"Stability or Change? The German Left and Brexit"

Knut Roder

Brexit has caused a particular problem for Germany. Germany has risen to a leadership role in the European Union, but it also faces a growing EU-critical far-right movement in the AfD, and it faces an important general election later this year. This paper will anlayse the responses of left-wing parties in Germany. Both the SPD and Die Linke have identified Brexit as an opportunity to call for reform of the EU. In the run-up to the German election later this year, this is a potentially significant development. The SPD have used Brexit as a device by which it can distinguish itself from their CDU coalition partners. And one possible alternative election outcome could see the SPD coalesce with Die Linke. The left could therefore use Brexit to try to change course for Germany and the EU.

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