"Like a kick in the ass": Korte fears a split in the left

After the controversial Wagenknecht speech, left-wing politician Korte swears his party members to treat each other properly.

"Like a kick in the ass": Korte fears a split in the left

After the controversial Wagenknecht speech, left-wing politician Korte swears his party members to treat each other properly. Those who stay should go about their political work without being mean or craving for division. Everyone else should go.

The left-wing politician Jan Korte sent a wake-up call to his own party and warned of division. "I appeal to everyone to stay and not play with attempts to split, but anyone who wants to leave the parliamentary group or party should do so now," said the parliamentary manager of the parliamentary group. "I expect everyone who stays to concentrate fully on our job together." The "vile attacks" against each other must end.

The background to this are controversial statements by former faction leader Sahra Wagenknecht. She had accused the federal government of "starting an economic war against Russia". She demands an end to the sanctions against Moscow in order to continue importing cheap energy. The party leadership, on the other hand, emphasizes criticism of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Mutual allegations followed, prominent members left the party in a dispute.

"While we're putting on a play, people in this country worry about how they're going to pay their energy bills or their purchases in the future," said Korte, who, as parliamentary director, has a key function in the parliamentary group. The left was founded for these people. "For these people, our discussions over the last few days must feel like kicking ass."

For many it has apparently become a matter of course to be well paid and to do politics full-time, but this is a privilege, added Korte. The party is supported by thousands of members who sacrifice their free time for party congresses and election campaigns and who give donations.

"We can now carry on as we have done in the last few days and in the end the left, this historically and currently so important project, is history," warned Korte. "Or we use the time we have left to finally put an end to the vile attacks against each other, whether via newspapers or on social media. To do this, everyone involved must get together within the next two weeks and make binding agreements on how to deal with each other ." He is also ready for confidential talks.

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