By Gustav Kemper, 27 May 2015
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper threatened to scrap cooperation with the German secret services because of leaks to the media.
By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2015
In an interview titled “Resentments as in 1933,” political science professor Herfried Münkler has accused anti-militarist students of Nazism and anti-Semitism.
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2015
A student blog criticizing the lectures of Herfried Münkler at Humboldt University has been attacked for its anonymity in an effort to distract attention from the real issues at stake.
By Verena Nees, 21 May 2015
A federal police officer in Hannover has been accused of assaulting and dragging a shackled detainee and forcing another to eat rancid pork while he was held down on the floor.
By Dietmar Henning, 21 May 2015
After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines.
By Gustav Kemper, 20 May 2015
Despite major attacks on postal workers, their union has restricted the strike to regional centres and only called on a small number of employees to participate.
Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015
The PSG and the IYSSE unequivocally support the students who publish the blog “Münkler-Watch” and have become the target of a massive intimidation campaign.
By Johannes Stern, 16 May 2015
The Marx 21 congress that began in Berlin on May 14 has absolutely nothing to do with socialist politics or the class struggle.
By Marianne Arens, 14 May 2015
Striking workers in child care and social services confront not only their employers, but also the trade unions.
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
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.
By Dietmar Henning, 12 May 2015
The new job cuts were agreed upon between the trade union, works council and management.
Train drivers demonstrate in Berlin
By Julian Fischer and Hiram Lee, 9 May 2015
Several hundred striking train drivers and conductors demonstrated in front of the main train station in Berlin on Wednesday.
By Verena Nees, 9 May 2015
The higher regional court in Cologne has rejected the compensation claims of two survivors of the notorious 2009 massacre perpetrated by the German armed forces.
By Marianne Arens, 8 May 2015
Freight train employees across Germany have been on strike since Monday afternoon, with passenger services joining on Tuesday.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2015
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.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 May 2015
“Art is called upon to make a choice, to show a new direction,” explains Italian artist Davide Dormino.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2015
The strike by train drivers is doomed to failure if it remains under the control of the GDL union and is subordinated to the nationalist and pro-capitalist perspective.
By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2015
A commentary in one of the major German newspapers is calling for German tanks to be equipped with depleted uranium ammunition to destroy Russian tanks.
By Verena Nees and Dietmar Henning, 1 May 2015
As chairman of IG Metall, Berthold Huber turned the trade union into a profitable enterprise that serves major corporations as a consultant and specialist in corporate restructuring.
By Gustav Kemper and Peter Schwarz, 30 April 2015
Deutsche Bank is now concentrating on international speculation and substantially downsizing its business with smaller customers.
By Verena Nees, 28 April 2015
The 240,000 child care workers in German public-sector institutions are demanding a salary increase.
By Gabriel Black and Barry Grey, 27 April 2015
The monetary settlement with the US Justice Department protects the bank’s executives from criminal liability for the rigging of the global interest rate.
By Marianne Arens, 27 April 2015
The IG Metall trade union is collaborating with management to pressure workers to increase output at GM-Opel factories.
By Christoph Dreier, 25 April 2015
The elimination of early retirement benefits, which Syriza previously declared a “red line” that would not be crossed, is one of the central demands of the troika.
By Sybille Fuchs, Wolfgang Weber and Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2015
Günter Grass, who died at the age of 87 on April 13, was one of Germany’s most outstanding storytellers and a man who remained true to his political principles throughout his life.
By Dietmar Henning, 24 April 2015
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.
By Gustav Kemper, 23 April 2015
As part of its gradual takeover of Postbank, Deutsche Bank has carried out a radical cost-cutting program, including outsourcing and wage cuts.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 22 April 2015
The trial of Oskar Gröning is likely to be one of the last trials of living perpetrators of the mass war crimes committed by the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern and Denis Krassnin, 20 April 2015
The re-introduction of mass data retention is another step towards a total surveillance state.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 April 2015
The decision of the Austrian government to no longer pay the debts of banking group HGAA has provoked conflicts in Bavaria.
By Dietmar Henning, 18 April 2015
Almost 35 years after the worst right-wing extremist attack in post-war Germany, the government is withholding important documents.
