Waltraud Fritz Klackl

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Waltraud Fritz Klackl is one of the founding members of the Party of the European Left in 2004, having represented the Communist Party of Austria in the process of building a European Left party in the years before.

After having read History and German literature at the Austrian universities of Salzburg and Vienna, she was a high school teacher and political activist. Later she got engaged in international, especially European politics, never in a paid position but as a volunteer.

She has been elected to the board of the Communist Party of Austria and to their executive committee for the last 20 years. She has become a member of the Executive board of the Party of the European Left in 2004 and since 2009 she is a member of the Party of the European Left Political secretariat as well.[1]

DSA convention

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International speakers at the Democratic Socialists of America national convention July 2019 in Atlanta included Rasha Mubarak US Palestinian Campaign for Human Rights, Nuha Zein Sudanese Professionals Association, Workers Party of Brazil, Nuevo Peru, Oliver Schroder Die Linke, Seichi Yanada? ZENKO (National Assembly for Peace and Democracy), Hanan Yahya Yemeni Alliance Committee, Aaron Pedrosa Partido Lakas ng Masa (Party of the Labouring Masses), Bruno Magalhaes Socialism and Liberty Party Brazil, Waltraud Fritz Klackl Party of the European Left.

Fritz passed on “heartfelt solidarity greetings” from Party of the European Left chairman Gregor Gysi of Die Linke. She also heaped praise on the assembled DSA comrades, telling them:

“The Left forces of Europe are excited about what’s going on here in the USA…The DSA are at the forefront of the struggles for a new America…and a radically changed world.”

She also emphasized the importance the European communists placed on DSA’s work in America and vowed that:

“The European Left has realized the necessity to together much more with the DSA than in the past…much much closer.”[2]

Towards a new strategy for the Left

The Party of the European Left in the Left Forum 2018 in New York – Towards a new strategy for the Left

At least thousand of people took part in the Left Forum 2018, which took place from Friday June 1st to Sunday June 3rd, offering one plenary per day covering on Friday the political sphere, on Saturday the academic approach and on Sunday the grassroots activists perspective on this year’s general topic.

The European Left presented 2 panels : “Connecting the European and North American Left: Identifying Spheres of Cooperation” and “ Party of the European Left - a Success Story of Radical Left Alliances? An Analysis from US and European Perspective”.

The EL participants (Paolo Ferrero, Waltraud Fritz Klackl and Piera Muccigrosso), were accompanied by Haris Golemis (Transform Europe), Andreas Gunter( future director of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York), Leo Panitch (York University, Socialist Register), Ethan Earle (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) and Ethan Young (journalist and editor).

Both events were attended quite well and stimulated lively debates. Many Americans, some of European origin, were very interested in the current situation of the different European countries and parties, e.g. the latest events in Italy and Spain, and how the left forces in Europe have been reacting to the Syriza experience in government. Even an individual member of the EL with Turkish roots was present to express his wish to have more information and being more actively involved into the EL politics.

The presence of the EL proved to be useful in more than one way, giving us the chance for information, discussion and debates. More contacts with representatives of the transatlantic left arose and lead us to a better understanding what kind of political and organization challenges a still quite fragmented radical left in the United States is facing in the Trump era.[3]

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