Parties: Left boss Wissler criticizes Wagenknecht’s additional income

Parties: Left boss Wissler criticizes Wagenknecht’s additional income

750,000 euros: That’s how much the ex-group leader Sahra Wagenknecht received in 2022 in the form of book and speech fees. That’s a problem, says the party leader.

Left leader Janine Wissler has criticized the high additional income of the former parliamentary group leader Sahra Wagenknecht. “When MPs have tens of thousands of euros in extra income and even take money from the Swiss financial industry, plus well-paid podiums and lectures in business, that’s a problem,” Wissler told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

Members of the Bundestag should do their work in parliament, in committees and in the constituency, and left-wing politicians should also be present at strikes and protests. “That has to be a priority, that also applies to Sahra Wagenknecht.”

Last year, Wagenknecht earned around 750,000 euros in book and speaking fees in addition to her parliamentary allowances, as was announced yesterday. Of this, however, a good 721,000 euros alone was the gross fee for her bestseller “The Self-Righteous” – a book in which she settled accounts with so-called lifestyle leftists and parts of her own party. The dispute between Wagenknecht and the party leadership over Wissler has come to a head since they announced that they would decide on founding their own party by the end of the year.

Source: Stern

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