Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany

Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany
Demokratische Bauernpartei Deutschlands
Chairman Ernst Goldenbaum (1948–82)
Ernst Mecklenburg (1982–87)
Günther Maleuda (1987–90)
Ulrich Junghanns (1990)
Founded 17 June 1948
Dissolved 15 September 1990
Merged into CDU
Headquarters East Berlin, East Germany
Newspaper Bauernecho
Membership  (1988) 122,000 [1]
Ideology 1948-1989
Agrarianism, Socialism
Agrarianism, Social democracy
Political position Left-wing, Center left
National affiliation National Front (1950–90)
International affiliation None; but retained contacts with the other agrarian parties in the Soviet dominated part of the world and Scandinavian agrarian parties
Colours Green
Party flag

The Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany (German: Demokratische Bauernpartei Deutschlands, DBD) was an East German political party. The DBD was founded in 1948. It had 52 representatives in the Volkskammer, as part of the National Front. The DBD participated in all GDR cabinets (with exception of the last GDR cabinet). According to DBD Deutsche Bauernpartei from chronik der wende the founding of the DBD was an attempt by the SED to weaken the influence of CDU/LDPD in the rural community by establishing a party loyal to the SED. The leadership cadre came mainly from the ranks of the SED. In the late 1980s, the party had 117,000 members.[2]

After the fall of Berlin Wall, the party initially tried to find itself a niche as ecological agrarian party, but the first free Volkskammer election (1990) netted it only nine seats. In 1990 the DBD merged with the Christian Democratic Union.

International contacts

The DBD had friendly relations with peasants' parties in other Eastern Bloc countries. It had close contacts with the Polish United People's Party (Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe, ZSL) and the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union (Bǔlgarski Zemedelski Naroden Sǔyuz, BZNS).[3] Besides that, there were some contacts with farmers' associations in West Germany.[4] They had also some contacts with agrarian parties in Finland (Centre Party) and in Sweden (Centre Party).

Chairmen of the DBD


  1. DBD Deutsche Bauernpartei from chronik der wende
  2. Dirk Jurich, Staatssozialismus und gesellschaftliche Differenzierung: eine empirische Studie, p.31. LIT Verlag Münster, 2006, ISBN 3825898938
  3. Peter Joachim Lapp Die "befreundeten Parteien" der SED, 1988, p. 103
  4. Peter Joachim Lapp Die "befreundeten Parteien" der SED, 1988, p. 108

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