By Ulrich Rippert, 17 April 2015
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.
By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2015
That Münkler now places poison gas in the same category as drones shows that inhumane and militaristic attitudes are once again running rampant in ruling circles in Berlin.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 April 2015
Although only a few thousand people came to the event, the major media outlets sought to use Wilders’ appearance to resurrect the Islamophobic movement.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2015
Grass was one of the most important German writers of the 20th century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2015
Demands for reparations are an inappropriate means of combating fascism, war and social attacks. They do nothing to address their causes, but rather serve to reproduce them.
By Gustav Kemper, 13 April 2015
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.
By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2015
NATO’s military buildup in Eastern Europe is increasingly taking the form of preparation for war against Russia.
By Ulrich Rippert, 10 April 2015
Following the resignation of Peter Gauweiler from political office, Left Party stalwart Oskar Lafontaine praised the CSU right-winger in the German tabloid Bild.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 April 2015
Melissa M. is the third witness to die under mysterious circumstances in the investigation into murders committed by the National Socialist Underground.
By Elisabeth Zimmerman, 7 April 2015
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 3 April 2015
Ten days after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, recovery teams have located the plane’s flight data recorder.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2015
Berlin and Paris are planning to jointly build a combat drone and work together more closely on satellite reconnaissance.
By Dietmar Henning, 1 April 2015
Anger is running high among trade union members over the latest deal.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2015
Two hundred years after his birth, the “Iron Chancellor” is being paraded as a role model for Germany, especially in relation to foreign policy.
By Denis Krasnin, 31 March 2015
A current strategy paper states that the German navy is preparing to militarily defend “free and unhindered world trade as the basis for the welfare of Germany and Europe.”
By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2015
To understand the actions of Andreas Lubitz, who plunged Germanwings Flight 9525 into a French mountainside, one must consider not only his individual illness, but also the society in which he lived.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2015
According to French prosecutors in Marseille, the German copilot of the Airbus A320 deliberately flew the jetliner into a mountain in the Alps.
By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 27 March 2015
The Blockupy protest against the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, was a political cover for the right wing politics of Syriza and the Left Party.
By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2015
The Left Party is firmly backing Tsipras precisely at the point when he is uncritically accepting the line of the German government and the austerity policy of the European banks.
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 March 2015
The plane, which belonged to a subsidiary of Lufthansa, had recently been grounded due to technical problems.
By Johannes Stern, 24 March 2015
Syriza has completely capitulated to the demands of the European banks, making clear that it will not only continue the austerity measures dictated by the “troika,” but will intensify them.
By Dietmar Henning, 24 March 2015
Workers supporting the opposition “List 5” have succeeded in their challenge to the result of the works council elections last year at steelmaker ThyssenKrupp.
By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2015
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.
By Philipp Frisch and Ulrich Rippert, 21 March 2015
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.
By Denis Krasnin, 21 March 2015
Sigmar Gabriel, SPD chairman, spoke out in favour of a data storage law in an interview with radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.
By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2015
The rapid boost to military spending, amounting to an increase of more than 6.2 percent, heralds a new stage in the return of German militarism.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 March 2015
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.
By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 19 March 2015
Police arrested 350 people after thousands of protesters from across Europe converged on Frankfurt to protest austerity measures targeting Greece and other countries.
By Dietmar Henning, 18 March 2015
Where state activities end and those of the far-right terrorist group National Socialist Underground begin is increasingly murky and undefined.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 March 2015
In his new book, Power in the Center, political scientist Herfried Münkler, who has close ties to the political establishment, argues openly for German hegemony in Europe.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 11 March 2015
A recent German television program described the government’s punitive policy of cutting unemployment benefits for people involved in job training.
By our reporter, 10 March 2015
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.
By Denis Krassnin, 10 March 2015
The mounting gap between rich and poor in Germany is causing the country to fragment into disparate socio-economic regions.
By Philipp Frisch and Johannes Stern, 6 March 2015
The German government wants to raise the defence budget starting in 2017 and massively expand the armed forces.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 March 2015
A recent conference convened by the Green Party’s Heinrich Böll Foundation consisted of four hours of hysterical warmongering against Russia.
