Europe

The political bankruptcy of Syriza’s Left Platform

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2015

By giving Tsipras a green light to negotiate more EU austerity, Syriza’s Central Committee has exposed the Left Platform’s claims that there is broad opposition to austerity within Syriza.

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31 July 2015

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Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.

Siemens boss Joe Kaeser calls for strong “leadership” and glorifies a dictator

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 July 2015

The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.

Tata Steel to sack 720 workers in England

By Danny Richardson, 23 July 2015

The plan to shut down three steel bar manufacturing plants is part of a six-year long business restructuring strategy.

After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece

French ruling elite debates how to deal with Germany

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015

While the French bourgeoisie supports harsh attacks on Greek workers, it is shocked by Berlin’s threat to unilaterally expel Greece from the euro zone.

Tsipras expels critics of EU austerity deal from Greek cabinet

By Alex Lantier, 18 July 2015

The cabinet reshuffle aims to stabilize the Syriza government while it negotiates a new austerity memorandum with the European Union.

Auschwitz bookkeeper Gröning sentenced to four years in prison

By Sybille Fuchs, 18 July 2015

For decades, the German judicial system showed little interest in prosecuting those who participated in the murder machinery of the Nazis.

German auto workers condemn austerity deal imposed on Greece

By our correspondents, 17 July 2015

Workers at GM-Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant denounced the brutal austerity measures imposed on Greece last weekend by the German government.

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17 July 2015

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Lessons from Greece: The pseudo-left in power

By Joseph Kishore, 15 July 2015

Syriza’s betrayal is all the more brazen because it occurred within days of a popular repudiation of EU ultimatums in a referendum called by the government itself.

Syriza government campaigns for Greek parliament to pass EU austerity package

By Alex Lantier, 15 July 2015

Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras criticized the plan he agreed upon with the EU, yet called on the Greek parliament to vote for it anyway.

Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 July 2015

The PSG (Socialist Equality Party) in Germany calls on workers throughout Europe to declare their solidarity with the workers in Greece and resist the German government and EU.

WikiLeaks email release reveals hacking by governments worldwide

By Mike Head, 13 July 2015

At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.

Germany: Outokumpu steel plant closes in Bochum

By Philipp Frisch, 10 July 2015

The shutting of the plant followed a well-known script, with the unions seeking to keep employees quiet with vague promises of job security, while the plant was closed in installments.

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10 July 2015

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German Ver.di trade union sells out postal workers strike

By Gustav Kemper, 9 July 2015

After a four-week strike and a high degree of militancy by German postal workers, the Verdi trade union has accepted a contract that is directly opposed to workers’ interests.

Netherlands: Crackdown after police kill immigrant worker

By Stefan Steinberg, 7 July 2015

The recent protests in The Hague are a response to the poverty and years of police harassment prevailing in impoverished regions in the Netherlands.

A landslide “no” to EU austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2015

Yesterday’s “no” vote in Greece is a massive popular repudiation of the EU and the austerity agenda it has pursued across Europe since the 2008 economic crisis.

Ver.di ends strike at Berlin’s Charité hospital

By Markus Salzmann, 6 July 2015

The Ver.di trade union is fraudulently celebrating the agreement at the Charité as a great breakthrough.

On the spot report from Athens

Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 4 July 2015

Tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration Friday evening in Athens in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

On eve of referendum

Rumbles of military coup as Greek workers demand end to EU austerity

By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2015

Statements by retired military officers calling for a “yes” vote in Sunday’s Greek referendum carry the implied threat of a coup.

French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015

President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.

German train drivers’ union agrees to strike ban effective until 2020

By Dietmar Henning, 4 July 2015

Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract.

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3 July 2015

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Tsipras’s surrender rejected as Berlin pushes for regime-change in Greece

By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2015

Senior German officials said that no matter what terms Athens offered, Berlin would seek to force a change of government in Greece.

On the spot report from Athens

Protests grow as Greek referendum nears

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 2 July 2015

While the more wealthy layers of society defend austerity and support a “yes” vote, workers and poor people want to vote “no.”

“Syriza disregarded the wishes of the Greek population”

Workers speak out against austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens and Christoph Dreier, 1 July 2015

Workers interviewed by a WSWS reporting team in Athens, Greece, spoke out against austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

Germany: IG Metall union suppresses opposition at ThyssenKrupp

By Dietmar Henning, 1 July 2015

IG Metall at Thyssen Krupp is trying to stifle all opposition and erect a sophisticated system aimed at policing workers at the factory.

