013 federal election , the candidate was Oliver Maria Schmitt . At its meeting on July 5, 2013 in Berlin, the Federal Election Committee approved the party for the 2013 federal election.

The PARTY received its first mandate in the local elections in Schleswig-Holstein on May 26, 2013 in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck with a share of the vote of 1.3%.

As part of the federal party conference on June 22, 2013 in Bremen, Die PARTTEI decided to run the 2014 European elections with a common list for all countries .

In the run-up to the 2013 federal election, the PARTY organized an iDemo in which they chanted demands that citizens had submitted via the website in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

In the 2013 federal election, Die PARTTEI, which only ran in five federal states, won 0.2% of the second votes nationwide (78,357). In Berlin it received 1.0%, in the constituency of Berlin-Kreuzberg / Prenzlauer Berg it even reached 1.9% of the vote.

European elections 2014 to state elections 2018

Poster holder for " We are more " in Fulda (2018)

Under the file number 2 BvE 7/13 , Die PARTEI and other small parties brought an action before the Federal Constitutional Court against the 3% threshold clause in European elections. At the hearing in Karlsruhe on December 18, 2013, she was represented by the lawyer Tim C. Werner with the words “In a democracy, every party must be given the opportunity to embarrass themselves in front of the voters” . The Federal Constitutional Court declared the threshold clause unconstitutional on February 26, 2014 and suspended it. On March 14, 2014, the members of the Federal Electoral Committee, chaired by Federal Returning Officer Roderich Egeler, unanimously approved the PARTY for the 2014 European elections.

In the 2014 European elections on May 25, 2014, 71 candidates ran for the European Parliament. With 0.63 percent of the vote, the PARTY achieved a seat in the European Parliament . With a result of more than 0.5% at the federal level, PARTEI also received funds from state party funding for the first time. In the state of Berlin she achieved 1.6% of the vote in this election.

In the state elections in Saxony on August 31st (0.7%) and in Thuringia on September 14th, 2014 (0.6%), Die PARTTEI achieved similarly high proportions of votes as in the European elections. In the state election in Brandenburg, which also took place on September 14, she did not run with a state list, but with isolated constituency candidates. The applicant Lutz Häschel received 3.7% of the first votes in the Cottbus I constituency for Die PARTTEI . In the election of the Lord Mayor of Cottbus , which took place on the same day , Lars Krause received 12.1% of the vote for Die PARTTEI.

In the Hamburg state election on February 15, 2015 , the state list achieved a share of 0.9% of the votes (2011: 0.7%). The PARTY took second place among the parties not represented in parliament. In the Bremen citizenship election on May 10, 2015 , Die PARTTEI competed for the first time and achieved 1.9% of the vote. The PARTY thus took first place among the parties not represented in parliament. In Bremerhaven , the PARTY moved into the city council.

In the Mayor election in Cologne in 2015 (North Rhine-Westphalia), Die PARTEI and its candidate Mark Benecke achieved 7.22% of the vote.

In the local elections in Hesse 2016 in March 2016, the PARTEI achieved only 0.1% nationwide, but 1.4% in Frankfurt am Main , and thus a seat in the Frankfurt city council.

In the state elections in Baden-Württemberg in 2016 in March 2016, PARTEI received 0.3% of the votes nationwide and was able to increase its 2011 result forty-four times: after 384 votes in the previous state elections, it received 17,049 votes this time. In the 25 of the total of 70 districts in which a PARTY candidate could run for election, results between 0.6 and 1.4% were achieved. During the first participation in the simultaneous elections in Saxony-Anhalt , a total of 0.5% of the second votes were won from the stand.

