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The Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany ( )) was an East Germanmarker 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 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.

After the fall of Berlin Wallmarker, the party initially tried to find itself a niche as ecological agrarian party, but the first free Volkskammer election (1990) ended with unpromising results for the Farmers' Party. 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). Besides that, there were some contacts with farmers' associations in West Germany.

Chairmen of the DBD

Ernst Goldenbaum 1948-1982
Ernst Mecklenburg 1982-1987
Günther Maleuda 1987-1990
Ulrich Junghanns 1990-1990


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