Die Linke, The Left in English, is a union of the former East German communists and the smaller Election Alternative-Work and Social Justice Party. The Left will be led by Lothar Bisky and Oscar Lafontaine. Both parties came together to fight the 2005 elections. They took 54 seats a result that pundits say cost former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder victory over successor, Angela Merkel. The two parties already form a block in the German parliament and the decision to merge was agreed last month.