Foot group of the party "The PARTY" at ColognePride 2016
Foot group of the party "The PARTY" at ColognePride 2016

In the election for the House of Representatives in the State of Berlin in September 2016, Die PARTEI received 2% more second votes than all other parties not represented in the House of Representatives. In the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district , the PARTY received 4.6% of the votes in the elections for the district assembly. This means that their voters are represented by two members of the district parliament. In the local elections in Lower Saxony in 2016 , PARTY candidates were able to win 20 seats in district councils, municipal councils or district assemblies. With the transfer of a city council member from the Left in Hanover, Die PARTTEI achieved parliamentary group strength in a German city parliament for the first time in September 2016 . In the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia , Die PARTTEI received 3.6% of the first votes in downtown Cologne (candidate: Mark Benecke) and thus more votes than all other parties not represented in the state parliament, as well as the AfD. The overall result of the party Die PARTEI in NRW was with 0.65% of the second votes comparable with the state election in Schleswig-Holstein (0.6%) a week earlier.

For the general election in 2017 which came cabaret artist Serdar Somuncu for the PARTY as chancellor candidate. He won 7.2% of the first votes in the constituency of Berlin-Friedrichshain - Kreuzberg - Prenzlauer Berg Ost . Throughout Germany, Die PARTTEI achieved 1.0% of the second vote and is thus, after the Free Voters , the second strongest extra-parliamentary force.

In September 2017 it became known that since 2016 the satirist Shahak Shapira and PARTY members have infiltrated and taken over various Facebook groups of the AfD party .

The state elections in Lower Saxony (0.6%), Bavaria (0.4%) and Hesse (0.6%) brought the PARTY similar second vote results. Only in the district of Lower Bavaria was it not possible to draw up an electoral list.

European elections 2019

For the European elections in 2019 , the PARTY entered under the slogan “Enough for Europe” with a federal list with the top candidates Martin Sonneborn and Nico Semsrott . The other candidates were deliberately set up in such a way that their surnames should arouse associations with arms exports (list positions 3 and 4: bombs and war) and persons from the NS state (list positions 5 to 10: Göbbels, Speer, Bormann, Eichmann, Keitel and Hess) . Die PARTTEI left its election commercial broadcast on ZDF to the NGO Sea-Watch .

In the European elections, the PARTY achieved the greatest success in its history. It received 2.4% of the vote and thus won two seats in the European Parliament , which Martin Sonneborn and Nico Semsrott occupy. In terms of first-time voters, Die PARTTEI came third with 9%, just behind the CDU / CSU (11%) and the Greens (36%). In addition, for the first time, the PARTY became the strongest force among the parties not represented in the Bundestag in nationwide elections.

Especially in large cities, Die PARTTEI was able to achieve higher voting shares than the German national average. In Berlin the PARTY won 4.8%, in Hamburg 3.8%. The best nationwide result was achieved by Die PARTTEI in Leipzig with 5.7%. According to the official final result, the PARTY received a total of 899,079 votes, which was almost five times and relatively four times as many votes compared to the 2014 European elections.

State and local elections in 2019 and 2020

In the general election in Bremen , which was held at the same time as the European elections, according to the preliminary result, Die PARTEI achieved 1.66% in the sum of the party and candidate votes. In the European elections, she won 3.33% in the city-state.

In the mayoral elections in Lower Saxony, the candidate of the PARTY in Haselünne Hannah Vergeld received 19.1% of the votes, in the district elections in the Friesland district Sebastian Schroeter 21.2%.

For state elections in Saxony on September 1, 2019 entered the PARTY with top candidate Tom Rodig, reaching 1.6% of votes their all-time highest result in a state election in a tract of land . In the state elections held at the same time in Brandenburg , Die PARTTEI only ran with direct candidates.

In the state elections in Thuringia on October 27, 2019, Die PARTTEI achieved a result of 1.1% of the vote. After the general election in Hamburg on February 23, 2020, the PARTY led the extra-parliamentary opposition with 1.4% of the vote , as the FDP remains represented in parliament despite falling below the 5% hurdle.

