Europe http://www.wsws.org/topics/continent/europe/ Ten years after riots, French police cleared in deaths of Clichy-sous-Bois youths http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/clic-m23.html 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. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b5595b8-7426-4790-9e0f-f5c9187be17K/clic-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z France boosts military spending, recruits more youth into the army http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/fran-m23.html 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. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9e4b6d66-5382-453c-98ad-f4bced42f15P/fran-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z UK rail unions call off strike action http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/23/rail-m23.html The unions have betrayed a large strike mandate and disarmed rail-workers in the face of a ferocious assault by the incoming Conservative government. Sat, 23 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a3a7d4fa-428c-4c24-9b87-0a8707b7199M/rail-m23.html 2015-05-23T05:00:00Z German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/22/gdll-m22.html 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. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73ce8f2c-b7fd-4f36-a36a-eb53b5edd78O/gdll-m22.html 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z Greece edges towards collapse as troika demands new austerity plan http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/gree-m20.html Without further loans, the Syriza government, which has pledged to implement austerity measures, could default on an overall debt of €300 billion within weeks. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/98acb2aa-a829-4769-ac8e-eff6687eba3F/gree-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z Spanish elections: Support for Podemos declines amid predicted losses for main parties http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/20/pode-m20.html 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. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f5d2516e-971d-48d7-83b2-0f78086dfb0M/pode-m20.html 2015-05-20T05:00:00Z UK government counter-terrorism bill would criminalize speech, political activity http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/18/terr-m18.html 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. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/257ffe78-f316-4f9c-b3e4-14db385fcc2H/terr-m18.html 2015-05-18T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/15/euro-m15.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to <a href="http://www.wsws.org/wsws/dd-formmailer/dd-formmailer.php">contribute</a> to this regular feature. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35afa77e-16ba-427b-8763-8e3b2bc74e9J/euro-m15.html 2015-05-15T05:00:00Z Nationwide strike by child care workers in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/14/stri-m14.html Striking workers in child care and social services confront not only their employers, but also the trade unions. Thu, 14 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/63791c62-83ee-4add-9a2f-a57367159ffP/stri-m14.html 2015-05-14T05:00:00Z Swedish Supreme Court rejects Julian Assange’s appeal of arrest warrant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/13/assa-m13.html The ruling is another blatant trampling on the democratic rights of Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Wed, 13 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8142f58a-01bf-4251-bd20-e64ffcca82aO/assa-m13.html 2015-05-13T05:00:00Z German SPD achieves worst result in Bremen state elections since World War II http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/13/brem-m13.html The outcome of the Bremen state elections exposes the immense gulf between official politics and the working class in Germany Wed, 13 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/cbd61c0d-2814-4080-86da-da8e06c6b87A/brem-m13.html 2015-05-13T05:00:00Z Berlin police powers strengthened http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/13/berl-m13.html The changes to Berlin’s police powers reveal a mentality that places so-called security needs above the protection of civil liberties. Wed, 13 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/80fb90bd-ac2d-4cc1-a348-4b00d215e9dJ/berl-m13.html 2015-05-13T05:00:00Z Siemens announces massive job cuts worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/12/siem-m12.html The new job cuts were agreed upon between the trade union, works council and management. Tue, 12 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/37a3b170-370a-4bed-a2c1-6921e1383dcM/siem-m12.html 2015-05-12T05:00:00Z Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/09/pers-m09.html 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. Sat, 09 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5a0f9fb1-5676-4877-974b-383f5900389H/pers-m09.html 2015-05-09T05:00:00Z Polish presidential election expresses growing hostility towards Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/09/pola-m09.html The campaign has been characterised by agitation against Russia and the promotion of a military build-up. Sat, 09 