The Left’s managing director Tobias Bank has submitted his resignation in the dispute over the direction of the party. “The current course of concentrating almost everything on movements outside parliaments and on urban milieus and apparently no longer seeing election results as a measure of political success is not my understanding of politics,” Bank wrote to party members on Wednesday. “Under these conditions, I don’t want to continue to be a fig leaf for a supposed pluralism of opinions within the party,” he added. He doesn’t hold any grudges. Members’ meetings had shown him that “the Left is not lost and that the next federal party conference can correct course.”
The Left has been badly hit by poor election and survey results and the split of the wing around Bundestag member Sahra Wagenknecht. Now, ahead of the upcoming European and state elections, she is losing an important party manager from the inner leadership circle, nominally number three behind the two chairmen Janine Wissler and Martin Schirdewan. Wissler and Schirdewan expressed regret over Bank’s resignation, who had only been federal managing director since 2022. “The challenges this year are great, which is why we are organizing a quick and smooth transition in order to set course together for the European elections,” both explained. The deputy party chairmen Katina Schubert and Ates Gürpinar should now take over the provisional federal management.