What are the differences between SPD and the Left?
The original party (PDS) fused with the WASG in the early 2000s which consisted of former SPD members who weren't happy with chancellor Schröder (SPD) and other members of government. Together they formed the Left party.
The Left is the successor of the former leading party of the German Democratic Republic. That's why they are much stronger in East Germany and almost non-existent in West Germany. They also aren't too critical when it comes to the previous undemocratic system in the GDR and what their former party has done. There exist a few even more extremist left parties in Germany but the Left isn't that far off either.
SPD slowly moved closer and closer towards the center and nowadays they aren't too different from CDU/CSU (specifically CDU). But I think it would be unfair to say that they share the same political view. The difference is quite big though as the Greens are usually considered to stand between the Left and SPD in the left spectrum.Last edited by Barozi - on 22 September 2021