While thinking about this question: Are "friends" and "Freunde" false-friends?
I realized that there is one use of "Freund" that does not indicate a lot of closeness:
How do you say: "Freundschaft, Genossen!" in English?
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In politics there are mainly two terms to address members of the own party:
Parteifreunde = used in more conservative parties
Genossen = used in the more left-wing oriented or socialist parties (e.g. SPD, PDS)
The term in quesition would only be used in the context of a left-wing oriented or socialist party setting. Literally it would translate with
but this expression seems not to be used as a socialist greeting in English.