Dangerous developments in Germany
By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2017
The arrest of a German army officer suspected of plotting the assassination of leftist politicians and high-ranking state officials has exposed the operations of neo-Nazi forces at the highest levels of the German military.
By Robert Stevens, 3 May 2017
Declaring that Britain’s exit from the EU is the “dominant… issue” in the upcoming election, Tony Blair called for a more “open position on Brexit across the party divide.”
Anger grows among US telecom workers
By Our reporters, 3 May 2017
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By Francis Dubois, 2 May 2017
Workers and youth throughout France sense that the calls to “block” Le Pen from the political establishment are barely disguised appeals to vote for the former banker Macron.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2017
The arrest of a 28-year-old German army officer suspected of planning a far-right terrorist attack shows that the Bundeswehr provides fertile ground for extreme right-wing elements.
May Day 2017
By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2017
The PES' campaign for an active boycott of the election is the revolutionary alternative to the impotent parliamentary maneuvers proposed by Mélenchon.
By Kumaran Ira, 1 May 2017
As the French two-party political system collapses, the National Front is developing overt ties with more traditional sections of the French right.
By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2017
The critical issue facing youth protesting the elections is to turn to the working class, in defiance of the media’s reactionary pro-Macron propaganda.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 28 April 2017
Tony Blair refused to endorse Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an interview with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV Thursday, saying that Tory Prime Minister Theresa May would win the election.
By Julie Hyland, 27 April 2017
Britain’s right-wing media are concerned that Macron will be unable to enforce his agenda under conditions of widespread political alienation and hostility to the ruling elite.
By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2017
All the major parties have hailed the results of the first round of the French presidential election.
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2017
Labour's preoccupation is satisfying the concerns expressed by the majority of Britain’s bourgeoisie, which supported Remain and whose interests are tied to the EU.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 April 2017
Founded in 2013 as an anti-Euro party, the AfD has completed its transformation into a far-right, ethno-nationalist organisation.
By Alejandro López, 26 April 2017
While the army, the Church and the PP call on the victims of fascism to forget and move on, they secretly glorify and pay homage to the fascist coup plotters.
By our reporters, 26 April 2017
The IYSSE and SEP distributed thousands of copies of "The Defence of Historical Truth and the Fight against the Alternative for Germany (AfD)" in Cologne during demonstrations against the AfD’s party conference.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 25 April 2017
Despite claims that Emmanuel Macron represents a “democratic” alternative to the fascistic Marine Le Pen, the former banker seeks to extend France's anti-democratic state of emergency, impose drastic austerity and re-establish the draft.
By Chris Marsden and Paul Mitchell, 25 April 2017
Britain’s ruling elite is set on establishing that the fundamental criteria for leading the country is a readiness to launch World War III.
By Gustav Kemper, 25 April 2017
Since the beginning of 2017, the two rail companies have been engaged in secret merger negotiations behind the backs of their employees.
By Dennis Moore, 25 April 2017
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics found that the suicide rate for care workers is now twice the national average.
By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2017
As France’s traditional two-party system collapses, neo-fascist candidate Marine Le Pen has emerged as a contender for state power.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 April 2017
While the extreme-right AfD has used the Turkish referendum vote to launch a “Turks out” campaign, some of the worst witch-hunting comes from the Left Party and the ostensibly left-liberal political milieu.
22 April 2017
Sabine Kunst, the president of Humboldt University, has portrayed professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler as the victims of a “defamation campaign” in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
By our reporters, 22 April 2017
Workers on the picket line at Fujitsu in Manchester discussed support for the victimised Indian workers, their own dispute and Saturday’s international March for Science.
By Margot Miller, 22 April 2017
Registered nurses earn an average of just £23,319 per year and had their pay kept up with inflation they would now earn £26,584.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 20 April 2017
After the arrest of two suspected Islamic State sympathizers, authorities plan to deploy 50,000 soldiers and policemen on Sunday for the first round of presidential elections.
