Germany

Pro-refugee organisation comes under political attack in Germany

By Verena Nees, 6 February 2016

A false report about the death of a refugee has served as the pretext for a right-wing campaign against volunteers assisting refugees in Berlin, Germany.

Editor of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper demands rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2016

For a substantial lobby of war-mongering scribblers in the editorial offices of the bourgeois press, the rearmament of Germany is not taking place fast enough.

Nazi war crime trial in Neubrandenburg threatens to collapse

By Sibylle Fuchs, 5 February 2016

Hubert Z. will probably be one of the last individuals to face trial for his role in the Holocaust.

German government steps up attacks on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 February 2016

Germany’s grand coalition government is adopting ever more drastic measures against refugees and paving the way for far-right forces in the process.

German economics minister seeks to smooth relations with Poland

By Clara Weiss, 4 February 2016

The Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, is one of the most important issues of dispute between Berlin and Warsaw.

Germany: Poorest half of population owns just 1 percent of wealth

By Denis Krasnin, 3 February 2016

The wealthiest 10 percent in Germany owns more than half (51 percent) of the wealth, while the poorest half owns a mere 1 percent.

Far-right German nationalist party calls for shooting refugees

By Johannes Stern, 3 February 2016

The politicians and media figures now denouncing the Alternative for Germany share responsibility for the return of its fascistic demands to the realm of official political discourse.

Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2016

The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history.

Divisions mount in German government over refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2016

The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government.

German parliament backs new military intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 1 February 2016

The speeches in parliament left no doubt that the German military is intervening in Mali to defend the economic and geopolitical interests of German imperialism.

German government restricts right to asylum

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 January 2016

The new measures underscore the ruthlessness and brutality with which the government is acting against refugees, in the full knowledge that the provisions being adopted will result in the loss of life.

Ten thousand jobs in danger at Volkswagen

By Dietmar Henning, 29 January 2016

VW has signaled through the corporate press that it is planning mass layoffs, wage cuts and a drastic worsening of working conditions.

German defence minister demands additional €130 billion for military

By Johannes Stern, 29 January 2016

The German government is calling for the procurement of more armoured vehicles, howitzer tanks, marine helicopters, transport helicopters and ships.

Prominent German journalist beats the drum for nationalism and war

By Christoph Dreier, 27 January 2016

German media outlets are seeking to outdo each other in stirring up hatred against refugees, calling for a strong state and for more military missions.

Berlin town hall meeting protests discrimination against refugees

By Verena Nees, 26 January 2016

Many of those attending the mass meeting were appalled at the treatment of refugees, confined in airport hangars and other mass accommodation.

Left Party steps-up anti-immigrant agitation in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2016

The Left Party’s open promotion of xenophobic, right-wing, anti-refugee political positions is bound up with its support for German imperialism.

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Growing inconsistencies

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 January 2016

After three weeks of intense investigations, what really took place at the central train station in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve remains unclear.

IYSSE statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016

The IYSSE won significant support in the student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University on the basis of opposition to militarism, xenophobia and right-wing historical revisionism.

German defence minister announces military intervention in Libya

By Dietmar Henning and Johannes Stern, 21 January 2016

The talk of a struggle against an “axis of terrorism” is simply the propaganda smokescreen behind which long-discussed plans are being implemented in practice.

What is behind the growing criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 January 2016

The chancellor, whose position seemed unassailable a few months ago, could now prematurely lose office as she comes under attack from sections of the political establishment.

German IYSSE wins four seats in Humboldt University Student Elections

By our correspondent, 21 January 2016

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University in Berlin, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality received 149 votes and will have four seats in the student parliament.

IYSSE at Berlin’s Humboldt University holds final election campaign meeting

By our correspondents, 20 January 2016

More than 80 students and workers attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s final campaign meeting in the student parliament elections at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Berlin police raid: A civil war exercise

By Gustav Kemper, 19 January 2016

The illegal raid involving hundreds of police officers was intended to intimidate an entire neighbourhood.

German chancellor announces massive expansion of military budget

By Johannes Stern, 16 January 2016

The ruling elite intends to make the working class pay for the return of an aggressive German foreign policy.

Fourth IYSSE election meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The struggle against war and the lessons of history

By our correspondent, 16 January 2016

The IYSSE has launched its campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with lectures titled “No more war! Scholarship instead of war propaganda.”

German Left Party joins anti-refugee campaign

By Dietmar Henning, 15 January 2016

The parliamentary group leader of the Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, has joined in the far-right agitation against refugees and is calling for more police powers.

