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The Social Democratic Party of Germany is one of the two major modern day parties of the nation and holds a spot near the center left of the political spectrum. Following the German federal election of 2013, the Social Democrats have been in a grand coalition with the Christian Democratic Party and is active in 14 state governments. On May 2013, it was one of the first founding members of the Progressive Alliance and currently the oldest political party represented in the German Parliament. Founded in 1875 by the merge of the German Workers Party (Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeiterverein) and the Social Democratice Workers Party, it was established as the Social Workers Party of Germany. The party developed the Gotha program which was explicitly socialist and called for universalistic suffrage, workers’ rights, and freedom of association. Although initially, harshly attacked by Karl Marx, the Social Democrats would go on to become one of the first Marxist party in the world. In 1976, the Socialist Workers Party was banned by Otto Von Bismarck under the Anti-Socialist Laws, but re-continued again in 1890, when it renamed itself the Social Democrats and rewrote it’s platform at the Halle convention with even more radical principles then the Gotha program. The SDP in Reichstag was driven out in 1903 when National Conservatives and Liberals replaced democracy with upper class voting which counted the heaviest. This didn’t stop social democratic leaders from being elected, they ran independently without a party affliation. In 1912, which was considered SDP’s “heroic period”, the party’s popularity rapidly rose as the largest political party in Germany and claimed 110 seats in the election. However in 1914 , after breaking it’s initial agreement in the Second International to stand opposition of World Was I, the SDP voted in favor of the war, causing the party to…...

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