By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2017
In calling the election, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to expand her government’s majority by exploiting the crisis facing Labour.
By Markus Salzmann, 20 April 2017
The right-wing conservative GERB party has agreed to form a coalition with an alliance of fascist parties known as United Patriots (UP).
“They’re stuffing money into the pockets of the shareholders”
By our reporters, 20 April 2017
The strike is the first by the BMW’s British workforce, who could lose up to £160,000 each if pension cuts are enforced.
No to war and nationalism! Build the PES!
19 April 2017
Growing demands for peace and an end to austerity herald decisive class struggles, for which the working class urgently needs a new revolutionary leadership.
By Tony Robson, 18 April 2017
In the furore surrounding the filthy column by Kelvin MacKenzie, little has been said about the attack on working class men in Liverpool that constitutes the main thrust of his column.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 April 2017
The Libor scandal revealed not only the criminality of the global financial system centred in London, but the massive web of corruption and complicity involving governments and financial regulators the world over.
By Barry Grey, 13 April 2017
There is virtually no discussion in the mass media of the catastrophic consequences of a war involving the United States, the European powers and Russia.
By Ulrich Rippert, 13 April 2017
Jakob Augstein, son of the founder of Der Spiegel and publisher of the weekly newspaper Freitag, has adopted positions associated with the far right: identity and homeland.
By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2017
Mélenchon is seeking to speak to a growing left-wing and anti-war sentiment in the French population, but he will only disappoint the hopes he is awakening.
By Alejandro López, 11 April 2017
The pseudo-left party has come into ever more open conflict with the working class and youth, even as it steadily acquires lucrative positions in the capitalist state.
By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2017
Following the Merkel government’s declaration of support for the US attack on Syria, the German media launched a campaign for the expansion of aggression against the country.
By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2017
The NPA is defending the war, shamelessly denouncing any opposition to the reckless US military escalation as support for mass murder by the Syrian regime.
Attend NHS FightBack meeting in Bournemouth
Statement by NHS FightBack
11 April 2017
Health workers and all those who want to fight in defence of the NHS must build a new leadership, which fights on the basis of a socialist programme.
By Ajanta Silva, 11 April 2017
A resident said, “The loss of this team should be of grave concern to everybody in Bournemouth.”
By Clara Weiss, 10 April 2017
Finding support among broad layers of Russia’s impoverished population, the strike reflects the social tensions building up under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 April 2017
A man drove a stolen lorry into a crowd outside a Stockholm department store, killing at least four people and injuring more than 12.
By Alex Lantier, 6 April 2017
The fractious debate between all 11 French presidential candidates reflected the fear of growing social opposition by the French ruling class.
By Alejandro López, 6 April 2017
Sections of the Spanish ruling class have calculated that Brexit offers Spain an opportunity not only to reclaim Gibraltar but also to possibly become Washington’s new strategic ally in Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2017
The action against Livingstone is an outrageous violation of democratic rights, and accusations that he is an anti-Semite are slanderous.
By the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 April 2017
Public criticism of professor Jörg Baberowski, who claims “Hitler was not vicious,” has been declared “unacceptable” by the presidium of Humboldt University.
By Iason Stolpe, 6 April 2017
The administrative council of the Berlin Student Center decided at its last meeting that it would temporarily not accept any further advertisements for the German army.
Build new organisations of struggle to unify rail workers
By Michael Barnes, 6 April 2017
Rail workers must break the stranglehold of the unions by creating their own rank-and-file organisations of struggle.
By Alex Lantier, 5 April 2017
The WSWS evaluation of Mélenchon as a pro-war, nationalist politician whose call for restoring the draft underscores the growing danger of war is correct.
By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2017
As in the periods prior to the first and second World Wars, the increasing global assertiveness of German imperialism is leading it into conflict with the United States.
