Busy week ahead

This is just to tell you about some of the many events happening this week. This afternoon, the HDP/HDK will be having an election party in Südblock where we can watch the results of the Turkish elections together:

Tomorrow (Monday), Erkin Erdogan, speaker of the HDP/HDK Berlin will be telling us what the election results mean and what happens next:

On Tuesday, the Coalition against Trump, of which we are part, has their next meeting. Among other things, we’ll be discussing the coming protest on 30 June against the imprisonment of children on the US-Mexican border. We’ll post more info about the protest after the meeting

On Thursday, we’re showing “Reserve Slaves” Michelangelo Severgnini’s new documentary about refugees in Southern Italy, followed by a discussion with Michelangelo and others. Its at 7pm in the Moviemento cinema

And on Friday and Saturday, die LINKE Berlin is organising 2 meetings: a basis conference on Friday in ND-Haus and a Markt der Möglichkeiten for new members on Saturday

If you need any more information about any of these events, please check us on the Internet or send us a message

Die LINKE Berlin Internationals



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Week-end retreat 16-17 June. You can sign up now

Information about our week-end retreat on 16-17 June is now available (info below). If you’d like to come to both days or just one, please fill in this form or send us a message

Friends and Comrades,

2 years ago the Die Linke Berlin International working group hosted an overnight retreat in Hermsdorf, it was tons of fun and We’re doing it again.
We will be spending the weekend June 16th and 17th at the Hermsdorf NaturFreundehaus, arriving Saturday for a day of fun, relaxation, and socialist socializing, and on Sunday for a program day of discussions and debates primarily about the European Union. If this sounds like fun then please read the details below, and register ASAP using this google form


Saturday is fun and relaxation day: there is a lake with a supervised swimming facility nearby, as well as lots of nature to explore. We will also watch movies together in the evening.
Sunday is programming day, this will include a brief introduction to the party structure of Die Linke and how the LAG “Internationals” fits into it, and more information on our planned activities for the next year and how to get more involved.
The majority of Sunday afternoon will be spent discussing the European Union and the left’s orientation towards it. We’ve chosen this focus because of the upcoming May 2019 European Parliament elections, and the ongoing relevance of discussions around Brexit and austerity policies in southern Europe.
We want to help provide LAG members and friends with a place to discuss these issues and to think strategically together about how a left perspective on the EU and EU parliament elections should look.


13:15 – leave together from the U8 platform at Alexanderplatz
14:00 – arrive at NaturFreundehaus Hermsdorfer Fließtal
14:00-14:30 – drop off bags, tour the facility, select and make beds
14:30-18:30 – free time: explore the nearby nature and quaint neighbourhoods, go swimming in the lake, relax in the NaturFreundehaus yard. (If the weather is bad we will plan more indoor group activities, like games, more movies etc.)
18:30 – 20:00 – Food, drink, general merriment, we will eat the food prepared by some of the comrades in the last hour of free time.
20:00 – 22:00 – Fun movie: we will watch a mostly entertaining movie with a somewhat leftist-related theme, likely either The Young Karl Marx or The Death of Stalin. You can vote/make other suggestions in the registration form.
22:00- Late – Documentary: what we watch here is undecided, so please suggest ideas in the registration form if you have any


10:00-11:00 – breakfast
11:00- 12:00 – Die Linke: and the LAG Internationals: Past, Present Future – Judith Benda, Phil Butland
12:00 – 13:00 – the Berlin Internationals network: short introductions by groups we work with: (potentially) HDP/HDK, Podemos Berlin, Izquierda Unida Berlín, CUP/CDR/With Catalonia (all Catalonia), Bündnis für sexuelle Selbstbestimmung, Labour Berlin, Razem Berlin, The Coalition, Berlin Jacobin Reading Group, PRC/Potere Populo (Italy), France Insoumise, Frente Amplio (Chile)
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 – EU: Militarism and NATO – Judith Benda
15:00 – 16:00 – The Eurozone and crisis in the European periphery – TBD
16:00 – 17:00 Brexit and the question of a “left-exit”: is reform possible – Julia Damphouse, Phil Butland
17:00 -17:30 – The next year with Die Linke internationals: future meetings, brainstorming, and how to get involved
17:30-18:30 – overflow time/pack/clean up/departure


The venue is NaturFreundehaus Hermsdorfer Fließtal (Seebadstraße 27, 13467 Berlin) which is easily accessible with public transportation from Berlin.
Anyone who wants to travel together with the first group is welcome to join us, meeting at 13:00 on the U8 platform at Alexanderplatz. We will take the 13:15 train to U Wittenau, and then take the 220 bus in the direction Frohnau, Hainbuchenstr. to the stop Almutstraße, then walk for 10 minutes to the NaturFreundehaus.
Here is a google maps link to the Journey:
Anyone who wishes to arrive on their own later in the day is welcome to do so, just let us know in the registration form what time you plan to arrive.
For those who will only attend the programming day on Sunday. We will begin promptly at 11:00, but breakfast will be served from 10:00-11:00, if you plan to arrive in the morning, come before 11:00 to eat breakfast.