Structure and members

Regional associations

Mark Benecke , state chairman of PARTEI in North Rhine-Westphalia (2015)
Regional association 1. Chairman Date and place of establishment Result of the last election of the state parliament
Baden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg Peter Mendelsohn June 5, 2005 (Mannheim) 0.3% ( 2016 )
Bavaria Bavaria Maximilian Hartl July 9, 2005 (Aschaffenburg) 0.4% ( 2018 )
Berlin Berlin Pelle Boese (Berlin-East)
Sebastian Voigt (Berlin-West)
June 1, 2005 (Berlin) 2.0% ( 2016 )
Brandenburg Brandenburg Rick Grothe April 12, 2014 (Krausnick) na ( 2019 )
Bremen Bremen Sandor Herms October 16, 2011 (Bremen) 1.7% ( 2019 )
Hamburg Hamburg Günter Flott July 22, 2005 (Hamburg) 1.4% ( 2020 )
Hesse Hesse Dominic Harapat July 9, 2005 (Frankfurt am Main) 0.6% ( 2018 )
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Eric Adelsberger April 24, 2009 0.6% ( 2016 )
Lower Saxony Lower Saxony Sarah Ellen Herfort April 1, 2012 (Hanover) 0.6% ( 2017 )
North Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia Mark Benecke October 24, 2004 (Münster) 0.65% ( 2017 )
Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland-Palatinate Celina Senking July 9, 2005 (Mainz) na ( 2016 )
Saarland Saarland Katharina Drängler February 4, 2012 (Saarlouis) na ( 2017 )
Saarland Saxony Steffen Retzlaff November 20, 2013 (Riesa) 1.6% ( 2019 )
Saxony-Anhalt Saxony-Anhalt Martin Bochmann December 13, 2014 (Salzwedel) 0.5% ( 2016 )
Schleswig-Holstein Schleswig-Holstein Tim Hampel April 23, 2009 (Uelvesbüll) 0.6% ( 2017 )
Thuringia Thuringia Eggs gildo July 23, 2011 (Erfurt) 1.1% ( 2019 )

Federal party congresses

The PARTY holds federal party conferences, members of which refer to this meeting as the “Federal PARTY conference”. The federal executive committee is re-elected about every two years at such a party congress. The PARTEI claims to hold the shortest federal party conferences of all parties.

Federal party congresses of the party
Serial No. date place particularities
1. BPT October 24, 2004 Münster (Principal Hall) -
2. BPT 10/25/2008 Nuremberg -
3. BPT 07/23/2011 Bottrop Loss of shoes on the Bottrop town hall.
4. BPT 06/23/2013 Bremen Compilation of the federal list for the European elections in Germany 2014
5. BPT September 12-14, 2014 cottbus Celebrations for the 10th anniversary, resolution to amend the statutes and election of a federal arbitration tribunal. About 300 members were present.
6. BPT May 20-22, 2016 Erfurt ("Old Party School" in the Erfurt Südpark ) Should initially take place on October 3, 2015 in Frankfurt (Main) under the motto “Day of German Duality”.
7. BPT August 31 - September 2, 2018 Schalkau Preparation of the federal list for the European elections in Germany 2019 with Martin Sonneborn and Nico Semsrott in the first two places.

College groups

Election stand of the party university group at the University of Bremen in 2016

Since 2005, the PARTY has repeatedly moved into student parliaments (StuPa) with university groups . In the 2008/09 legislative period, the university group appointed the Bielefeld StuPa deputy chairman, the StuPa president from Düsseldorf in 2009/10 and the StuPa vice president at the University of Applied Sciences Gießen-Friedberg (who later became StuPa president via a different list and then declared the election victory of LISTE without taking office) and the Karlsruhe StuPa president in 2010/11.

Founders of LISTE at the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, Tino Ranacher (left) and Michel Bienge

In the legislative period 2011/12 it provides a Wuppertal StuPa president and the chairman of the Independent Student Committee (UStA) in Karlsruhe.

In the legislative periods 2012/13 and 2013/14 she is involved in the AStA at the University of Bremen and provides a deputy SR-President. She has been represented there in the Academic Senate since 2014. After the committee election in 2016, it provides two of four student representatives in the Academic Senate. In the student council elections that took place at the same time, the university group won six seats with 365 votes; more than any other list. As a result, she provides the President of the Student Council and the AStA Chairman, among others. In the 2017/18 legislative period, it will again appoint the President of the Student Council and the AStA Chair.

