Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

The Socialist Equality Party (German: Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, SGP) is a Trotskyist minor political party in Germany.

Socialist Equality Party
Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei
LeaderUlrich Rippert
Membership273 (2016)[1]
Political positionFar-left
International affiliationInternational Committee of the Fourth International
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It was founded in 1971 as the Federation of Socialist Workers (Bund Sozialistischer Arbeiter) by West German supporters of Gerry Healy's Socialist Labour League and was renamed the Party for Social Equality, Section of the Fourth International (German: Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, Sektion der Vierten Internationale, PSG) in 1997.

On 18-19 February 2017, the party adopted its present name.[2]


The party sees itself as the German section of the Fourth International in the tradition of Leon Trotsky.[3] The international umbrella group of the party is the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).[4] It has contacts to other member parties of the ICFI in England, the US, Sri Lanka, France, Canada and Australia.

The SGP is critical of trade unions, social democrats and former Stalinist organisations.[5] The party takes an anti-nationalist and anti-capitalist stance. It supports the introduction of universal basic income.[6]

The SGP is classified as left-wing extremist by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) and is as such under observation.[7]

Election resultsEdit


Year Votes % Seats
1990 826 0.0% 0
1994 1,285 0.0% 0
1998 6,226 0.0% 0
2002 Did not contest Did not contest Did not contest
2005 15,605 0.0% 0
2009 2,957 0.0% 0
2013 4,564 0.0% 0
2017 1,291 0.0% 0
2021 1,535 0.0% 0

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ "German ICFI section adopts new name". 28 February 2017.
  3. ^ PSG: Fragen an die Partei für Soziale Gleichheit Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ World Socialist Web Site: Wer ist das IKVI? Archived 2008-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ PSG: Wahlerklärungen 2005-2008 Archived 2008-04-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "SGP – Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei / Vierte Internationale – Grundeinkommen ist wählbar!". Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  7. ^ "Verfassungsschutzbericht 2017". Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat. Retrieved 28 January 2020.

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