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/731eea04-e6a0-47a6-800a-f7882df13feL/pola-m09.html 2015-05-09T05:00:00Z VE Day in Germany: War commemoration and war propaganda http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/09/veda-m09.html 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. Sat, 09 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b6152da8-918a-4165-9734-fb4e6e11d7fC/veda-m09.html 2015-05-09T05:00:00Z Italian parliament adopts new election law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/08/ital-m08.html The reforms will provide the government with more room to act independently of the will of the electorate. Fri, 08 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aeb3297a-18c2-45db-a8f9-7b197eaaa0bE/ital-m08.html 2015-05-08T05:00:00Z French National Assembly passes draconian electronic surveillance law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/07/rens-m07.html The law retroactively sanctions the mass spying already carried out by the intelligence services and formally sets up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state in France. Thu, 07 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3a83c161-8fea-4b8c-910d-8cda0a80f2dK/rens-m07.html 2015-05-07T05:00:00Z The British election as seen from Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/07/brit-m07.html The European media regard the British general election as a source of economic instability and a step towards the fracturing of the European Union into its national components. Thu, 07 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/90f3d707-6735-4848-8dbd-ba6a340bf68K/brit-m07.html 2015-05-07T05:00:00Z Russell Brand performs volte face and urges Labour vote http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/07/bran-m07.html Brand won popular support for standing out against the very claims he is now making. Thu, 07 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/fa7864d7-cba7-4665-ae3a-8243a5311beP/bran-m07.html 2015-05-07T05:00:00Z NATO begins largest anti-submarine exercises ever in the North Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/06/nato-m06.html In a provocation aimed at Russia, the annual NATO naval exercises include forces from non-member state Sweden for the first time. Wed, 06 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f0ec09fd-b33e-4df2-b850-c13ea5df3c1A/nato-m06.html 2015-05-06T05:00:00Z German foreign intelligence service aided NSA spying in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/05/bnds-m05.html The BND has been spying on leading European politicians and companies on behalf of the NSA for decades. Tue, 05 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0e4aafc9-57f9-44d1-93d0-dfc0574c1abE/bnds-m05.html 2015-05-05T05:00:00Z Anger mounts among Greek retirees as Syriza threatens to withhold pensions http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/02/gree-m02.html The Syriza government delayed pension payments while continuing to repay the banks. Sat, 02 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9775f0fc-ebee-437a-a177-8024f6c3db2D/gree-m02.html 2015-05-02T05:00:00Z European Union steps up repressive measures against refugees http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/05/02/refu-m02.html The EU’s militarized anti-refugee measures do not stop at the Libyan coast, but are being extended to Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Niger. Sat, 02 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2aedfc1a-7e47-4190-9e46-28edd056d31G/refu-m02.html 2015-05-02T05:00:00Z Governing parties suffer defeat in Finnish elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/29/finl-a29.html The aggressive US-led drive to encircle Russia in eastern Europe and the Baltic will be one of the main issues confronting the incoming administration. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5fb7df75-86f6-4bea-85ae-7ab47ae5244I/finl-a29.html 2015-04-29T05:00:00Z Syriza-led government prepares new austerity measures against Greek workers http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/28/gree-a28.html After European finance ministers ruled out any concessions to Greece, the Syriza-led government called an emergency meeting to draft new austerity measures. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ef21fd8d-46b6-4e66-beb8-5744fb148caF/gree-a28.html 2015-04-28T05:00:00Z Governing parties suffer defeat in Finnish elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/28/finl-a00-a28.html The aggressive US-led drive to encircle Russia in eastern Europe and the Baltic will be one of the main issues confronting the incoming administration. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d9d9cb91-decc-4d03-9e2e-994a04aeeb3D/finl-a00-a28.html 2015-04-28T05:00:00Z Stress and speedup in German GM-Opel plants http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/27/gmop-a27.html The IG Metall trade union is collaborating with management to pressure workers to increase output at GM-Opel factories. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/9cb3301d-7c31-4d54-a5dd-44292871558B/gmop-a27.html 2015-04-27T05:00:00Z EU steps up police and military operations against refugees after special summit http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/24/summ-a24.html The special summit of the European Union yesterday in Brussels was dedicated to the construction of “Fortress Europe” and the efforts of the European powers to recolonize Africa. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a7917149-50e5-401f-91e5-79a5e3a0016J/summ-a24.html 2015-04-24T05:00:00Z French police arrest student on charges of plotting Paris terror attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/24/terr-a24.html The Socialist Party government is seizing on the recent terror plot in the French capital to legitimise anti-terror and spying measures. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/bcee974b-03ec-477e-bd20-3178bca3d0fH/terr-a24.html 2015-04-24T05:00:00Z German train drivers strike for seventh time in a year http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/24/germ-a24.html Deutsche Bahn management is delaying talks with German train drivers’ union (GDL) until the enforcement of a new law that will effectively outlaw strike action. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1b808a08-d0d2-4a94-a58a-58a07967712L/germ-a24.html 2015-04-24T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/24/wkrs-a24.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0801fd7-1664-4326-b28f-c62552ee335C/wkrs-a24.html 2015-04-24T05:00:00Z Workers at Germany’s Postbank begin indefinite strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/23/post-a23.html As part of its gradual takeover of Postbank, Deutsche Bank has carried out a radical cost-cutting program, including outsourcing and wage cuts. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4612e8e3-a116-4a18-8145-f566941f181I/post-a23.html 2015-04-23T05:00:00Z More layoffs as global oil price slump continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/18/oils-a18.html The world’s largest oilfield service company, Schlumberger, announced this week that as a result of declining oil production it will cut 11,000 jobs worldwide, bringing the firm’s total layoffs so far this year to 20,000. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/edf8059c-089c-4634-b280-5beedc487dfB/oils-a18.html 2015-04-18T05:00:00Z European Union, banks ramp up pressure on Greece’s Syriza government http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/17/gree-a17.html The Syriza government is responding to EU demands for austerity by looting Greece’s cash reserves and preparing further austerity measures against the working class. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8f267076-944f-441d-a200-179def4be94L/gree-a17.html 2015-04-17T05:00:00Z Germany: Behind the conflict at Volkswagen http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/17/back-a17.html A public attack by Volkswagen chief executive Ferdinand Piëch on the chairman of the board has provoked a leadership crisis at Europe’s largest auto company. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/85f3eb55-8783-4a5b-a47b-08956021c95O/back-a17.html 2015-04-17T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/17/wrks-a17.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c0e8411-9975-46de-9662-7e9fc86792fG/wrks-a17.html 2015-04-17T05:00:00Z Another 400 refugees feared dead in latest Mediterranean Sea disaster http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/16/refu-a16.html As desperate migrants increasingly seek refuge in Europe, the EU is transforming the Mediterranean into a no-go zone, resulting in a string of horrific tragedies. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/815d3b25-0596-4244-b9bd-d328cb0b0d0F/refu-a16.html 2015-04-16T05:00:00Z Nordic countries sign defence cooperation agreement aimed at Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/16/nord-a16.html With the full backing of US imperialism, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden are committing themselves to transforming the region into yet another flashpoint with Moscow. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/611186d3-68b6-4308-94bd-12ea2a1d755P/nord-a16.html 2015-04-16T05:00:00Z German postal workers strike against outsourcing of jobs http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/13/germ-a13.html While the trade union was forced to call a short-term strike, it is involved at the highest level in the restructuring of Deutsche Post and associated attacks on working conditions. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8d6687d7-e82c-4845-8346-60435c14500O/germ-a13.html 2015-04-13T05:00:00Z French oil giant Total uses Chinese funds to finance Russian oil project http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/11/tota-a11.html As the imperialist powers in North America and Europe seek to divide up markets in Russia and Asia, inter-imperialist tensions are coming to the fore. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a0c266b1-43c2-42d4-af2d-8ba62f4d4beB/tota-a11.html 2015-04-11T05:00:00Z Greece makes €450 million payment to International Monetary Fund http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/10/gree-a10.html In the face of the dire social conditions in Greece, the Syriza-led government’s pledge to repay all debts are an unmistakable commitment to further austerity. