Junge Welt
junge Welt is a German
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 daily newspaper published in Berlin
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. The jW describes itself as a left
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 and Marxist
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It was first published on 12 February 1947 in the Soviet Sector of Berlin. junge Welt became the official newspaper of the Central Council (Zentralrat) of the Free German Youth
Free German Youth
The Free German Youth, also known as the FDJ , was the official socialist youth movement of the German Democratic Republic and the Socialist Unity Party of Germany....

 on 12 November 1947. With a daily circulation of 1.4 million, junge Welt had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the German Democratic Republic
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, even higher than the official Communist party organ Neues Deutschland
Neues Deutschland
Neues Deutschland is a national German daily newspaper. It was the official party newspaper of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany , which governed the German Democratic Republic , and as such served as one of the party's most important organs...


It was relaunched in 1994, after German reunification
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 and the effective dissolution of the FDJ
Free German Youth
The Free German Youth, also known as the FDJ , was the official socialist youth movement of the German Democratic Republic and the Socialist Unity Party of Germany....

, as Germany's leftmost daily newspaper. The new editorial team included both East and West German authors of different left factions. In 1997, a schism between these two camps led to the eventual foundation of the weekly Jungle World
Jungle World
Jungle World is a German weekly newspaper published in Berlin. Initially founded in 1997 by striking editors of the German Marxist daily Junge Welt, it became independent after only a few issues...

, which since strongly denounced anti-Zionist
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 views upheld by their former colleagues. The newspaper has been criticized for uncritically reporting on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Today, Junge Welt is the smallest nationwide daily newspaper in Germany with a claimed readership of approximately 50,000; the print run has been estimated at 17,000.

According to the Annual Report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, "the
national daily newspaper junge Welt is one important printed medium in the left-wing extremist scene" in Germany. Arnold Schölzel
Arnold Schölzel
Arnold Angelus Schölzel is the editor-in-chief of the far-left newspaper Junge Welt. Prior to 1989, he worked at East Berlin's Humboldt University and also was an informant for the East German domestic intelligence agency Stasi.-Life:Schölzel grew up in Bremen in West Germany...

, editor-in-chief of the newspaper since 2000, was a Stasi
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