Left Party and AfD: cause of the war in Ukraine in descent

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Elections in North Rhine-Westphalia

Die Linke and AfD: both parties are collapsing because of Putin’s war in Ukraine

Elections in North Rhine-Westphalia are considered “minor federal elections”. The parties in which the “understandings of Putin” frolic risk being sanctioned this Sunday. The SPD hopes to reconquer its former stronghold.

One of the loudest voices against arms shipments and the oil boycott of Russia: left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht.

Key/04/07/2022

A few days before the regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday, left-wing figurehead Sahra Wagenknecht shows up at an election campaign demonstration for her party in Wuppertal. The 52-year-old quickly started talking about the war in Ukraine. She believes that the West’s sanctions policy has failed and warns against delivering arms to the war zone. She challenges the approximately 300 left-wing sympathizers:

“The more we get involved militarily there, the more we get involved in this war.”

Putin’s war in Ukraine has shaken Wagenknecht’s earlier pro-Russian stance. Today, she condemns the Russian attack, which violates international law, but she does not believe in the rearmament of Ukraine. Just days before the Russian attack in February, she located the attacker not in Moscow but in Washington on ARD. “The aggressiveness with which Americans speak of a Russian attack is almost imploring.”

Wagenknecht should help his party cross the 5% mark and thus enter the parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. However, the polls see the left failing with a crash. In 2017, the party failed to enter parliament. It would be another bitter defeat in short order: two weeks ago the party was crushed to a meager 1.7% in elections in Schleswig-Holstein.

“Anti-Russian warmongering”

It’s not just the left struggling across the country, its political counterpart at the other end of the political spectrum is also reeling: the partly right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD). In Schleswig-Holstein she was expelled from the state parliament, on Sunday in North Rhine-Westphalia she had to worry about her return. It is no coincidence that the two poles are in difficulty.

Both votes cost Putin’s war in Ukraine. Both Die Linke and the AfD are more pro-Russian, and some party representatives from both sides maintained good contacts all the way to Moscow until the outbreak of war. The protagonists on the left advocate a compromise between Moscow and kyiv and refuse arms deliveries to the war zone. On the left, the NATO alliance, dominated by the USA, also has the character of an enemy. Shortly before the Russian attack, leftist MP Sevim Dagdelen railed against NATO’s “anti-Russian warmongering”.

The AfD is also following a similar path on the Russian issue. At an election rally in Krefeld, party leader Tino Chrupalla demanded that Germany stay out of the conflict. “The AfD defends a neutral position on the part of Germany in the war in Ukraine, a freeze on arms deliveries and the lifting of sanctions against Russia,” the party leader told the crowd. Russia’s “legitimate security interests” must also be taken into account. And:

“This is not our war.”

According to Thomas Poguntke, a party researcher at the University of Düsseldorf, both poles are now being punished by voters for this policy. “The majority of the population is of the opinion that one cannot understand Russia and that one should not be too conciliatory towards Putin. Both the left and the AfD suffer in the current situation from their sometimes strange positioning vis-à-vis Russia. »

Neither the AfD nor the left will have a say in a future government. The CDU with the outgoing Prime Minister and the Social Democrats are vying for power.

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