The recent German elections were seen by some as the „most boring ever“. In fact they saw significant shifts in the balance of power. The conservative CDU and, in particular, the social democratic SPD lost a lot of votes, mainly at the expense of the neoliberal racists of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland). Over half of the AfD MPs in the new parliament are hardcore Nazis.
The experiences of the German left party, die LINKE, were mixed. Die LINKE made slight gains, mainly in the old West Germany. In the East, where die LINKE is in some local governments, they had significant losses, often in the same regions where the AfD polled well. Fortunately, this was not the case everywhere – in Hamburg (home of the protests against the G20) and Münster, as well as in Berlin districts like Neukölln and Friederichshain-Kreuzberg, an anticapitalist campaign brought die LINKE significant gains.
On 23 October, Pascal Meiser, new LINKE MP from Kreuzberg, will be talking to us about the significance of the elections. How do we respond to Nazis in the Bundestag? Is there a new division between East and West? What do the election campaigns in Kreuzberg and elsewhere mean for how we organise in the future?
Pascal will be speaking in English, with translation into German (and other languages) if required. The meeting is in the LINKE Neukölln offices in Wipperstraße 6 (U- and S-Bahn Neukölln) at 7pm. We will be finished by 9pm so we can chat more informally afterwards.
in DIE LINKE, Neukölln offices, Wipperstraße 6
(S- and U-Bahn Neukölln). Everybody welcome