The Socialist Unity Party Marburg (SEM), which had been part of the Marburg AStA since 2010 and was its CFO in the 2010/11 legislature, withdrew from this coalition in 2013 for political reasons and declared itself a university group close to the PARTY.

In Hamburg, the PARTEI university group works in several committees and, after the election, spoke about the formation of a general student committee of the extreme center with liberals and the Greens. After tough negotiations, however, the members of parliament agreed on a “peace-oriented” student committee. Members of LISTE hold the office of finance officer as well as the management of the public relations department.

In the 2015 summer semester, the university group Die LISTE at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf won two seats in the student parliament ; in the subsequent election in the 2015/16 winter semester she got a seat.

After new elections at the beginning of December in the AStA of the University of Mannheim , a coalition of Jusos, green-alternatives and Die LISTE (who started as a list for individual ethics, studies, animal love and eschatology ) were able to hold the offices of AStA chairman and the public relations department from the list Die LISTE to be occupied. After regular elections in mid-April, Die LISTE Mannheim was able to fill an AStA chair, various assignments and the newly created department for special tasks for the 2015/2016 legislature in the same coalition. Furthermore, she provided the 1st StuPa President and a representative in the Senate. After the parliamentary elections in 2016, she left the coalition, but continued to occupy 3 seats in the StuPa and appointed the Deputy StuPa President between June 2016 and June 2017. With 18.68% of the votes, LISTE Uni Mannheim won 4 seats for the first time in the StuPa elections in June 2017. She is currently neither represented in the AStA nor in the StuPa Presidium, but its chairman is a deputy member of the Senate Commission for Scientific Misconduct.

At the University of Rostock , the President of the Student Council, who was elected for the 2015/2016 legislative period, resigned in January 2016. In the course of the new elections, the candidate presented by Die LISTE Uni Rostock was elected President for the further legislative period.

The LISTE Hochschulgruppe Nordhausen was also founded at the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences in 2015. Founded by Tino Ranacher and Michel Bienge, they moved 25% to the student council in the first year, where they held the positions of chairman and first assessor. In the following year, Michel Bienge and Andrey Dretvic ran again for the Student Council and achieved the second-highest vote with 14.3%. Andrey Dretvic moved into the StuRa for the third time in January 2017 for Die LISTE.

On July 8, 2017, students from various universities in North Rhine-Westphalia founded the state association Die LISTE NRW on the fringes of the state party congress in North Rhine-Westphalia. Dominic Alexander Windolph, Timo Andrejewski and Jonas Neubürger were elected to the board.

As part of the federal party convention, Die LISTE - Federal Association was founded on May 21, 2016 to coordinate the LISTEn and party university groups and organize training courses. The first nationwide meeting of the LISTEn and party university groups took place on the weekend of 22./23. September 2018 in Göttingen.

Party associations abroad

  • Belgium: The PARTTEI Brussels branch was founded at the end of 2016.
  • Luxembourg : The offshoot founded in December 2019 is called "d'PARTEI", which in Luxembourg stands for Die PARTEI. In contrast, a blue color scheme is used, and in the acronym "Tierschutz" had to be replaced by "Trickmaschine".
  • Austria : Founded on October 26, 2014, the Austrian national holiday, in the “Hopferl” beer pub in Vienna , Die PARTTEI wanted to run for the 2019 National Council elections only five years later , but this did not happen.

Youth organization HintnerJugend

The Hintnerjugend ( spelling : HintnerJugend ) is the party's youth organization. It was founded under the motto “We need a children and youth movement, because we need a children and youth movement!” On June 5, 2005 at the party's state party conference in Mannheim . It is named after the Secretary General Thomas Hintner, alluding to the Hitler Youth . The chairmen are Michèle Scholtz and Bernd Sandner.

The Hintnerjugend looks after the political offspring, who can then move up to the party's own Prosecco youth after being involved in the Hintnerjugend . The official greeting of the youth organization is: “Hi Hintner!” The clothing of the Hintner youth is a blue shirt with gray trousers and a red scarf. The logo of the youth organization shows a red tadpole on a black background.

