Fury as Corbyn hails ‘progressive’ leader of hard-Left German party

Corbyn faces fury after hailing ‘progressive’ leader of hard-Left German party that wants to disband NATO and backed Russia over Crimea annexation

  • Jeremy Corbyn posted on Twitter about his meeting with Die Linke leader
  • Labour MPs sayd party is new incarnation of communists who ran East Germany
  • Senior figures have demanded disbandment of NATO and said Crimea is Russian

Jeremy Corbyn is facing a major backlash after boasting about his close ties to a far-Left party in Germany that wants to disband NATO and backed Russia over the annexation of Crimea.

Labour MPs and activists voiced outrage after the leader tweeted a picture of himself meeting the chief of Die Linke, Katja Kipping.

They pointed out that Die Linke was the new incarnation of the communist party that enforced the brutal Stasi regime in East Germany.

Senior figures have previously demanded the abolition of NATO in favour of a security alliance with Moscow, and insisted that Crimea should be recognised as part of Russia.

Die Linke is also in direct competition with the SPD – which is UK Labour’s sister party in Germany.

Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to hold talks with Ms Kipping underlines the huge rift in Labour over his stance on foreign policy

Mr Corbyn’s decision to hold talks with Ms Kipping will fuel the huge rift in Labour over his stance on foreign policy.

The veteran left-winger praised Die Linke as ‘progressive’ and said they both wanted to ‘end austerity and privatisation, and promote international peace’.

Labour MP Ian Austin told MailOnline: “Labour Party members will be very surprised to see their leader saying that he’s working with the successors to the old East German Communist Party who kept their own people locked up behind the Berlin Wall in a brutal dictatorship and shot them if they tried to escape to freedom in the West. 

‘They are in direct competition with our longstanding sister party, the mainstream SPD who have nothing to do with them, and I think the SPD will probably be furious.”

Another Labour MP said the SPD and the Party of European Socialists would be ‘horrified – just as many of us are horrified’. 

Die Linke’s views chime with Mr Corbyn’s own in many areas.

Mr Corbyn campaigned for the disbandment of NATO for decades, as well as for Britain unilaterally to give up the nuclear deterrent. However, he has never been able to bring in the ideas as formal Labour policy.

In an article in the Morning Star in April 2014, the left-winger blamed ’20 years of relentless NATO expansion Eastwards’ for Russia’s invasion of the Crimea.

‘While no-one can endorse any country invading another, and any Russian military occupation of the Ukraine cannot be condoned, it does appear as though the government of the Ukraine and western Europe have virtually accepted Crimea’s transfer to Russia,’ he wrote.’ 

In 2010, he bemoaned the fact that ‘imperialist’ NATO was committed to retaining nuclear weapons until countries such as Russia and North Korea agree to give them up at the same time.  

Mr Corbyn (pictured at PMQs yesterday) praised Die Linke as ‘progressive’ and suggested they both wanted to ‘end austerity and privatisation, and promote international peace’

Many activists on Twitter were outraged by Mr Corbyn boasting about his meeting with Die Linke’s leader

 

 

 

 

Source: Read Full Article