Written by Günter Pohl, Secretary of International Relations of the DKP.
On March 2 and 3, the 20th Congress of the German Communist Party (DKP) took place in the town of Mörfelden near Frankfurt.
There were important results. Because of the large number of amendments to the main document, “Responses to the DKP Crisis,” the Congress could not discuss all the motions. Therefore, there will be an additional day [of Congress], probably in late May.
The new President of the DKP is Patrik Köbele, until now one of the three Vice-Presidents, who replaces Bettina Jürgensen. He received 91 votes, and she won 60 votes. It was the first time that a Congress of the DKP decided on its leadership in a contested vote.
The clear result appears to end a long-standing dispute regarding various viewpoints under discussion among German Communists. New Vice-Presidents are Wera Richter and Hans-Peter Brenner. Comrade Nina Hager was confirmed in office.
With this, the DKP returns to specific positions of proletarian internationalism, Marxism, and Leninism. The tendency that has now lost the majority in the Central Committee, in certain ways, had already lost political leadership in the 19th Congress, in October 2010, when delegates rejected the so-called “Theses of the Secretariat,” which opted for a party without Leninism and an orientation to the “movements” rather than guidance by the interests of the working class.
But that current, now reduced considerably, had remained in command of the DKP, even preserving a slight majority in the Central Committee which did not represent the will of the base organizations of the DKP.
The new leadership of the DKP, on the other hand, aims to focus its work on the same working class, without neglecting a reasonable policy of alliances.
It would thus end the dogmatism of "movement-ism" that was leading the German Communist Party to a dead-end. Ever closer to reformist positions and thus closer to the “Die Linke” party, which is today a mere electoral party, the DKP would risk its very existence.
It does not rule out alliances with the “Die Linke” where meaningful class interests [are shared], for example, in matters of social rights or peace. The DKP returns to struggle from now on, by means of a Communist identity. For this, it wants to “return to the streets,” said Patrik Köbele in his words of greeting at the end of the Congress. The DKP wants to be more combative and in the medium term win a vanguard role which was lost long ago and which a section of the party no longer wanted to recover, because it was “out of fashion.”
The issue of alliances within the country also is connected to the role of international alliances. For the new leadership of the DKP, the Communist and revolutionary parties take precedence, although contacts with socialist or left parties will not be set side.