The Hintnerjugend is divided into the North, East, South and West League. You can become a member from the age of five. The members are divided into spawn , tadpole , young frog , frog and toad frog .

The religion

The religion for eternal life, intra-family sexual intercourse, anything with divine revelation and charity (in short: the RELIGION ) was founded in September 2013 by functionaries of the party and, analogous to this, represents a parody of the church institutions, in particular the Catholic Church .

RELIGION describes itself as a “customer-oriented service religion”, in which everyone can believe in any content and gods and has to adhere to individually designed customs and commandments. The head of the community is the “extra-parliamentary antipope ”. The office is reassigned every four years.

RELIGION publishes its own satirical magazine Der WACHTURM at irregular intervals . Its title alludes to the similarly named organ The Watchtower of Jehovah's Witnesses .

Elected officials

The PARTY has won numerous mandates in local parliaments and one (2014) and two (2019) in the European Parliament, in state parliaments and in the Bundestag, it has not yet been represented.


The PARTEI obtained its first mandates through the transfer of elected mandate holders from other parties, the first in the Council of the City of Leverkusen (May 2011), also in the Council of the City of Saarlouis (December 2012), in the Essen-West district representation (May 2014) and in the District assembly of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in Berlin (November 2016). Further transfers took place in 2018 in Fulda and Hechthausen .

Local elections in Schleswig-Holstein in May 2013

The PARTEI sent its first directly elected mandate holder with Bastian Langbehn to the citizenship of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in the local elections in Schleswig-Holstein in May 2013 .

Local elections in Bavaria in March 2014

In the Bavarian municipal elections in March 2014 , one of the 14 seats on the municipal council was won in Dollnstein with 8.6% of the vote.

European and local elections in May 2014

In the 2014 European elections , the PARTY received a seat in the European Parliament. This is taken by the party chairman Martin Sonneborn, who regularly contributes the “Report from Brussels” to the Titanic .

In the local elections , which took place at the same time, several seats in municipal or city councils could be filled in three federal states:

Local elections in Hesse and Lower Saxony in 2016

  • In the local elections in Hesse on March 9, 2016, Nico Wehnemann entered the city council of Frankfurt am Main with 1.4% for Die PARTEI and founded the FRAKTION parliamentary group there with representatives of two other small parties . In Offenbach am Main , the party missed the leap into the city council with 0.5% of the vote and in Darmstadt with 0.3%.
  • In the local elections in Lower Saxony on September 11, 2016, Die PARTTEI was able to win mandates in five cities, in the councils of the two largest cities one mandate in Hanover and two mandates in Braunschweig , one mandate each in the cities of Celle , Göttingen and Wilhelmshaven . With the transfer of the former parliamentary leader of the party Die Linke , Oliver Förste, a parliamentary group could for the first time be founded in the city council that only consists of PARTY members. Also in the Regional Assembly , the Parliament of the 1.1 million populous region of Hanover , she moved in these elections, and then the Left Party was formed there with pirate and a renegade member of the group "REGION" ( the R egionsgruppe for E inheitsbrei, G facilitated position , I ntegration, O penness and N etiquette). In the district elections in the district of Göttingen , the PARTY won a mandate with a lead of 0.06 percentage points over the NPD and prevented its entry into the district council. In total, the PARTY won more than 20 mandates at the district, municipality and district level in these local elections.

Local elections in Schleswig-Holstein in May 2018

In the local elections in Schleswig-Holstein in 2018 , the PARTY was able to defend its mandate in the Lübeck citizenship with 2.5% of the vote. In the state capital of Kiel it moved into the council with 2.6%.

European elections, citizenship elections in Bremen and local elections in May 2019

In the 2019 European elections on May 26, 2019, Martin Sonneborn defended his seat in the European Parliament. With him, Nico Semsrott moved into parliament, who announced his accession to the group The Greens / European Free Alliance on June 4, 2019 .

