Stasi-linked party is back in power. Is Germany ready?

Die Linke means ‘The Left’

ThuringiaFrankfurt — Under an unprecedented power-sharing deal between center-left parties and the successor of the SED communist party that ruled Eastern Germany for almost five decades, the German state of Thuringia on Friday became the first to be governed by a premier with communist roots since reunification.

The election of trade unionist Bodo Ramelow of Die Linke (The Left) party breaks 24 years of conservative control of the ex-communist region. More importantly, some say, it marks the acceptance of the one-time communist party into political society, where Die Linke will fill a political left position long regarded as untouchable in Germany’s post-cold war era.

But for many Germans, it also stirs memories of the oppressive communist past of East Germany (GDR) – a past that some say Die Linke members have yet to sufficiently condemn or atone for. Many associate Die Linke with its former incarnation, the communist SED. And the SED controlled the Stasi, East Germany’s intelligence agency, which infiltrated almost every aspect of people’s lives with the help of hundreds of thousands of staff workers and informers…

It was part of former East Germany.

  • ntt1

    a national weakness for left-wing totalitarianism perhaps? going to need a new form of marching and some kind of unifying uniform….

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    What was it? One informer for every three citizens, wasn’t it?

  • simus1

    The conversion and merging of the DDR (East German) economy and workforce into the much stronger and more modern West German economy was done in a very slow, bureaucratic, over planned, and spare no expense manner. The new “green” energy mantra was in the forefront of the new industrial products eastern Germany would offer to the waiting world.

    Reality is now intruding and the results of all the dumb smart lefty things planned by the dumb smart lefty planners is an increasingly unimpressed populace.

    • Frau Katze

      The “green” energy thing is just not working. All it’s doing is increasing the price of electricity.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Die Linke are scum. They’re also a red herring. They’re an east German protest party with no chance of joining government in Berlin.

    If you’re worried about deep-cover Stasi agents in the German government worry about the FDJ’s most famous alumna, Angela Merkel.

    One day we’ll get to see her Stasi file.

  • David

    which infiltrated almost every aspect of people’s lives with the help of hundreds of thousands of staff workers and informers.

    Sounds like the US gov’t. IRS, “Justice”, etc.