The former leader of the Left Party in Germany, Lothar Bisky, has died aged 71.
Before German reunification he was a minor Communist official in the East, but rose once hardliners fell along with the Berlin wall.
Rebaptising the Communists the Democratic Socialists, he then led the party into the 2005 elections, when he entered parliament. Two years later he steered the merger of several left-wing groups into the Left Party, which he ran until 2010.
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