In the Bremen citizenship election, Ute Niehaus defended her seat in the Bremerhaven city ​​council with 1.91% of the votes . In Bremen, the PARTY is represented in seven local councils, each with one seat.

In the local elections in eight federal states taking place at the same time as the European elections , Die PARTTEI was able to move into several city and community councils:

  • In the municipal elections in Baden-Württemberg , the PARTY quadrupled its share of the vote in the elections to the municipal council in Karlsruhe to 4.6% of the votes. In Freiburg it reached 2.7%, in Heidelberg it also moved to the municipal council for the first time with 2.7%. In the elections to the municipal council in Tübingen , the electoral community Die PARTTEI / Stammtisch "Unser Huhn" won two seats with 4.1%. In the state capital Stuttgart , an individual city councilor of the party Die PARTTEI made it into the municipal council with 1.5% of the votes. In the municipality of Grafenau Die PARTTEI got 8.16% and moved into the municipality council with two councilors, in Hemmingen it won a seat in the municipality council with 7.47% and in Emmendingen it won a seat in the municipality council with 3.09%. In Denzlingen , too , it was possible to gain a seat on the municipal council with 4.33%.
  • In the local elections in Saxony , the PARTY succeeded in entering the city councils of the three large cities of the state: In Leipzig the party won two seats with 3% of the votes, in Chemnitz with 3% of the votes one seat and in Dresden with 1.8% a seat for Max Aschenbach (the official final result was determined on June 11, 2019).

Overall, the number of municipal mandates rose from 43 to 107 mandates after the elections.

Local elections in Bavaria in March 2020

In the local elections in Bavaria 2020 , the PARTY won a seat in Baunach with 6.3%, in Roth with 4.6%, in Münnerstadt with 4.5% and in Burgau with 4.2% of the votes, in Fürstenfeldbruck with 3, 8% two seats and in Herzogenaurach with 3.4%, in Bamberg with 2.5%, in Regensburg with 1.8%, in Augsburg with 1.5%, and in Munich with 1.3% of the votes one seat in City council, in Geroldsgrün with 9.9% and in Dießen am Ammersee with 2.8% a seat in the local council and a seat in the district assembly Landsberg am Lech . An election community of the Left and the PARTY succeeded in Muhldorf am Inn 3.6% in Carlstadt with 3.48% and in Dachau 1.4% of the way into the city council and in the counties of Mühldorf and Dachau the catchment in the district council, an electoral community from the PARTY and pirates with 1.7% of the entry into the city council of Nuremberg . A list of the Left / mut Bayern / Pirates / The PARTY / V Partei³ reached in Rosenheim 3.2% of the vote, city council seat and a council seat in the district of Rosenheim . PARTY member Alois Eder moved in Dollnstein for the voter group "Responsibility for Dollnstein" again in the municipal council.

Members and supporters

Party members (selection)
Martin Sonneborn -
satirist, journalist
Nico Semsrott -
cabaret artist
Mark Benecke -
Forensic Biologist
Maxim Drüner -
Rapper ( KIZ )
Samira El Ouassil -
author, actress
Bela B Felsenheimer -
musician ( Die Ärzte ), actor, writer, voice actor
Leo Fischer -
author, columnist, satirist
Oliver Maria Schmitt -
writer, satirist
Nico Seyfrid -
Rapper ( KIZ )

The PARTY includes Martin Sonneborn , Nico Semsrott , Mark Benecke , Samira El Ouassil , Bela B , Leo Fischer , Rod González , Oliver Maria Schmitt and the hip-hoppers Maxim and Nico ( KIZ group ). As supporters for the state elections in 2010, Hella von Sinnen , Dirk Bach and Guildo Horn were photographed with party officials. Members of the bands Slime and Antilopen Gang as well as the rapper Nilo Destino appeared at party events. Jacques Palminger , Rocko Schamoni , Shahak Shapira , Heinz Strunk and Serdar Somuncu also appeared as supporters on various occasions .