UK: Another £22 billion in “savings efficiencies” in National Health Service

By Ajanta Silva, 30 June 2015

The government’s claim that the second round of “efficiency savings” will be accomplished through better procurement and efficient rostering of staff is fraudulent.

European energy firms agree to expand Nord Stream pipeline with Gazprom

By Clara Weiss, 30 June 2015

Differences within the European Union, as well as between the EU and the US, are emerging over energy policy and relations with Russia.

Protests continue in Armenia

By Andrea Peters, 30 June 2015

Demonstrators demanding a permanent reversal of electricity rate hikes remain on the streets in the capital of Armenia, a key ally of Russia in the Caucasus.

Syriza’s fraudulent capital controls

By Nick Beams, 30 June 2015

Billions of euros have been taken out of Greece by wealthy individuals and corporations in order to make a financial killing if the country goes back to the drachma.

UK unions abandon strike threat at Tata Steel

By Danny Richardson, 29 June 2015

A spokesman for Tata Steel indicated that the company believes it has made gains at workers’ expense.

Ver.di seeks to impose sellout of German childcare workers strike

By Marianne Arens, 27 June 2015

Many workers who had placed great hopes in the strike are incensed over Ver.di’s behaviour.

US, NATO powers intensify preparations for nuclear war

By Thomas Gaist, 26 June 2015

NATO officials revealed plans for a more aggressive nuclear strategy to counter “Russian aggression,” just days after US war planners called for a new generation of nuclear weapons.

German child care strike delegates rebuff union president

By Marianne Arens, 26 June 2015

The arbitration proposal brought by the ver.di leadership to end the month-long child care workers strike would amount to a freeze in real wages for 240,000 workers.

Dortmund: Steelworkers protest against plant closure

By Philipp Frisch, 26 June 2015

Workers denounced management and demanded strike action at a workplace meeting at the Hoesch sheet steel works (HSP) earlier this month.

Political issues in the Greek debt crisis

By Alex Lantier, 26 June 2015

Having built its entire policy around denying the possibility of socialist revolution, Syriza is proposing ever deeper attacks on the working class under the EU’s direction.

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26 June 2015

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EU rejects Syriza’s austerity proposals at euro group summit

By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2015

The EU is demanding even deeper cuts, beyond the austerity measures Syriza agreed to over the weekend after capitulating to the EU’s previous demands.

Striking Berlin hospital workers denounce austerity, staffing cuts

By our correspondents, 25 June 2015

Several hundred nurses and care workers gathered at the Ministry of Health on the second day of the strike at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, Europe’s largest health facility.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015

The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.

The role of Ver.di and the Left Party in the Berlin health workers strike

By Markus Salzmann and Ulrich Rippert, 24 June 2015

The precondition for a successful struggle at Berlin’s Charité is a break with Ver.di and its workplace organization.

After Syriza’s concessions, EU demands more austerity at Greek debt summit

By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2015

While approving Syriza’s capitulation to its demands for deep cuts in pensions and health care, the EU called for further austerity measures as a precondition for a deal on Greek debt.

Far right makes major gains in Danish elections

By Jordan Shilton, 23 June 2015

The sharp shift to the right by the Social Democrats has prepared the way for the emergence of xenophobic and nationalist forces.

Germany arrests Al Jazeera journalist on warrant issued by Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2015

The arrest of Ahmed Mansour is a signal from Berlin that it views repressive measures by military dictatorships as politically legitimate.

Syriza offers last-ditch concessions prior to EU summit on Greek debt

By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2015

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras heads to the summit under the threat of a deliberately imposed economic catastrophe and expulsion from the eurozone.

NATO rapid reaction force exercises in Poland target Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2015

Germany has taken the lead in the latest in a series of military training exercises in Eastern Europe aimed at escalating the war threat against Moscow.

Ukrainians testify to a life of poverty and violence under US-backed government

By Jason Melanovski, 22 June 2015

The WSWS recently spoke with Ukrainian workers and students on the current state of social and economic conditions under the right-wing regime of Petro Poroshenko.