Food will be provided both days: Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, Sunday lunch, though bringing a snack for Saturday afternoon is advised.
For those staying over: the NaturFreundhaus provides bed linen for 4 euros, or you can bring your own.
After the day’s programming is finished and we tidy up the space, will leave together by 18:30.
Accommodation is free but if possible we ask for a contribution for the food and drinks.
hope to see you there!

– Julia, Phil, Judith

Monday: Striking teachers speak out

Hello everyone

Here‘s a message that the next meeting of die LINKE LAG Internationals will be on Monday at the 7pm in die LINKE Neukölln offices (Wipperstraße 6, S- and U-Bahn Neukölln). Striking teachers Kate Doyle Griffiths and Katy Fox-Hodess will be talking about the importance of their respective actions in West Virginia and in the UK 

Next Saturday, 31 March we‘ll be also on the Ostermarsch, the traditional demo of the German anti-war movement. Meeting at 12 noon at U-Bahn Turmstraße 

Mark your diaries for the following events:

  • On 14 April, the day of the Spanish republic, Izquierda Unida Berlín, Podemos Berlín and 15M- Marea Granate Berlín are organising a party in K9 with open mike, food and music. More info to follow
  • On 23 April, there‘s our next meeting where we may well be discussing Macedonia. If we do, you could do worse than reading this article.
  • In May or June we will be holding the next of our quarterly Public Meetings around the coming EU elections. This meeting will probably on the rise of the far right
  • On 16-17 June we‘re away for the week-end. On the Saturday we‘re organising some social activities and on the Sunday we‘re planning the coming year. A suggested programme will be posted here:

And finally, here are some photos from yesterday‘s action for abortion rights in Poland.

News on 24 November

Here are the minutes of our meeting last Tuesday. A video report of the meeting from Wellington and Kathleen will be on our Website soon.



You can read more about Wellington’s analysis on Brazil on the Website soon.



Our member Kathleen was one of the small group of individuals whích mobilised 2,000 people within 24 hours against Donald Trump. Kathleen argued that there was no great upsurge in people voting for Trump, but many former Obama voters were not inspired by Hillary Clinton. This means that resistance to Trump is both possible and necessary.

Two events are important here:

  • on 20 or 21 January there will be international demos on the day of Trump’s inauguration. We will be also organising something in Berlin
  • On 7 December there is a kick off meeting to coordinate the protests in Berlin. You’ll hear something from us very soon.



From 16-18 December, the European Left will be having a conference in Berlin. We are offering support, particularly on the Friday afternoon where we will help register delegates. We will also have a stall throughout the conference.

If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact us on lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de. For the specific requirements on the Friday, we’ll send out a doodle very soon.



Die LINKE Berlin will have its party conference on 10 December. Ana Barrena will be our delegate. We have also submitted 2 emergency motions:

  • “Die LINKE Berlin supports the planned protests against Donald Trump on 20/21 January around his inauguration as US president” (Kathleen will speak for this motion)
  • “Die LINKE Berlin is in solidarity with the imprisoned and removed politicians of our sister party the HDP and calls on the German government to end all support for the AKP government” (Ferat will speak for this motion)

As these are emergency motions, to submit them we need the support of 20 conference delegates. If you are a delegate or know delegates, please contact us.





We will be having our Christmas party on Saturday, 10th December in the Co-op café, Rochstraße 3 (near Alexanderplatz). Here’s the planned running order:

  • 18.15: Film (Sweden/USA): Black Power Mixtape
  • 21:00 Live Music (Iran/Germany): Kaveh
  • 22:00 DJ Set (Spain): SoulKino

The refugee theatre group is already performing somewhere else on the same evening but we’re trying to organise something with them.


On Thursday, 8th December, we’ll be buying food and stuff. If you can help us, please contact us at lag.internationals@die-linke-berlin.de for the exact time and place.




I think that was the most important things. Please contact us if you need to know more.


