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Why Aufstehen Failed

After drawing a flurry of attention last fall, Sahra Wagenknecht’s Aufstehen movement has run out of steam. Yet its call for the German left to reconnect with working-class voters remains unanswered — and is the far right is taking advantage.

“In a country where, in spite of years of economic growth, almost half of the population has 40 percent fewer real earnings than twenty years ago, democracy ceases to function. This worries us, especially as we’re seeing how feelings of powerlessness and pent-up rage fuel hate and intolerance. And we are convinced: if nothing is done […]

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