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/adc5236b-c88e-4d87-a656-4c01ac11732J/gree-a10.html 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z Tata ends British Steel pension scheme http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/10/pens-a10.html The Indian steel giant stands to save around £1 billion by ending the defined benefit pensions it inherited from the once state-owned British steelmaker Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/d6107c57-5d19-44b1-8a99-0376ba473b5M/pens-a10.html 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z German Left Party leader praises right-wing politician Peter Gauweiler http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/10/lafo-a10.html Following the resignation of Peter Gauweiler from political office, Left Party stalwart Oskar Lafontaine praised the CSU right-winger in the German tabloid <em>Bild</em>. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7c7ab87c-4c0e-4e50-8dc4-fdac66b9640M/lafo-a10.html 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z Dutch Labor Party collapses in provincial elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/10/pvda-a10.html Amid mass abstention, voters dealt a sharp rebuff to the Netherlands’ ruling liberal and social-democratic parties. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/945e136f-8f4a-47c9-8493-2ff95339810M/pvda-a10.html 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/10/wkrs-a10.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/66c77322-54e7-4da2-857d-398384d3dcbK/wkrs-a10.html 2015-04-10T05:00:00Z Germany: Speculation mounts over Thyssen Krupp plan to outsource steel production http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/07/thys-a07.html Speculation is growing at Germany’s largest technology firm that Thyssen Krupp may be preparing to separate from its steel production division, affecting some 26,000 jobs. Tue, 07 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f2bbcc19-5f98-4613-868a-408228306b3E/thys-a07.html 2015-04-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/03/wrks-a03.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4451a88e-60fe-4935-9ec2-ff15cdacac6F/wrks-a03.html 2015-04-03T05:00:00Z German public service contract: Teachers sold out once again http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/01/germ-a01.html Anger is running high among trade union members over the latest deal. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/a2e53ed5-bd98-472d-941d-fd0da5bc46fC/germ-a01.html 2015-04-01T05:00:00Z French prosecutor says copilot deliberately crashed Germanwings flight http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/27/luft-m27.html According to French prosecutors in Marseille, the German copilot of the Airbus A320 deliberately flew the jetliner into a mountain in the Alps. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/35f8bc00-33f2-46a6-a592-c83cdc7019fJ/luft-m27.html 2015-03-27T05:00:00Z The Germanwings Airbus crash: What is the state of airline safety? http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/26/airb-m26.html In light of the latest tragedy, which killed 150 people, it is necessary to examine the state of safety conditions in the international airline industry. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/44d216fe-f29d-476f-9bfb-40b46a5b10eF/airb-m26.html 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z New defeat for Socialist Party as neo-fascists rise in French local elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/24/depa-m24.html The outcome of the first round of France’s departmental elections on Sunday is a stinging rebuke to the Socialist Party government and its policies of austerity and war. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4d71a0e4-4ee5-422c-8b4e-cd099223cdcJ/depa-m24.html 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z Germany: ThyssenKrupp workers force union-dominated works council to resign http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/24/thys-m24.html Workers supporting the opposition “List 5” have succeeded in their challenge to the result of the works council elections last year at steelmaker ThyssenKrupp. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c65ad916-24f0-4fcb-bd5d-a528b9c5b91P/thys-m24.html 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z German government plans new “anti-terrorism unit” http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/23/para-m23.html The build-up of a paramilitary police force in Germany under the framework of the "war on terror" is part of a massive military expansion at home and abroad. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/987bd7cb-dc9d-4a17-a04c-a7ef35f4ad3F/para-m23.html 2015-03-23T05:00:00Z Strike by Lufthansa pilots continues http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/21/luft-m21.html Management wants to force the pilots to submit and make an example of them in order to push through worse conditions for the other 110,000 staff. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7a39de66-4144-463e-bec9-22395352a62F/luft-m21.html 2015-03-21T05:00:00Z Early Andalucía elections mark growing political volatility in Spain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/21/spai-m21.html The combined vote of the PSOE and PP has fallen to less than 40 percent, compared to 80 percent in 2009. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b5a66c6e-0495-49f9-893a-e9887accb19E/spai-m21.html 2015-03-21T05:00:00Z Syriza promises new austerity list as European institutions intensify pressure on Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/20/gree-m20.html In advance of an EU summit, the political representatives of the European banks insisted that Greece must impose austerity measures or risk being cut off from further loans. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/347f55a2-5bb7-4fa3-aaf1-c56fcfe2300A/gree-m20.html 2015-03-20T05:00:00Z Attack on democratic rights in Germany follows Blockupy protest http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/20/bloc-m20.html The German media and politicians have responded to the Blockupy protests against the ECB on Wednesday by denouncing the protesters and demanding restrictions on the freedom of assembly. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0f2a4eff-8df7-47be-8f1f-9ec40d203c3D/bloc-m20.html 2015-03-20T05:00:00Z Syriza government’s surrender to the EU in Greece exposes Podemos in Spain http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/20/pode-m20.html Syriza’s record in power shows what a Podemos government in Spain would be: a tool of imperialism, working with openly right-wing forces to attack the working class. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/19e47a5b-f6f0-44ec-8918-523057ebd99C/pode-m20.html 2015-03-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East and Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/20/euro-m20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/2a8fcf23-d544-4989-aaad-65981dd016eL/euro-m20.html 2015-03-20T05:00:00Z Massive police mobilization against anti-austerity protest in Frankfurt, Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/19/prot-m19.html Police arrested 350 people after thousands of protesters from across Europe converged on Frankfurt to protest austerity measures targeting Greece and other countries. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be324b55-7770-4c53-89d5-9faff8fd10bL/prot-m19.html 2015-03-19T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/13/wkrs-m13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/439ed061-19bb-4470-b1cf-21b038a185bP/wkrs-m13.html 2015-03-13T05:00:00Z Tens of thousands of auto supply jobs under threat in Germany http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/12/germ-m12.html As global auto production falls, the pressure exercised by auto manufacturers on small and medium-sized suppliers to cut costs is increasing continuously. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4b3320f5-734f-413b-b537-6b50e74ae6eB/germ-m12.html 2015-03-12T05:00:00Z Greece told deeper austerity needed to secure additional loans http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/10/gree-m10.html Demanding that the Syriza-led government carry out further austerity, an ECB board member said the Greek people “will understand quickly that they were deceived by false promises.” Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/86388945-49e5-48f1-bd7d-9799f5adfbbK/gree-m10.html 2015-03-10T05:00:00Z NATO begins military manoeuvres in Black Sea http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/10/nato-m10.html The exercise is a further provocation against Moscow and increases the danger of war between the Western powers and Russia. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/0ac93c39-3289-44b1-b616-819f7df539fG/nato-m10.html 2015-03-10T05:00:00Z German teachers and pre-school workers stage protest strike http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/10/germ-m10.html There is deep mistrust among teachers of the trade union leadership, which two years ago abandoned the central demand of equal pay for equal work. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/3c51b8da-1aa1-465b-b397-917a42c7e1fD/germ-m10.html 2015-03-10T05:00:00Z Provocations against Russia dominate Estonian parliamentary elections http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/10/esto-m10.html A few days before the election, the government organized a provocation jointly with the US and European imperialist powers just a few hundred metres from the Russian border. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/000ee0cc-471e-4b42-b652-fd877da26b5H/esto-m10.html 2015-03-10T05:00:00Z European Union press Syriza to deepen its austerity program for Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/07/gree-m07.html European Union officials are insisting that until Syriza imposes deep austerity measures, it will not receive another cent in loans. Sat, 07 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/15275ef5-6d25-4701-9f6a-88a74a9f229D/gree-m07.html 2015-03-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/06/work-m06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4a96d38e-ea01-42c1-8842-2ca11fc3c9bI/work-m06.html 2015-03-06T05:00:00Z Dozens killed in fatal methane blast at east Ukraine coal mine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/05/mine-m05.html The deaths at the Zasyadko mine underscore yet again the bloody price that workers living in the former Soviet Union are paying for the restoration of capitalism. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/5d988b97-7225-4ab2-90f2-ea3d69701c1B/mine-m05.html 2015-03-05T05:00:00Z German, Romanian officials plan further escalation against Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/05/roma-m05.html In a visit to Berlin, the Romanian president demanded a stronger NATO presence in Romania and the entire Black Sea region in response to the Ukraine crisis. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5423e75-5ecd-497f-9fc3-9aefd24babaB/roma-m05.html 2015-03-05T05:00:00Z Danish government expands surveillance powers following Copenhagen shootings http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/03/denm-f03.html Plans were already well advanced prior to the Copenhagen shootings to further undermine democratic rights, with only the appropriate pretext being required. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/f899fc9d-a5c9-4c6e-b0f2-ac8e23cf81eC/denm-f03.html 2015-03-03T05:00:00Z Syriza’s parliamentary group supports Greek austerity agreement http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/gree-f27.html The vote comes amidst a developing crisis within Syriza’s ranks over the implications of the party’s repudiation of its election manifesto. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/aab51231-166f-4eb5-aa2d-6a1f811f794N/gree-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z German trade union approves 1,400 layoffs at Karstadt department store http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/kars-f27.html The job and wage cuts at the German department store are proceeding with the full support of the United Services Union (Verdi) and the joint works council. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7223e3b9-3fbe-4002-836a-4a3e1a2cf15G/kars-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/27/wrkr-f27.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/be2f27f9-ce23-471a-a51c-d46ba918612I/wrkr-f27.html 2015-02-27T05:00:00Z Greece’s Syriza government proposes list of social cuts to European Union http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/gree-f25.html Days after capitulating to EU demands for austerity, Syriza presented the EU with a list of cuts it is proposing to impose on the working class. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/72a13182-ca5f-4a0a-bf20-ede9a142052E/gree-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z Poland increases military spending http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/25/pola-f25.html Poland will spend the equivalent of two percent of its GDP on its defence budget by 2016, fulfilling NATO’s minimum requirements for military spending. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e277b15f-cdef-4a2c-bab6-be8266ec627O/pola-f25.html 2015-02-25T05:00:00Z The Danish roots of the Copenhagen terror attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/23/denm-f23.html Omar El-Hussein’s terrorist attack was a reactionary and demoralised response to growing anti-immigrant chauvinism, militarism and social inequality in Denmark. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/60206ea3-d703-4add-b400-f01f7f7e14bJ/denm-f23.html 2015-02-23T05:00:00Z Germany: Further strike action imminent at Deutsche Bahn http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/21/rail-f21.html A strike called by the German train drivers’ union would be the seventh strike in the ongoing contract dispute between the railway and the train drivers. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b42efff5-b5d9-4491-862e-5304a4a3babM/rail-f21.html 2015-02-21T05:00:00Z US-backed Kiev regime faces military debacle in east Ukraine war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/ukra-f20.html After its defeat at Debaltseve, the Kiev regime has provocatively called for military intervention by European Union peacekeepers along the border with Russia. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/dc46e6cd-c659-4c77-8da3-9f4d759ebc2I/ukra-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z French government survives confidence vote over austerity law http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/fren-f20.html The posturing by so-called “rebel” factions of the ruling Socialist Party and its political allies against austerity stands exposed as a reactionary fraud. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8aca5440-a989-4d20-b686-10acfb80173B/fren-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/wkrs-f20.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/1eff49ac-831f-43b9-be33-16453567626K/wkrs-f20.html 2015-02-20T05:00:00Z US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/ukra-f19.html US and EU officials continued to threaten further economic sanctions and military escalation as pro-Russian separatists solidified control over a key transit hub in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/340c32c4-a435-4e6a-81a8-a2c000c7df6O/ukra-f19.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z Right-wing nationalists regain Croatian presidency http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/19/croat-f19-j01.html Croatia's unemployment rate is among the highest in Europe, and nearly half of the country's youth are without jobs. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6c032dca-4958-4a10-99b9-90ae75fd043N/croat-f19-j01.html 2015-02-19T05:00:00Z No agreement reached between EU finance ministers and Greece http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/gree-f17.html The opposition of the Syriza-led government amounts to pleading for terminological window dressing to conceal its capitulation to the EU austerity agenda. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73fabcef-ec3c-4069-8233-d16904f01b3P/gree-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Two detained on charges of aiding Copenhagen terror attack http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/cope-f17.html More details have emerged regarding the alleged gunman's biography, confirming how well-known he was to police. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e1c9a48d-7197-4e1b-b669-5fb4d1d397fM/cope-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Report documents attacks on press freedom in US and Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/repo-f16.html Reporters Without Borders now ranks the United States below Niger and El Salvador on media freedom. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/270247e7-d57b-47cd-aa81-d506391accdJ/repo-f16.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z SPD victory in German state election conceals growing gulf between political establishment and population http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/17/hamb-f17.html Only 56.6 percent of those eligible to vote in the Hamburg state election went to the polls, down from 71 percent in 2001. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/7b39f0b8-9861-483d-81d6-8e1024551cdJ/hamb-f17.html 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Siemens unveils another round of job cuts in Germany and worldwide http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/14/siem-f14.html The German electronics firm is cutting 7,800 jobs globally, 3,300 of them in Germany, with the collaboration of the IG Metall trade union. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/6a063a3b-8c1e-4f48-8324-2c197885658C/siem-f14.html 2015-02-14T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/13/wkrs-f13.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/b7f85b11-7d42-48f6-a480-707ef8d3091L/wkrs-f13.html 2015-02-13T05:00:00Z Over 300 migrant workers perish off Italian coast http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/12/migr-f12.html The toll is the biggest loss of life since October, 2013, when a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the island of Lampedusa. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c53e2f29-038d-4f8c-b572-9a9243ff255A/migr-f12.html 2015-02-12T05:00:00Z German media backs confrontation with Russia over Ukraine http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/germ-f10.html Despite differences over whether to arm Ukraine, not a single major media outlet in Germany rejects the strategy of pursuing an aggressive confrontation with Russia. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/022af5bd-da6f-4007-b20b-a45d6733db0J/germ-f10.html 2015-02-10T05:00:00Z Syriza leader issues nationalist appeal in speech to Greek parliament http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/tsip-f09.html British Chancellor George Osborne has indicated the UK government has made preparations for the Greek exit from the euro zone. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/e4ff92d0-f458-433a-be60-8f2a8431b50D/tsip-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z US official admits to UK role in rendition to Diego Garcia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/09/brit-f09.html Britain colluded in the use of the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia by the US for its criminal activities. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/73fffee4-23e3-462d-9a68-96381dac7c5N/brit-f09.html 2015-02-09T05:00:00Z Europe on the brink of war http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/07/pers-f07.html “Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the <em>Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung</em> at the Munich Security Conference. Sat, 07 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/8658e5c2-3185-430a-9d54-b445c40af18M/pers-f07.html 2015-02-07T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East &amp; Africa http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/wkrs-f06.html The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/c5705719-699e-420c-b20e-844068709ddL/wkrs-f06.html 2015-02-06T05:00:00Z NATO meeting in Brussels heightens danger of war with Russia http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/05/nato-f05.html Today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels is aimed at consolidating the military alliance against Russia. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/4307ad71-68f3-497c-a3c7-794bb16f296K/nato-f05.html 2015-02-05T05:00:00Z Mistreatment of detainees and asylum seekers widespread in Europe http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/04/tort-f04.html The Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited detention centres in 25 of the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe to examine detainee conditions. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.wsws.org/asset/ba2e32c3-9c24-42f1-a9c9-eb79601edcfO/tort-f04.html 2015-02-04T05:00:00Z