Nurses strike at Berlin Charité clinic in Germany

By Ute Reissner, 22 June 2015

Nurses and other caregivers at the largest university hospital in Europe are walking out against understaffing and the sacrifice of patient care for profit.

European Central Bank extends credit on fears of Greek bank collapse

By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2015

The brinksmanship of the EU and ECB threatens not only the decimation of the Greek economy, but a potential domino effect that could impact on the entire European economy.

Belgian and French authorities move to seize Russian assets

By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015

Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.

German Left Party on course to join the government

By Christoph Dreier, 20 June 2015

The naming of Wagenknecht and Bartsch to the leadership of the Left Party fraction in parliament is another step towards participation in a federal coalition government.

Polish government plagued by spying scandal

By Markus Salzmann, 20 June 2015

Only a few months before parliamentary elections this autumn, new revelations about a spying scandal have plunged the conservative Civic Platform into crisis.

Why the German media refuses to report Humboldt University students’ defense of Münkler-Watch

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2015

Not a single article has appeared in the German press noting the IYSSE resolution passed June 11 by the student parliament of Humboldt University.

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19 June 2015

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German secret service involved in NSU far-right terrorist attacks

By Dietmar Henning, 18 June 2015

Evidence linking the state with murders committed by far-right terrorists continues to mount.

Global refugee crisis worst since World War II

By Joseph Kishore, 16 June 2015

An Amnesty International report released Monday provides a sense of the disaster produced by global capitalism and the operations of imperialism throughout the world.

The way forward for the working class in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2015

Workers across Europe and internationally must oppose the assault on the Greek working class by the European Union and its political defenders.

Global stock markets fall on fears of Greece debt default

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2015

Stock markets in Athens and internationally fell sharply Monday after the collapse this weekend of talks on Greece’s debt crisis.

Wages fall and poverty rises in Russia as government axes services

By David Levine, 16 June 2015

As the Russian state imposes austerity policies and the country slips into recession, indices mount of growing hardship facing the population.

Trial collapses after threatened exposure of UK backing of Syrian terror groups

By Simon Whelan, 15 June 2015

Defendant Bherlan Gildo was essentially kidnapped by the British state and charged with crimes for which it was in fact culpable.

The Magna Carta and democratic rights

By Richard Hoffman and Mike Head, 15 June 2015

Today, 800 years after the Magna Carta, the international working class confronts an historic assault on its fundamental democratic rights.

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12 June 2015

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Mass layoffs in French nuclear energy industry threaten 6,000 jobs worldwide

By Anthony Torres, 10 June 2015

Electricité de France, which is acquiring nuclear energy firm Areva and threatening mass layoffs, is sitting on cash reserves of tens of billions of euros.

Germany: The reactionary politics of IG Metall and the works council at Siemens

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 10 June 2015

IG Metall has responded to the announcement of layoffs at Siemens by calling for increasing the company’s competitiveness at the expense of the workforce.

G7 leaders escalate war threats against Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2015

Government heads issued new threats against Russia a day after British officials announced that US nuclear weapons may once again be stationed on British soil.

As Syriza begs for a deal

Obama, Merkel present united front for more austerity in Greece

By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2015

With the talks on a knife-edge, Syriza is bending over backwards to make an accommodation based on the austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors.

Socialist Party promotes Hollande in run-up to 2017 French presidential election

By Francis Dubois, 9 June 2015

The PS, France’s ruling party, is signaling to the ruling class that it is best placed to contain opposition from the working class.

German ver.di trade union calls off childcare workers strike

By Marianne Arens, 9 June 2015

Many childcare workers are furious over the sellout of the strike.

In Brussels talks, Greece moves closer to austerity deal with EU

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, 4 June 2015

The Syriza-led government is trying to work out the details of its capitulation to the austerity program demanded by the European Union and the banks.

Mass abstention in Italian regional elections

By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2015

The right-wing Lega Nord was the main beneficiary as Italy’s governing Democratic Party lost significant support amid low voter turnout.

FIFA head resigns amidst US-led campaign over bribery scandal

By Niles Williamson, 3 June 2015

Sepp Blatter announced his resignation Tuesday in the face of immense pressure from the United States and European powers, upset above all by his closer relations with Russia.

G7 conference to take place behind wall of high security

By Gustav Kemper, 3 June 2015

The massive security operation is aimed at cordoning delegates from opposition to the deeply unpopular policies being pursued by the leaders of the imperialist governments.