Membership development

year Members on December 31 Change% to previous year
2013 10,709 0.0
2014 14,158 + 32.2%
2015 17,883 + 26.3%
2016 22,312 + 24.8%
2017 27,958 + 25.3%
2018 31,252 + 11.78%
2019 42,681 +36.57%

Party funding

According to the German law on political parties dating from before 2016, the amount of state partial financing of a party may not exceed the sum of its self-generated income. The state allocation resulting from the votes obtained is therefore capped at the level of the company's own income, whereby before 2016 the sales achieved - i.e. not just the profit - were taken into account as allocation-effective income. In order to increase its own income, Die PARTEI therefore “sold” 20, 50 and 100 euro notes with postcards in 2014 as a bonus for each 5 euro above face value. She was referring to the activities of Alternative für Deutschland , which had set up a gold trade for similar reasons. After the “money sale”, the party claimed around 190,000 euros as “income from business activities” in its statement of accounts vis-à-vis the Bundestag administration.

After the Bundestag administration became aware of the background, they asked for 72,000 euros back from the PARTY. She was also fined 384,000 euros for “incorrect information”. The PARTY has filed an action against this ( Verwaltungsgericht Berlin , Az .: VG 2 K 413.16). In the process, she received support from Martin Morlok , Director of the Institute for German and International Party Law and Party Research . On September 21, 2017, the court upheld the lawsuit and allowed the appeal to the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg and the jump appeal to the Federal Administrative Court. The Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court confirmed the lower court's view, but also allowed the appeal to the Federal Administrative Court, which was carried out by the Bundestag administration. In mid-May 2020, the Federal Administrative Court dismissed the Bundestag administration's action and decided that the PARTY was allowed to sell money. In 2015, one thousand 100 euro bills were sold at a price of 80 euros each.

Following an amendment to the Political Parties Act on January 1, 2016, income from corporate activities is no longer decisive in the annual reports from the 2015 financial year, but rather the profit for the upper limit.

Party anthem

A textually modified version of the party's song is now used as the “final PARTY anthem”.

Election results

Results of federal elections

Bundestag election results
year First votes % Change percentage points Modification % Second votes % Change percentage points Modification %
2005 6,923 0.0 - - 10,379 0.0 - -
2013 39,388 0.1 +0.1 + 454% 78,674 0.2 +0.2 + 658%
2017 245.415 0.5 +0.4 +523% 452.922 1.0 +0.8 + 475%

Overview of the results of federal, European and state elections

Results of federal, European and state elections
2005 0.02% 0.02% n / A
2006 0.02% n. D. n / A n / A n / A
2007 n / A
2008 n / A 0.25% n / A n / A
2009 n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A n / A
2010 0.12%
2011 0.01% 0.88% n / A 0.38% 0.24% n / A n / A
2012 0.29% 0.46% n. D.
2013 0.18% n / A 0.48% n / A
2014 0.63% n. D. 0.71% 0.59%
2015 1.87% 0.90%
2016 0.32% 1.95% 0.63% n / A 0.53%
2017 0.98% 0.59% 0.65% n / A 0.56%
2018 0.44% 0.64%
2019 2.40% n. D. 1.66% 1.55% 1.13%
2020 1.40%
  Entry into parliament
fat best result for this election
n / A not started
n. D. only started with direct candidates



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  • Martin Sonneborn: The PARTY book. How to found a party in Germany and take power. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2009, ISBN 978-3-462-04090-6 .
  • Gerd Bruckner: The PARTY - Political Manifesto 1.0. Inspiration and motivation for a self-determined future. Cybernex, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-00-032278-5 .
  • Jan Vahlenkamp: Satire as an expression of political will? - A poll of PARTY voters. AV Akademikerverlag, Saarbrücken 2015, ISBN 978-3-639-79261-4 .
  • Vera Podskalsky: Jan Böhmermann and DIE PARTTEI: New forms of satire in the 21st century and their ethical (im) limitation. Ergon, Würzburg 2017, ISBN 978-3-95650-252-1 .
  • Martin Sonneborn: Mr. Sonneborn is going to Brussels. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2019, ISBN 978-3-462-05261-9 .

Film adaptations

See also

Web links

Commons : The PARTY  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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