German government moves to loosen restrictions on refugee deportations

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 14 January 2016

Amid the racist hysteria whipped up by the media and politicians in the wake of alleged sexual assaults by refugees, the German government is moving to further restrict the right to asylum.

Hundreds of Neo-Nazis riot in Leipzig, Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 13 January 2016

Monday’s right-wing riot in Leipzig took place amid a racist anti-Muslim campaign promoted by German political parties and the media.

New Year’s message for refugees in Berlin: It will get worse!

By Verena Nees, 13 January 2016

The onset of winter has worsened conditions for the approximately 40,000 refugees in Berlin.

German media incites racist hysteria

By Peter Schwarz, 12 January 2016

Unsubstantiated and racist allegations of mass sexual harassment are being used to witch-hunt immigrants and legitimize German preparations for an expanded military intervention in the Middle East.

German politicians and media agitate against Poland

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2016

Representatives of German imperialism and its servants in the media have absolutely no right to lecture any country about “democracy” and “tolerance.”

German media and politicians demand increased state powers in response to Cologne assaults

By Dietmar Henning, 11 January 2016

Alleged sexual assaults by refugees in Cologne are being used as a pretense for pumping out racist agitation and cracking down on refugees.

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

By Gustav Kemper and Johannes Stern, 11 January 2016

A glance at the foreign ministry’s web site leaves no doubt about the economic interests being pursued by German imperialism.

The assaults in Cologne and the call for a strong state

By Dietmar Henning and Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2016

The events in Cologne have much to do with the social crisis in major German cities, but nothing to do with the influx of almost one million refugees over the past year.

German government party steps up its anti-refugee agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 January 2016

The three-day CSU party meeting in the Bavarian town of Wildbad Kreuth began with a sharp attack on refugees.

Third election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University

Jörg Baberowski’s appeal for dictatorship and war

By our correspondents, 9 January 2016

At the meeting the IYSSE reviewed the political and theoretical conceptions laid out by Professor Baberowski in his latest book.

Official PR campaign sought to present Ukrainian oligarch Julia Tymoshenko as martyr

By Marianne Arens, 7 January 2016

A report from news magazine Der Spiegel has revealed how a PR firm in Berlin sought to bolster the image of the right-wing Ukrainian nationalist politician four years ago.

Germany: Poverty of welfare recipients increases

By Dietmar Henning, 6 January 2016

The real value of already low welfare payments under Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits system has continued to fall.

German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2016

The entry of the Luftwaffe into the Syrian war, backed by some 1,200 German soldiers and a frigate, opens a new and ominous chapter in the resurgence of German militarism.

German political establishment calls for faster remilitarization

By Philipp Frisch and Johannes Stern, 4 January 2016

Comments by leading politicians, journalists and academics at the New Year leave no room for doubt that the drive to war will only escalate in 2016.

Large numbers of refugees brutally deported from Germany

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 4 January 2016

Since the tightening of restrictions on the right to asylum in October, the number of deportations has grown sharply, and inhumane treatment has reached a new level.

German trade union chief agrees to €1 an hour jobs for refugees

By Dietmar Henning, 29 December 2015

The government, the corporations and the trade unions in Germany are collaborating to deport most refugees, while using those who remain for cheap labour.

Refugees confront misery in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 28 December 2015

The terrible conditions facing newly arrived refugees in Berlin are deliberate and aimed at deterring other refugees from travelling to Germany.

German weekly Die Zeit calls for a “strong state”

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2015

The leading German liberal newsweekly’s call for a “strong state” is a warning that the ruling class is seeking to defend its interests at home and abroad with military-police methods.

German government creates new “Anti-Terror Unit”

By Philipp Frisch, 24 December 2015

Under conditions of increasing class tensions in Germany and the revival of an aggressive foreign policy, the ruling elite is preparing for the suppression of popular opposition.

Germany doubles number of deportations

By Marianne Arens, 23 December 2015

According to official figures from Germany’s interior ministry, 18,363 people were forcibly deported in the first 11 months of this year.

Co-defendant Ralf Wohlleben testifies in German neo-Nazi trial

By Dietmar Henning, 23 December 2015

Wohlleben stands accused of having provided the weapons that were used in a series of politically motivated murders that took place in 2000-2007.

Second election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University

Herfried Münkler: An academic in the service of German imperialism

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

Professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University are playing a leading role in ideologically justifying the return of German militarism.

German parliament approves expansion of military mission in Afghanistan

By Gustav Kemper, 21 December 2015

Germany’s parliament voted on Thursday by a large majority in favour of a government motion to expand the German military intervention in Afghanistan

German army begins military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

The German army played a supporting role in air strikes by the international coalition against the Islamic State on Tuesday night.