By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2015
By agreeing to “Greek aid,” the Left Party is backing the German government, the European Union, the banks and their brutal austerity policies in Greece and Europe as a whole.
By Dietmar Henning, 4 March 2015
There was a heavy presence of military clad police armed with automatic weapons in the city center of Bremen, which has a population of 550,000.
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
By Bernd Reinhardt, 3 March 2015
One film makes only a partial examination of Hitler’s middle class opponents, while the other makes a more significant look at the opposition from below.
By Johannes Stern, 2 March 2015
The lecture at a leading German think tank by the defense spokesperson for the Left Party makes clear how deeply the organization is integrated into imperialism.
By Robert Stevens, 28 February 2015
The Left Party and the Green Party backed a new round of austerity in Greece in the vote in Germany’s Bundestag.
By Christoph Dreier, 28 February 2015
While the film shows how the troika engineered a social catastrophe, it promotes the policies of Syriza and other bourgeois critics who support the EU austerity program.
By Dietmar Henning, 27 February 2015
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.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2015
In the course of the past six months, 50,000 people have fled Kosovo due to catastrophic economic and social conditions.
By Justus Leicht, 24 February 2015
The court ruling undermines the right to a fair trial for those set up by undercover agents.
By Dietmar Henning, 21 February 2015
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2015
Schäuble's arrogant attack on Greece is primarily directed at opposition to austerity in the working class in Germany and across Europe.
By Robert Stevens, 19 February 2015
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denounced a new Greek proposal for a six-month loan extension and demanded further austerity measures.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2015
German Defense Minister von der Leyen delivered a speech Tuesday announcing the preparation of a new foreign policy White Paper codifying a program of militarism and rearmament.
By Denis Krassnin, 19 February 2015
The richest .1 percent of the German population controls as much as 16 percent of the country's wealth.
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 February 2015
War raging in the middle of Europe, accelerating inequality, social decline at a level unknown since the 1930s…none of these issues got a look in.
By Sven Heymanns, 18 February 2015
The new institute will serve as a think tank for an aggressive German foreign policy in eastern Europe.
By Dietmar Henning, 17 February 2015
A new television documentary suggests state intelligence agencies may have been involved in perpetrating the worst terrorist act in postwar German history.
SPD victory in German state election conceals growing gulf between political establishment and population
By Dietmar Henning, 17 February 2015
Only 56.6 percent of those eligible to vote in the Hamburg state election went to the polls, down from 71 percent in 2001.
By Denis Krassnin and Johannes Stern, 14 February 2015
The end of restraint in matters of foreign policy, announced by President Gauck and the German government a year ago, is the primary reason for the demand to build up the army.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 February 2015
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 14 February 2015
The meeting on Tuesday was to launch a further escalation of German militarism in the name of human rights and civilian intervention.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2015
As tensions between Berlin and Washington have surfaced, the Left Party has abandoned all pretensions of distancing itself from German imperialism.
By Dietmar Henning, 12 February 2015
The retailer is working with the Ver.di trade union to slash labour costs by 20 percent.
By Johannes Stern, 11 February 2015
The 51st Munich Security Conference, held in the Bavarian capital last weekend, was dominated by threats of war against Russia by the imperialist powers.
By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 10 February 2015
The White House meeting focused on the intensifying crisis in Ukraine, as the US considers massive arms shipments.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2015
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 February 2015
Sigmar Gabriel used a news magazine interview to legitimize fascist views.
By Sybille Fuchs, 9 February 2015
The ZDF mini-series attempts to encompass the history of divided Germany following the Second World War.
By Niles Williamson, 7 February 2015
The meeting between Merkel, Hollande and Putin took place amidst threats by the US to directly arm the regime in Kiev that was installed in a right-wing coup one year ago.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015
The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.”
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2015
At a press conference with his German counterpart, Greece’s new finance minister pleaded with the European powers to “use us to implement the European programme.”
By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2015
As Syriza leaders reiterate their willingness to accommodate the demands of European governments, the banks are pressing for intensified attacks on the working class in Greece.