Janine Wissler

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Janine Wissler (2019)

Janine Wissler (actually Janine Wißler; born May 23, 1981 in Langen , Hessen ) is a German politician of the Die Linke party . On 27 February 2021 it was together with Susanne Hennig for party chairman elected. She has also been a member of the Hessian state parliament since 2008 and has been her party's parliamentary group leader there since 2009 . Since January 2019 she has been chairwoman of the committee for economy, energy, transport and housing in the Hessian state parliament. For the federal election in 2021 she will appear asCo-top candidate of the left.

Origin and curriculum vitae

Janine Wissler grew up in Dreieich and Neu-Isenburg (both in the Offenbach district in Hesse ). Her father was a sales manager at a hardware store chain and a trade unionist, her mother was an employee of a car insurance company . Her mother was politically active in the DKP in the 1970s and later sympathized with the Greens . Wissler attended the Wingert School in Dreieich from 1987 to 1991 and the Ricarda-Huch School from 1991 to 2001, where she passed the Abitur . She then completed a degree in political science from 2001 to 2012 at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main , from which she graduated as a political scientist. In addition to her studies, she worked as a part-time saleswoman in a hardware store from 2002 to 2006 . In addition, from 2006 to 2008 she worked in the constituency office of Member of the Bundestag Werner Dreibus .

Wissler is single and lives in Frankfurt am Main . She is a football fan and a member of the Eintracht Frankfurt fan club in the Hessian state parliament.


As a student, she and others founded the Hessian WASG in 2004 in protest against Agenda 2010 of the red-green federal government .

Offices and memberships

Speech at the 7th Party Congress (2021)

After the merger of the WASG with the PDS to form the Left Party in June 2007, Wissler became a member of the federal executive committee and the Hessian state executive committee. In the state elections in January 2008 , Wissler moved into parliament via the state list, which she entered again in the new 2009 election . In both elections she also ran in the constituency of Frankfurt am Main VI . From 2008 to 2009 she was deputy chairman of the left-wing parliamentary group in the Hessian state parliament, and from 2009 she chaired it together with Willi van Ooyen . Since his resignation, she has been the sole chairwoman. In the state elections in 2013 and 2018 , she ran in the constituency of Frankfurt am Main II and moved back into the state parliament via the state list.

Wissler has chaired the Frankfurt am Main district association since 2011. In 2012 she ran for the mayoral elections and received 3.8% of the votes in the first ballot on February 25, 2012. In the 2018 Frankfurt mayoral election, she won 8.8 percent in the first ballot.

Wissler was elected deputy chairwoman of her party at the 4th federal party conference in May 2014 in Berlin. On September 4, 2020, she announced that she was running for the federal presidency.

She is a member of Attac and Verdi . She ended her membership of the support group of the Trotskyist network Marx21 and membership in the Socialist Left , two groups on the left fringe of the party observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution , as well as her membership of the left-wing movement , as part of her application for party chairmanship.

At the 7th federal party conference in February 2021, Janine Wissler was elected federal chairman of the party Die Linke with 84.2% of the vote.

In April 2021, she announced that she would run for the 2021 federal election on list number 1 of the Left Hesse and thus want to switch to federal politics. In May 2021, the party executive of the Left chose Wissler and Dietmar Bartsch as the top duo for the 2021 federal election.

Political positions

As the state chairman of the Left, Ulrich Wilken declared in the run-up to the state elections in Hesse in 2013 that Wissler “stands for a clear left profile for peace and social justice ”. For representatives of the other parliamentary groups, it is considered "reliable" and "comparatively constructive". Because of its influence in the Trotskyist association Linksruck and related left-wing political positions, it is also controversial within its party.

Janine Wissler rejects capitalism as an “inhuman, cruel system”. The FAZ refers to a speech by Wissler in 2011, in which she stated that the desired classless society could "not be achieved through parliaments or governments"; rather, historical progress has always been fought for through revolutions . She also said that one should “not be under the illusion” that one could “turn society off its hinges” by means of “motions and speeches in parliament [...]”. Her party colleague Bernd Riexinger considers this excerpt from her speech to be taken out of context and stated in 2020 that Wissler had performed “pretty good” parliamentarism in the Hesse state parliament.

In terms of foreign and defense policy, in 2014 she spoke out in favor of the Federal Republic of Germany leaving NATO and dissolving the alliance. She rejects deployments abroad, even under a UN mandate , as "there are no 'humanitarian interventions'". Regarding a possible coalition with other parties, she said in 2020 that ending the Bundeswehr missions and stopping arms exports are among the "non-negotiable" principles for her.

During the corona pandemic, Wissler renewed her demand for a property levy for the "richest 0.7 percent of the population" with regard to the increasing expenditure of the state and described the 150 euro one-off payment to Hartz IV recipients as insufficient. She expressed concern that the corona crisis would further exacerbate social inequality.

At the demonstrations for the opening of the new building of the ECB on March 18, 2015, she worked as a parliamentary observer and also accompanied the Italian “rainbow” group. According to the police, this was allegedly responsible for riots in the city center. Wissler condemned the acts: “That is definitely not what it should be about. We wanted a peaceful protest against the ECB. "

At the federal party congress of the Left Party in June 2018, as the Hessian parliamentary group leader, she stood up against collective deportations with the cry "Long live the anti-deportation industry !" As a consequence of his involvement in the NSU complex, she also called for the protection of the constitution to be dissolved. After her election as co-party chairman, the Hessian CDU general secretary Manfred Pentz emphasized that the positions of the left with Wissler “as a self-confessed communist” cannot differ in content from those of the Christian Democrats.

Appearance and perception

Wissler's rapid rise within the party and in parliament as a very young politician during the reign of the conservative Hessian Prime Minister Roland Koch was supported by the left party leadership at the time . Wissler is considered to be one of the best speakers in the Hessian state parliament. When she was elected deputy federal chairman of the Left in 2014, she received by far the best result of all candidates. She is considered to be well connected, also from her time with the Trotskyist organization “Linksruck”, whose positions she has never given up.

Affected in the Hessian police scandal

Wissler is one of those affected by the Hessian police scandal . In the summer of 2020, right-wing extremist death threats were made known, which were launched against them in February 2020 using data from confidential queries from a police computer and were marked with the abbreviation " NSU 2.0 ". In July 2020, together with other Hessian politicians and two politicians from the Left Party working in Berlin , she received new threatening emails of this type and spoke of a clear threat to her life. The Hessian Interior Minister Peter Beuth ( CDU ) then appointed a special investigator and, for the first time in the course of the scandal, granted the possibility of a right-wing extremist network within the Hesse police force . According to his information, Beuth was not informed about the investigation by the Hessian State Criminal Police Office into the threatening emails against Wissler. At the beginning of May 2021, a 53-year-old unemployed German was arrested who is said to have sent more than a hundred right-wing extremist threatening letters. So far it remains unclear how he got the address data. The head of the Federal Criminal Police Office, Holger Münch , said there were several plausible explanations. In addition to a technical security gap or contact with police officers, this also includes a manipulative manner of procurement.

Web links

Commons : Janine Wissler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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