By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2017
French intelligence has launched a reactionary media campaign, insinuating that protesters are agents of Beijing or of the Chinese mafia.
By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2017
Representatives of the EU and the continent’s major powers reacted with undisguised hostility to Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of the Article 50 process.
By Christoph Vandreier, 31 March 2017
The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a long article on Monday aimed at defaming and silencing Baberowski’s critics with shameless lies and gross slanders.
By Chris Marsden, 30 March 2017
The centrifugal forces tearing apart the EU reveal the failure of any attempt to overcome, within the framework of the capitalist system, the national antagonisms that gave rise to two world wars.
By our correspondents, 30 March 2017
Mehring Verlag, the publishing arm of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, sponsored two well-attended meetings on the Russian Revolution and its contemporary significance as part of the Leipzig Book fair.
By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 25 March 2017
The state election is being used to bolster the campaign for a federal government composed of the SPD and the Left Party.
By Chris Marsden, 23 March 2017
The ruling elite in Britain and internationally were quick to make political capital from the appalling event.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 March 2017
The discharging of staff in Bournemouth is a sign that further decimation of services are on the horizon in 44 areas throughout England.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 March 2017
Wilders’ poorer than expected result does not signal an end to the sharp shift to the right in European politics.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2017
Dragging Zee into court was a politically motivated move, taken as rail companies seek to impose Driver Only Operated trains.
By Ulrich Rippert, 16 March 2017
The German Left Party has heartily welcomed the undemocratic ban imposed on Turkish politicians by the Dutch government.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2017
The ruling serves to strengthen the Islamophobic and xenophobic tendencies that are growing throughout Europe.
By Alice Summers, 16 March 2017
Studies show that social class is the defining factor in a child’s educational achievement.
Notes on London housing crisis
By Allison Smith, 16 March 2017
In Westminster, 7,794 residents live in temporary accommodation and one in 25 residents is homeless.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 March 2017
The fascistic Geert Wilders has set the tone for the entire spectrum of Dutch politics, from the conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the ex-Maoist Socialist Party.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 March 2017
The ex-Maoist Socialist Party demands that Dutch workers be given preferential treatment over immigrants and calls for limits on the entry of migrants into the EU.
By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2017
Claims by the government and rail companies that removing conductors and eventually drivers will have no impact on public safety have been proven false by several recent incidents.
By Nick Beams, 10 March 2017
The ECB retained its negative base interest rate, placing it on a divergent path from the US Federal Reserve.
UK Labour leader Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor McDonnell offer unity talks with right-wingers Blair and Mandelson
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2017
Mandelson told an event organised by the Jewish Chronicle that he “works every single day to bring an end to (Corbyn’s) tenure in office.”
“They want to cut thousands of jobs.”
By Marianne Arens, 8 March 2017
The works council and IG Metall union are covering up the danger facing the jobs and living standards of workers after the takeover of Opel and Vauxhall by the PSA Group.
By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2017
Speakers on the main stage, including trade union officials and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, offered no strategy to fight the onslaught against the NHS.
By Dennis Moore and Robert Stevens, 1 March 2017
In Manchester, the Labour council has enforced £340 million of cuts since 2010, resulting in a 40 percent reduction of the workforce and the gutting of public services.
By Michael Barnes, 28 February 2017
Southern Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) conductors and drivers carried out a 24-hour strike to oppose job-cutting demands that endanger passengers.
By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 28 February 2017
On February 18-19, 2017, the German section of the ICFI held a congress that unanimously resolved to change the party’s name from Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Party for Social Equality) to Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party).
By Dietmar Henning and Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 February 2017
According to recent polls, the liberal-social democratic governing coalition in the Netherlands will be punished for its drastic austerity policies on March 15.
By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2017
Seventy-five years after the end of WWII, the German ruling class is again preparing to commit terrible crimes in pursuit of its global geostrategic and economic interests.
By Ulrich Rippert, 24 February 2017
With a mixture of moralizing phrases and EU demagogy, Schulz seeks to mobilize the SPD and trade union apparatuses to carry out the interests of German imperialism.