American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

Professor of Eastern European History Jörg Baberowski is gaining growing recognition in international right-wing and fascist circles.

Angela Merkel’s party congress speech: Anti-immigrant chauvinism and right-wing nationalism

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 December 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Monday that multiculturalism is a “sham” and demanded further repressive measures against refugees.

Testimony of German neo-Nazi covers up state involvement

By Dietmar Henning, 14 December 2015

The statement in court by the only surviving member of the fascist NSU terror gang, Beate Zschäpe, raises more questions than it answers.

Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany

By Philipp Frisch, 12 December 2015

Independent investigations by German media outlets suggest that the authorities probing right-wing anti-immigrant violence systematically downplay and even defend it.

Opel Bochum: Few new jobs a year after plant closure

By Dietmar Henning, 12 December 2015

2,500 former Opel workers will soon face unemployment.

German academics Münkler and Baberowski promote imperialist foreign policy

By Peter Schwarz, 11 December 2015

In the Prussian militarist setting of the Schlüterhof, political scientist Herfried Münkler and historian Jörg Baberowski spoke Monday evening on the topic of violence.

Network of former Nazis in German Interior Ministry

By Sibylle Fuchs and Verena Nees, 11 December 2015

According to a new study by historians, there were more former Nazis in leading positions in the German Interior Ministry than in any other ministry.

Germany’s Left Party and the war in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2015

Despite its rhetoric against the German government’s plan to intervene in Syria, the Left Party has long advocated the expansion of German militarism in the Middle East.

Calls grow for deployment of German ground troops in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2015

A report in Der Spiegel makes clear that far-reaching plans to escalate the German intervention in Syria are being prepared behind the backs of the population.

German parliament votes for military intervention in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 December 2015

The decision to launch a major military escalation, with far-reaching and unpredictable consequences, was rammed through parliament in expedited proceedings.

Berlin: Hundreds demonstrate against ill treatment of refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 4 December 2015

Hundreds of people demonstrated last weekend in Berlin to protest against the inhumane treatment of refugees.

Germany on a war footing

By Peter Schwarz, 4 December 2015

The decision to be taken today by the parliament to participate in the Syrian war marks a turning point in German foreign policy with terrible consequences.

Germany to send 1,200 troops to Syria

By Johannes Stern, 1 December 2015

Almost overnight, and without any public debate, a combat intervention has been set in motion whose consequences and final extent are unknown.

US and European powers prepare military escalation in Iraq, Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 30 November 2015

The US-led war in Syria and Iraq is rapidly evolving into a regional proxy war drawing in all of the world’s major powers.

Humanitarian disaster on the Balkan refugee route

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 November 2015

Germany and France are stepping up their efforts to prevent refugees arriving in the EU via the Balkan route.

No to German intervention in Syria!

By Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—German section of the ICFI, 28 November 2015

The decision of the German government to participate in the war in Syria marks a new stage in the resurgence of German militarism.

German government sends more troops to Mali and northern Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2015

While presented as “help for France” in response to the Paris attacks, these missions have been planned long in advance and are integral to Germany’s aggressive new foreign policy.

VW workers to bear the cost of emissions scandal

By Dietmar Henning, 26 November 2015

The VW group works council and the IG Metall union are working behind the scenes to pass the costs onto the workforce through job losses and wage cuts.

German government preparing military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2015

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the German ruling elite is accelerating its shift to an aggressive foreign policy.

Meetings in Germany mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky

By our correspondents, 23 November 2015

Over 200 people participated in meetings organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the cities of Berlin, Frankfurt and Bochum.

US Special Forces deploy to Mali in wake of Bamako hotel attack

By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015

There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.

German defense minister announces combat mission in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 20 November 2015

The German army is preparing a massive expansion of its operations in the West African country, beginning with a dangerous combat mission in the north.

German flight attendants’ strike ends without result

By Marianne Arens, 20 November 2015

The leadership of the flight attendants’ union UFO used a large strike demonstration in Frankfurt to reassure Lufthansa management that it will support corporate restructuring.

German government exploits cancellation of football match to expand state powers

By Christoph Dreier, 19 November 2015

The interior ministry is using an alleged planned terrorist attack in Hannover to provoke hysteria and press ahead with the strengthening of the state.

German media lurches further to the right after Paris attacks

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2015

Even traditionally “liberal” German media outlets are spouting the type of war and law-and-order rhetoric previously associated with American neoconservatives.