Finland government commits to austerity, moves towards NATO membership

By Jordan Shilton, 3 June 2015

The new government plans to implement a significant shift in foreign policy, integrating Finland still further into the US-led anti-Russian NATO alliance.

European Union squabbles over refugee quotas

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2015

While military intervention on the coast of Libya to destroy refugee boats is welcomed by all member states, the question of accepting refugees has unleashed a fierce dispute.

UK Prime Minister Cameron tours Europe lobbying for EU reforms

By Chris Marsden, 30 May 2015

Cameron received a fairly hostile reception in France, a country occupying a special position of enmity for the Tory right and the UK Independence Party.

Spanish telecom workers strike against “precariousness and slave labour”

By Vicky Short, 30 May 2015

The Telefónica-Movistar workers’ struggle has received widespread support, but the bankrupt perspective of the unions is endangering the strike.

Spanish telecom strikers: “We have to resist until we achieve something”

By Carlos Hernández, 30 May 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking Spanish Telefónica-Movistar technicians and installers.

Works council elections at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp: What way forward?

By Dietmar Henning, 28 May 2015

The problems confronting ThyssenKrupp workers in Duisburg cannot be resolved on the basis of a trade unionist strategy.

Spanish regional elections mark further break-up of two main parties

By Alejandro López, 26 May 2015

The result reflects popular opposition to the austerity policies pursued by both the Popular Party and the Socialist Party.

Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s draconian utility price hikes

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2015

Kiev is slashing subsidies to basic goods in order to funnel money to the regime’s Wall Street creditors and increase military spending on the war in east Ukraine.

Ten years after riots, French police cleared in deaths of Clichy-sous-Bois youths

By Anthony Torres, 23 May 2015

The ruling reveals the impunity enjoyed by police, as the ruling class depends ever more directly on law-and-order hysteria to stabilize its rule.

France boosts military spending, recruits more youth into the army

By Kumaran Ira, 23 May 2015

The army is set to be France’s largest recruiter in the coming year, as the country plunges billions into the armed forces amid a broad military build-up across Europe.

UK rail unions call off strike action

By Michael Barnes, 23 May 2015

The unions have betrayed a large strike mandate and disarmed rail-workers in the face of a ferocious assault by the incoming Conservative government.

German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2015

The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry.

Greece edges towards collapse as troika demands new austerity plan

By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2015

Without further loans, the Syriza government, which has pledged to implement austerity measures, could default on an overall debt of €300 billion within weeks.

Spanish elections: Support for Podemos declines amid predicted losses for main parties

By Paul Mitchell, 20 May 2015

Podemos’ earlier rapid rise was a sign of the volatile political situation and the collapse in support for the Popular Party and the Socialist Party.

UK government counter-terrorism bill would criminalize speech, political activity

By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2015

The proposed legislation would give the state the power to require an “extremist” group or individual to submit any written publication to the police before it is printed.

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15 May 2015

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Nationwide strike by child care workers in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 14 May 2015

Striking workers in child care and social services confront not only their employers, but also the trade unions.

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Julian Assange’s appeal of arrest warrant

By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2015

The ruling is another blatant trampling on the democratic rights of Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

German SPD achieves worst result in Bremen state elections since World War II

By Dietmar Henning, 13 May 2015

The outcome of the Bremen state elections exposes the immense gulf between official politics and the working class in Germany

Berlin police powers strengthened

By Bernd Reinhardt, 13 May 2015

The changes to Berlin’s police powers reveal a mentality that places so-called security needs above the protection of civil liberties.

Siemens announces massive job cuts worldwide

By Dietmar Henning, 12 May 2015

The new job cuts were agreed upon between the trade union, works council and management.

Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich

By Fred Williams, 9 May 2015

The boycott of the May 9 celebrations in Moscow by the US and Germany is bound up with their alliance with fascistic forces and their virulently anti-Russian foreign policy.

Polish presidential election expresses growing hostility towards Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2015

The campaign has been characterised by agitation against Russia and the promotion of a military build-up.

VE Day in Germany: War commemoration and war propaganda

By Peter Schwarz, 9 May 2015

Previous commemorations of the end of the Second World War were dedicated to shared reflection on the past, now they revolve around current conflicts and future wars.