Controversies in politics of the Left party in Germany towards Ukraine before and after the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine

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Gordiienko, Anastasiia
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This paper provides an examination of the politics, policies, and positions of the Die Linke Party regarding Ukraine and Russia. It specifically focuses on the changes in Die Linke's policies towards Ukraine before and after the onset of the full-scale war in 2022 and the influence of varying positions held by party members on the decision-making process. By analyzing intra-party dynamics, power distribution, and key figures within the party, this study fills a gap in the existing scientific research on the Left Party's policies towards Ukraine before and after the beginning of the Russian war in 2022. The relevance of the Left Party's policies toward Russia and Ukraine stems from several factors. Firstly, the party's historical connections with the Soviet Union and its prominent role in German politics make its stance on these issues significant for understanding broader dynamics in German foreign policy. Secondly, Germany's reliance on Russian gas and concerns regarding the potential influence of commercial interests on German politicians and entrepreneurs further highlight the importance of this topic. Lastly, despite extensive research on German foreign policy towards Russia and Ukraine, more explicit information is needed to focus on the attitudes of German political parties, including the Left Party, towards Ukraine. The Left Party's position on the Ukrainian conflict is characterized as complex and evolving, reflecting internal debates and divisions within the party. While the party's official stance condemns Putin's violation of international law and advocates for diplomacy, the statements and actions of prominent party figures like Wagenknecht present a more nuanced perspective. The Left Party's stance on the Ukrainian conflict has sparked discussions and controversies within the political landscape. The study's findings support the hypothesis, emphasizing the impact of the conflict on the party's popularity and the diverse range of opinions within the party itself.
political strategies, position on the war in Ukraine, formation of party actions, decision-making processes, master thesis