On Friday, December 5, Bodo Ramelow became the first politician of the Left Party to be elected premier of a German state.
The Czech paper Hospodářské noviny writes:
“The Left Party for which Ramelow ran may be the direct successor of the SED, the party of the East German communists, but this is not a return to old times. Democracy is not in danger, especially since the post-communists won’t rule alone in Thuringia but together with the Greens and the SPD. This is more a sign that the radical left is gaining more and more support.
“The Left Party propagates a ‘democratic socialism’ and demands a reform of capitalism in its manifesto, however it doesn’t profess commitment to Marx or Lenin but rather to Keynesianism and the modern intellectual proponents of social justice. In 1989, the party’s leader, Katja Kipping, was just eleven years old.”