The Linke Party in Germany has Sara Wagenknect as it's speaker and political boss. Last week....after the Koln sexual assault business began to heat up....she came out with a pretty tough speech on immigration and the necessity to kick out people with issues in behavior issues and guilty sentences.
Since that point, there's been two elements of the Linke Party reacting. Some are fairly incensed that she'd say something like that and it's wrong to suggest a quick method of forcing immigrants to leave. The other side of the Linke Party is reacting in a positive way because they tend to agree that there has to be a limit to immigration (suggesting they can't possibly go past half-a-million in 2016).
In the run-up to state elections in mid-March.....the Linke Party might have a chance to pick up some frustrated voters with the SPD Party.....if they had something that attracted unhappy voters. What would that something be? A tough stance on immigration.
To reach that point of attracting more voters (frustrated voters from the left side of the spectrum).....you'd have to make some of your hardcore left members who attached to the immigration/asylum seeker situation unhappy.
The curious part of this story? Sara Wagenknect is one of the few five-star debate political figures in Germany. She's the one that gets invited to public chat forums and delivers an answer with enthusiasm, facts accompanying her position, and convinces even non-Linke Party members that she's got the better position. Nobody else in the party can deliver performances like that.
A break-up of the party? That's another interesting part of the story.....this is a party that formed out of two political parties (the old PDS Communist Party and the old Labour and Social Justice Party (WASG)....back in 2007.
Some people would say that there is still two elements of the party trying hard to function as one single party.
The WASG folks were a step beyond the SPD Party.....centering their focus on more taxation of the wealthy and keeping social benefits at a healthy level (more so than the SPD was doing at that point in time).
No one is saying much over the PDS and WASG division, and how each group might still survive and have different opinions on immigration.
A break-up? Germans will occasionally point out that political parties come and go (other than the SPD and CDU/CSU parties). It would be curious if Wagenknect (a fairly young gal) took her element of the party and merged with someone else, but presently, I can't think of a single party that really fits.....other than the SPD Party.
Well.....the bottom line to this is that the March elections drawing more interest.