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The weakest Linke: German far left party mired in controversy

With no less than seven region elections ahead in Germany this year, far-left party Die Linke is gearing up for the vote by consolidating its position in the East of the country. But in its efforts to gain political ground, leader Gesine Loetzsch has found herself and her party in the middle of a row that could damage them at the ballot box.

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