New Left party officially formed in Germany

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15 June 2007, BERLIN (AP) _ The successor party to the former East German communists and a left-wing group of disillusioned Social Democrats formally fused Friday, forming Germany's newest political party, The Left.

15 June 2007

BERLIN (AP) _ The successor party to the former East German communists and a left-wing group of disillusioned Social Democrats formally fused Friday, forming Germany's newest political party, The Left.

The official merger came after the ex-communist Left Party and the smaller Election Alternative-Work and Social Justice, known by its German abbreviation WASG, agreed last month to form a single party despite some previous animosity between the two groups.

The two parties ran together in 2005 elections, though they were not then formally united. They took 54 seats in a result that analysts said likely cost former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder victory over his conservative successor, Angela Merkel. Schroeder's Social Democrats and Merkel's Christian Democrats now govern in a coalition together.

The Left Party and WASG already operate as a single faction in parliament.

Earlier attempts at a formal merger between WASG, which is strongest in the west, and the Left Party had faltered after some chapters of WASG criticized the larger Left Party as too pragmatic.

Party officials are to be elected at The Left's first meeting on Saturday.

AP

Subject: German news

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