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This Thursday: Fabio DeMasi MEP on the EU in crisis

2014-05-15-1-0790Quick reminder: on Thursday we have our monthly meeting, and Fabio DeMasi MEP will be speaking on the EU in crisis. With the coming vote in Britain, the Panama Papers and the EU recently paying the Turkish government to stop refugees entering Europe, there’s plenty to talk about.

The meeting is at 7pm in Karl Liebknecht Haus on Rosa Luxemburg Platz. You can read more about it here:  https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/coming-events/may-26-plan-b-which-way-forward-for-the-european-left/. The discussion will be in English, but translated into other languages if required.

To stay informed:

DIE LINKE Berlin Internationals

Events Calender

    Hi folks

   We announced a lot of coming events at our meeting last night. They’ve now all been added to the “Coming Events” list in the right column of our Website https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/. There is also a list below. If you know of any other events that you think we should be publicizing, please let us know.

·         Friday 26 from 7pm/ Saturday 27 February from 10am: Fair Rents Conference in the TU
On the Saturday, we want to make a joint stall with Wahlrecht für Alle and Myrightisyourright, mobilising for the anti-racist carnival on March 20th. We’ll be at the workshop on refugees (“Kommunaler Wohnraum statt Massenunterkunft”) at 10am, and will meet with the WfA people in the break afterwards (11.30 – at the stall if the organisers confirm that we can have one)

·         Friday 4 March from 6pm: Clara Zetkin Prize in Südblock
We’ll be there giving out leaflets for the film on 11th March 

·         Saturday 5 March from 9am, Sunday 6 March from 10am in GLS Campus Berlin: Die LINKE national women’s conference

·         Sunday 6 March from 12 noon: International Women’s Day Demo from Rosa Luxemburg Platz
Find us in the LINKE Block near the front. We’ll  be marching behind our banner https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/picture-and-video-galleries/galleries/19-september-2015-marching-for-abortion-rights/

·         7 March – 1 May various events for the LINKE “Das muss drin sein” campaign
(http://www.die-linke.de/nc/kampagne/aktuell/) more information to follow

·         Friday 11 March from 8pm: Film – Girl’s Wings in the Moviemento cinema
(https://theleftberlin.wordpress.com/culture/soapbox-pictures/) followed by a  discussion with the director Hanna Salzer

·         Friday 11 March from 4pm and Saturday 12 March from 10am: LINKE Berlin party conference in WISTA, Berlin-Adlershof
This is where the election manifesto will be decided. Only delegates have voting rights, but anyone can attend.

·         Thursday 17 March from 7pm: Group organising meeting
we’ll let you know where

·         Friday 18 March from 6pm, Saturday 19 March from 10am: Die LINKE national anti-war conference in ND building

·         Sunday 20 March from 12 noon: anti-racist demo from Platz der Luftbrücke followed by carnival at Spreewaldplatz

·         Tuesday 22 March at 7pm: our meeting: Migrants, Refugees Berliners – affordable rents for all in Karl Liebknecht Haus
with Thorsten Bühl (Friedrichshain hilft) and Kerstin Meyer (100% Tempelhofer Feld)

·         Early April: informal meeting: What is die LINKE?
Several people expressed an interest in coming to this. We just need to find a convenient day and time. To help us do this, please fill in this dudle: https://dudle.inf.tu-dresden.de/What_is_die_LINKE/

·         Thursday 21 April from 7pm: Group organising meeting
planned, but we may move because of the following meeting:

·         Thursday 21 April from 5pm: BASF and the Marikana Massacre in the Volksbühne Grüner Salon
(http://www.rosalux.de/event/55255/basf-und-das-massaker-von-marikana.html) with speakers from South Africa and Niema Movassat MP

·         Friday 22 April 6.30pm: Film – ‘Miners Shot Down’ in Moviemento

·         Sunday 24 April 5pm: Film – ‘Miners Shot Down’ in Hackescher Hof

·         Tuesday 26 April at 7pm: our meeting: Die LINKE and the  Berlin local elections in Karl Liebknecht Haus
with Ruben Lehnert (Die LINKE Berlin executive)

·         Sunday 1 May all afternoon: MyFest in front of the Bethanien on Mariannenplatz
please come to help at our stall

·         Thursday 19 May from 7pm: Group organising meeting
we’ll let you know where

·         Thursday 26 May at 7pm: our meeting: Plan B – Which way forward for the European Left? in Karl Liebknecht Haus
with Fabio de Masi MEP