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Germany: Varoufakis calls for Left unity against far-right ahead of Berlin elections02:30

Germany: Varoufakis calls for Left unity against far-right ahead of Berlin elections

Germany, Berlin
September 17, 2016 at 21:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis spoke in Berlin, Saturday, one night before Berliners head to the polls for state elections, saying that the Left must "reach out even across political parties" in order to "fight against the darkness" of racism in Europe.

During his speech at 'A Left Change in Europe!' forum, organised by the former politician's pan-European group Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 or DiEM 25 and Germany's Die Linke political party, Varoufakis drew modern day parallels to the rise of far right sentiment in the 1930s, saying "the reason why the AFD, the reason why Golden Dawn, Le Pen in France, right wing anti-Europeans in Britain, the reason they're doing so well is because we are experiencing a great deflation."

Elections will be held in Berlin on September 18 to appoint the District Assembly and the local parliament. Going into the election, incumbent mayor Michael Muller leads a coalition between his Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). Opinion polls suggest anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AFD) is set to inflict losses on the CDU. Die Linke describe themselves as a socialist party that stand for global co-operation.

Germany: Varoufakis calls for Left unity against far-right ahead of Berlin elections02:30
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Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis spoke in Berlin, Saturday, one night before Berliners head to the polls for state elections, saying that the Left must "reach out even across political parties" in order to "fight against the darkness" of racism in Europe.

During his speech at 'A Left Change in Europe!' forum, organised by the former politician's pan-European group Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 or DiEM 25 and Germany's Die Linke political party, Varoufakis drew modern day parallels to the rise of far right sentiment in the 1930s, saying "the reason why the AFD, the reason why Golden Dawn, Le Pen in France, right wing anti-Europeans in Britain, the reason they're doing so well is because we are experiencing a great deflation."

Elections will be held in Berlin on September 18 to appoint the District Assembly and the local parliament. Going into the election, incumbent mayor Michael Muller leads a coalition between his Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). Opinion polls suggest anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AFD) is set to inflict losses on the CDU. Die Linke describe themselves as a socialist party that stand for global co-operation.

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