Eddy about Wagenknecht speech – Schneider and De Masi leave the party

Sarah Wagenknecht

In her speech, Wagenknecht called for economic sanctions to be stopped.

(Photo: IMAGO/Christian Spicker)

Berlin After the fuss about a speech by the members of the Bundestag Sarah Wagenknecht and takes two prominent party exits Linke boss Martin Schirdewan the faction leadership in the duty. Ulrich Schneider, general manager of the Paritätischer Gesamtverband, had to resign justified among other things with the speech of Wagenknecht.

"The resignation of Schneider and others hurts a lot and shows that the disregard of democratic decisions when appearing on behalf of the parliamentary group by individual members of parliament is massively damaging to our party," said Schirdewan to the newspapers of the Funke media group.

"It's the task of the parliamentary group leadership to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again." The parliamentary group is led by Dietmar Bartsch and Amira Mohamed Ali.

During an appearance in the Bundestag last week, the former parliamentary group leader Wagenknecht accused the federal government of “starting an unprecedented economic war against our most important energy supplier” with regard to Russia. She called for economic sanctions to be lifted. Schirdewan and co-party leader Janine Wissler distanced themselves, vSeveral members of the Bundestag criticized Wagenknecht.

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Schneider left the party because of the speech. He explained that the left faction let Wagenknecht on the podium and what they then – “you should have known” – launched was too much.

Fabio De Masi

The left-wing politician announced his departure.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Fabio De Masi announced his departure from the party on Twitter. The current discussion about speeches was "no longer decisive," wrote De Masi.

He justified his move by saying that key party players were failing the majority of the population "who need a party that is convincingly committed to social justice and diplomacy". De Masi used to be for the left in the European Parliament and until 2021 in the Bundestag.

The state spokesman for the Hamburg Left Party, Thomas Iwan, regretted the announcement. "Fabio De Masi's departure from the party is bitter and it is a loss for the left," explained Iwan. The national association reorganized itself last weekend. "We would have liked to have had Fabio with us, known him by our side."

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