German media brays for war and dictatorship after Paris attacks

By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015

Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.

German government prepares new combat mission in Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2015

German defence officials are making plans to send over 100 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, where they are to “accompany” and “advise” Afghan forces.

Thousands of refugees crammed into airport hangars in Berlin, Germany

By Verena Nees, 16 November 2015

The Berlin city government is housing refugees under insufferable conditions in an abandoned airport built under the Nazis.

German Left Party leader rails against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2015

Oskar Lafontaine’s right-wing slogans arise directly from the nationalist, pro-capitalist and imperialist orientation of the Left Party.

Germany moves to seal external borders against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 13 November 2015

The announcement that Germany will deport refugees to the first EU country they entered will have catastrophic humanitarian consequences and further intensify tensions within Europe.

German elite celebrates Bundeswehr anniversary with display of militarism

By Johannes Stern, 13 November 2015

In a ceremony reminiscent of the Nazi era, soldiers in parade uniforms carrying lit torches marked the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Bundeswehr (German army).

The cult of Helmut Schmidt

By Peter Schwarz, 13 November 2015

News of the death of Helmut Schmidt on November 10 had hardly emerged before the German media went into overdrive eulogizing the former chancellor, who would have turned 97 on December 23.

Refugees stranded at processing camp outside Heidelberg, Germany

“When will we finally be allowed to learn and to work?”

By Anna Rombach, Philipp Sonde and Marianne Arens, 12 November 2015

The refugee camp at Patrick Henry Village is expected to become one of the new rapid processing centres.

German government plans global military offensive

By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2015

The German military and political establishment are discussing plans for interventions in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.

Right wing dictates German refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2015

After days of public haggling, the German government agreed last Thursday on measures that effectively abolish the right to asylum for many refugees.

German grand coalition axes the right to asylum

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 November 2015

Germany’s leading political parties have agreed on legislation that will deny hundreds of thousands of refugees their basic right to asylum and family reunification.

New book from Mehring Verlag

Scholarship or War Propaganda attracts wide interest in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 9 November 2015

The book Scholarship or War Propaganda, published by the Mehring Verlag publishing house in October, has hit a nerve in Germany.

Porsche and Audi suspected of involvement in VW emissions scandal

By Dietmar Henning, 7 November 2015

The expanding scandal involves efforts by VW to manipulate emissions readings to cut costs on investing in clean engine technology.

Left Party prepares mass deportations in German state of Thuringia

By Johannes Stern, 6 November 2015

The government of Thuringia has announced it will deport thousands of refugees and establish a hub for mass deportations from throughout Germany.

Lufthansa flight attendants threaten strike

By Dietmar Henning, 6 November 2015

The flight attendant union UFO announced a strike starting on Friday.

Germany’s Grand Coalition split over how to drive back refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2015

The noisy debate over refugee policy conceals the fact that the differences between the CDU/CSU and the SPD are minimal.

German Volkswagen workers fear job cuts

By our correspondents, 3 November 2015

Workers are being left in the dark as company management and the trade union conspire behind the scenes on a radical restructuring of Volkswagen.

German-Russian energy deal worth billions

By Clara Weiss, 3 November 2015

The deal gives German natural gas producer Wintershall access to fields in Siberia and the Russian company Gazprom with more influence in the Western European gas market.

Merkel draws a positive balance sheet on her eighth visit to China

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 November 2015

Germany is still China’s most important European trade partner, accounting for 30 percent of China’s total trade with the European Union.

Berlin Senate seeks to cover its tracks after murder of refugee child

By Ute Reissner, 2 November 2015

The Berlin city administration’s abominable treatment of refugees was instrumental in creating the circumstances under which the gruesome murder of four-year-old Mohamed Januzi took place.

Deutsche Bank to cut up to 35,000 jobs

By Marianne Arens, 2 November 2015

The Ver.di trade union is cooperating with the Deutsche Bank management to lay off tens of thousands of workers.

German intelligence agencies criticise government’s refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2015

The security agencies’ attacks on the government and chancellor are directed at the democratic structures of society.

Dangerous developments in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2015

Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany.

Berlin security guards assault refugees

By Christoph Dreier and Franci Vier, 28 October 2015

Video shows guards at a Berlin reception centre overpowering refugees, wrestling them to the ground and punching and kicking them.

Mehring Verlag publishing house presents new book, Scholarship or War Propaganda? at Frankfurt Book Fair

By our correspondent, 27 October 2015

Scholarship or War Propaganda? deals with the political controversy at Humboldt University in Berlin over the critique of the positions of Professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler in support of the return of German militarism.