The Left parliamentary group in the Bundestag
The parliamentary group Die Linke in the Bundestag ( left parliamentary group for short, proper spelling parliamentary group DIE LINKE. In the Bundestag ) is the parliamentary group of the Die Linke party in the German Bundestag .
The left-wing parliamentary group was constituted on September 23, 2005. Before the merger of WASG and Linkspartei.PDS into Die Linke on June 16, 2007, the left-wing parliamentary group was the joint group of independent MPs and members of the two source parties in the German Bundestag . The group chairmanship was initially shared by Gregor Gysi and Oskar Lafontaine , after the federal election in 2009 Gysi was elected sole chairman due to Lafontaine's retreat due to illness. After Gysi's renouncement of a renewed candidacy for the parliamentary group chairmanship, Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch were elected group chairmen in October 2015 . In November 2019, Amira Mohamed Ali was elected to succeed Sahra Wagenknecht.
On February 26, 2010, 50 members of the left-wing parliamentary group were excluded from the Bundestag debate on the extension of the Afghanistan mission by President of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert after they had violated the rules of procedure of the German Bundestag by placing posters with names and ages from their seats by victims of the fatal air strikes in early September 2009 near Kunduz . The group then closed the plenary session. Notwithstanding the rules of procedure of the Bundestag, the parliamentary group was allowed to vote again at the suggestion of Lammert, in which it voted unanimously against the deployment.
In October 2013, the daily newspaper Die Welt charged that Ruth Kampa, the employed parliamentary group manager, had worked as an unofficial employee for the Ministry of State Security for over 20 years . Kampa was instead hired as a legal advisor.
The parliamentary group executive committee has consisted of the following people since February 2020:
|Surname||position||Area of responsibility|
|Dietmar Bartsch||Group leader|
|Amira Mohamed Ali||Group leaders|
|Jan Korte||First parliamentary manager|
|Andrej Hunko||Deputy Group Chairman|
|Caren Lay||Deputy Group Chairperson|
|Susanne Ferschl||Deputy Group Chairperson||Head of Working Group I
Labor, Social Affairs and Health
|Gesine Loetzsch||Deputy Group Chairperson||Head of Working Group II
Social-Ecological Conversion and Budget
|Fabio De Masi||Deputy Group Chairman||Head of Working Group III
Economy and Finance
|Petra custom||Deputy Group Chairperson||Head of Working Group IV
Culture, Knowledge, Lifestyles
|André Hahn||Deputy Group Chairman||Head of Working
Group V Civil Rights and Democracy
|Heike Hansel||Deputy Group Chairperson||Head of Working Group VI
|Cornelia Möhring||Deputy Group Chairperson||Women's policy spokeswoman|
|Hubertus Zdebel||Social Movements Commissioner|
|Petra Pau||Vice-President of the German Bundestag|
|Katja Kipping||Party leader|
|Bernd Riexinger||Party leader|
The female MPs form the women's plenary. It elects the women’s policy spokesperson, who is a deputy group leader on the group's executive committee, and has the right to veto group decisions.
Composition in the 19th German Bundestag
- Gregor Gysi in Treptow - Köpenick (since 2005)
- Stefan Liebich in Pankow (since 2009)
- Gesine Lötzsch in Lichtenberg (since 2002)
- Petra Pau in Marzahn - Hellersdorf (since 2002)
- Sören Pellmann in Leipzig II (since 2017)
The average age of the members of the left parliamentary group is 50.0 years (as of November 30, 2017). The parliamentary group appoints “spokespersons” who communicate the group's opinion to the outside world on certain subject areas and who can be addressed on the specific subject areas.
Since 2002 the majority of the parliamentary group's members have been donating EUR 200 per month to the association of the parliamentary group Die Linke e. V. to support political and cultural projects. The association promotes not only international projects of medica mondiale ( Alternative Nobel Prize in 2008) to the solar energy project in Cuba , but such. B. also the Staßfurter Tafel or a project for people with disabilities in the Kyffhäuserkreis .
Observation by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution
At the beginning of 2012, a report by the news magazine Der Spiegel announced that 27 members of the Bundestag from the left-wing parliamentary group, and thus more than a third of the members of the left-wing parliamentary group, are being monitored separately by the constitution protection. Almost the entire leadership of the parliamentary group was among those observed . The extent of the observation is controversial and has been criticized by politicians from the FDP, SPD, Greens and the CDU. In 2013, too, according to Spiegel information, 25 of the 57 members of the Bundestag left were under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
In March 2014, the Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière , informed the parliamentary group leader Gregor Gysi that members of the Bundestag on the left would no longer be observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and that members of the Bundestag would "in future be generally exempt from observation by the domestic secret service".
- This designation is meanwhile also transferred to parliamentary groups at the state and municipal level (e.g. Hamburg left parliamentary group or left parliamentary group Cologne ).
- Wagenknecht and Bartsch elected parliamentary group chairmen zeit.de, October 13, 2015
- Amira Mohamed Ali is the new co-leader of the left-wing parliamentary group spiegel.de, November 12, 2019
- Lammert throws leftists out of the Bundestag. In: Spiegel Online. February 26, 2010, accessed November 30, 2014 .
- Afghanistan debate in the Bundestag - leftists provoke expulsion. In: sueddeutsche.de. February 26, 2010, accessed November 30, 2014 .
- Martin Lutz, Uwe Müller: The Stasi woman on Gregor Gysis page , Die Welt, October 4, 2013
- Matthias Meisner: Stasi spy becomes legal advisor for the parliamentary group , Der Tagesspiegel, November 28, 2013
- Members of the board of the parliamentary group linksfraktion.de
- Women's plenum linksfraktion.de
- Average age bundestag.de
- Policy spokespersons linksfraktion.de
- Left MdB supported over 300 projects in 2008. In: Press release by the chairwoman of the association Barbara Höll, Member of the Bundestag. February 25, 2009, accessed September 22, 2012 .
- Protection of the Constitution observed 27 left-wing MPs. In: Spiegel Online. January 22, 2012, accessed November 30, 2014 .
- Criticism of observation of the Left Party by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution Monitoring of MPs "unbearable" ( Memento from February 23, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
- Secret service observed 25 left-wing MPs. In: Spiegel Online. June 2, 2013, accessed November 30, 2014 .
- protection of the constitution reacts to judgment, left-wing MPs without observation ( memento from October 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Tagesschau.de, accessed on March 15, 2014