By Richard Tyler, 24 February 2017
The government announced it is seeking to recover £500 million a year from overseas visitors for health treatment.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 February 2017
The ongoing Undercover Policing Inquiry, chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford, is aimed at whitewashing, not exposing, widespread illegal infiltration of state intelligence agencies into left-wing movements.
By Anthony Torres, 21 February 2017
With the Socialist Party deeply unpopular under President François Hollande, the Left Front is seeking an alliance with it without daring to endorse its policies.
Student representative body denounces right-wing positions of professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University
By our correspondents, 20 February 2017
The Assembly of Student Representative Councils at Humboldt University has taken a stand against militarism and anti-immigrant chauvinism, and in support of freedom of opinion.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 February 2017
Jean-Luc Mélenchon's repudiation of the working class as a political force exposes the entire nationalist, pseudo-left milieu to which the New Anti-capitalist Party belongs.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 February 2017
Last Thursday, the chancellor met with the minister presidents of Germany’s states to implement a new plan for deporting refugees.
By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2017
The wife of François Fillon, the right wing Les Républicains’ candidate, received about €900,000 at no-show government jobs.
By Johannes Stern, 14 February 2017
The presidency is being transformed once again into a centre of political power to further the return of German militarism.
By Steve James, 13 February 2017
Scotland Against Trump put forward no perspective to mobilise the working class against the most right-wing, anti-democratic government ever elected in US history.
By Alejandro López, 13 February 2017
Pablo Iglesias won the internal leadership contest yesterday, amid a bitter faction fight pitting his supporters against those of former Political Secretary Íñigo Errejón.
By Stéphane Hugues, 10 February 2017
The indictment of Sarkozy is part of the escalating wave of scandals and legal infighting engulfing his party in the 2017 French presidential campaign.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2017
All of the tensions, conflicts and contradictions that the Treaty of Rome, laying the foundations of the European Union, was supposed to have overcome 60 years ago are emerging once again.
By Jean Gibney, 9 February 2017
Government cuts to mental health services in Britain have produced a situation where there is enormous demand with little capacity to meet the need.
By Kumaran Ira, 8 February 2017
Calling himself “neither left nor right,” Macron is running a presidential campaign proposing deep austerity to restore French business competitiveness.
Vote “no” in the “referendum” on Driver Only trains
8 February 2017
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has received the following letter from a train conductor.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 February 2017
As European governments hypocritically denounce Trump’s anti-immigrant measures, the EU is planning to build up the Libyan coastguard and establish internment camps in North Africa to keep out refugees.
Germany: Growing support for defense of Bremen University students against right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski
By our correspondents, 6 February 2017
On February 2, about 100 students at the University of Bremen attended a meeting in support of the General Student Committee, which is the target of legal action by Baberowski.
By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017
At the EU summit in Malta, several European heads of state, including the German chancellor and the French president, sharply criticized the policies of the Trump administration.
By Paul Mitchell, 31 January 2017
Political divisions have been brought to the peak of intensity by Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to cultivate relations with the US administration of Donald Trump.
By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2017
Sigmar Gabriel will pursue the turn to an aggressive foreign policy even more energetically than his predecessor.
By Simon Whelan, 30 January 2017
Rolls-Royce ultimately got the exceptionally lenient treatment from the British state that they had lobbied long and hard to gain.
By Anna Rombach, 30 January 2017
Twenty-six Afghan refugees were deported last Monday from Rhein-Main airport to Kabul in a joint operation by federal and state governments.
By Alice Laurençon, 25 January 2017
The purpose of Fillon’s meetings in Berlin was to prepare a policy of countering, with military power if necessary, hostile moves from Washington.
By Dietmar Henning, 25 January 2017
A recent report by the Federal Criminal Office raises the question of whether Anis Amri worked as an intelligence agent.