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Far-left Die Linke take charge of German region

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Far-left Die Linke take charge of German region
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Germany’s far-left Die Linke party, heir to the communist-era Socialist Unity Party, is set to take charge of a regional government for the first time following coalition talks.

Thuringia’s so-called red-red-green coalition also includes the social democrat SPD party and the Greens.

Die-Linke is considered a political pariah by Angela Merkel’s CDU.

What is now Thuringia was part of East Germany during the Cold War. It Is now part of a reunified country.

Die Linke leader Bodo Ramelow, who campaigned for the election alongside a red bust of Karl Marx, is set to be appointed as the regional leader in Thuringia.

The coalition deal comes less than two weeks after festivities marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.