( dpa ) - Oskar Lafontaine, co-leader of Germany's Left Party, has reportedly called in an interview for parts of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to be made official parts of his party's policy.
The conservative newspaper Die Welt, in a report to appear Monday, said Lafontaine had described the Marx text of 1848 as "very contemporary."
A former Social Democratic state premier who ran for chancellor and was once German finance minister, Lafontaine left his old party and adopted views further to the left.
Asked which passages he would incorporate in the Left programme, he quoted, "For exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, (the bourgeoisie) has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation."
Lafontaine called for the nationalization of postal, telecommunications and electricity services, Die Welt said.