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.

Hamburg: Social Democrats and Greens promote brutal policy towards refugees

By Benjamin Harder, 26 October 2015

The Hamburg city administration is deliberately creating the conditions for violence and xenophobia.

Germany: IG Metall congress backs government in refugee crisis

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 October 2015

Trade unions are acting as a fifth column of the German state, scapegoating refugees and supporting the drive towards war.

Germany’s IG Metall agrees to job and wage cuts at Siemens Power & Gas

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 24 October 2015

The agreement is part of a pattern in which the union and the jobs councils work with companies to slash jobs and implement other cost-cutting measures.

State and media active in building up a far-right movement in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 23 October 2015

The leaders and supporters of the right-wing Pegida movement feel invigorated by the campaign by leading politicians and the media against refugees.

German chancellor strikes sordid deal with Turkish government to block refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 October 2015

Turkey will serve as a buffer zone against refugees from Syria and Iraq as the regime in Ankara becomes a principal border guard of the EU.

Catastrophic conditions for refugees in Hamburg

By Benjamin Hader, 22 October 2015

Of the 35,000 refugees who have entered the city this year, 4,200 are living in tents, the great majority of which are unheated.

Demonstrators condemn brutal treatment of refugees in Berlin, Germany

By our correspondents, 21 October 2015

About a thousand people demonstrated Saturday against the Berlin city government’s failure to provide even the most rudimentary social assistance to refugees.

Neo-Nazi attacks mayoral candidate in Cologne

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2015

All of the establishment political parties in Germany bear responsibility for the climate of hate that forms the background to the attack.

German Army plans combat mission in Mali

By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2015

According to German defence ministry plans, robust combat units and reconnaissance drones will be deployed in the embattled north of the country.

Germany: Cover-up of Oktoberfest bombing continues

By Dietmar Henning, 19 October 2015

Despite official investigations, state authorities continue to conceal the true identities of those behind the Oktoberfest bombing.

Refugees arriving in German capital face disastrous conditions

By our correspondents, 17 October 2015

Refugees arriving in Berlin are forced to wait for assistance in the wind, rain and cold, with next to no government assistance.

Right-wing academic Jörg Baberowski agitates against refugees at Christian Social Union event in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 17 October 2015

Baberowski is now openly emerging as a leading right-wing political figure, intent on using his position at Humboldt University to build a far-right movement in Germany.

The emissions scandal at Volkswagen widens

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 October 2015

Volkswagen is trying to use the crisis to organise a fundamental restructuring of the company, centred on a programme of extensive attacks on wages and social benefits.

The conflict over refugee policy in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 16 October 2015

Leading German political and media figures have called for an ever-greater crackdown on migrants.

German conservative parties plan concentration camps for refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 October 2015

The camps, euphemistically described as “transit zones,” would be set in areas along the borders of Germany with Austria and other EU countries.

Volunteer for refugees in Hamburg: “If we do not do the work, no one will”

By Benjamin Hader and Ute Reissner, 14 October 2015

The refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa have been left to their fate by the Hamburg Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Greens.

Scholarship not war propaganda at Humboldt University!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 14 October 2015

Professor Jörg Baberowski at Berlin’s Humboldt University no longer limits his right-wing propaganda to his own academic area; he is using his position to build a far-right movement.

GM-Opel workers in Germany support struggle of US autoworkers

By our reporters, 13 October 2015

WSWS reporters spoke to workers in front of the gates of the GM-Opel Rüsselsheim plant on Friday, and many declared their solidarity with their American brothers and sisters.

German childcare workers’ wage dispute: Vote “no”!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 13 October 2015

Although union members resoundingly rejected an arbitration proposal in June, the trade unions are now holding a new vote on virtually the same sell-out contract.

Volkswagen systematically cheated on emissions tests in Europe

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 October 2015

The integration of the trade unions into the company’s management played a significant role in the criminality at Volkswagen.

Organizers promote economic nationalism at Berlin demonstration against transatlantic trade agreement

By our reporters, 12 October 2015

While many demonstrators sought to express opposition to inequality and war, the demonstration's organizers advanced a right-wing agenda of economic nationalism.

The struggle against the TTIP is a class question

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 10 October 2015

It makes a big difference whether one combats the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from the standpoint of the international working class or from the standpoint of German national interests.

“Nobody can live like this”: A young refugee in Hamburg speaks out

By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015

Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.

German political establishment lines up against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 8 October 2015

The German government is making a systematic effort to deter refugees from entering Europe,encourage xenophobia and seal off continent's borders.

Germany: Works council and union agree to job cuts at Siemens Power & Gas

By Gustav Kemper, 7 October 2015

IG Metall has has sought to suppress any serious resistance by staging a few harmless protest actions.

Far-right German National Party promotes Professors Münkler and Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2015

The current edition of the NPD’s Deutsche Stimme (German Voice), defends the two Humboldt University professors against left-wing criticism.

Twenty-five years since the reunification of Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 5 October 2015

On October 3, 1990 the German Democratic Republic was disbanded 41 years after its foundation and incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany.

Unions renew attempt to sell out German childcare workers

By Marianne Arens, 5 October 2015

The public service unions are trying to force through a deal virtually identical to the proposal recently voted down by an overwhelming majority of union members.

German union IG Metall holds one-day protests against short-term contracts

By Gustav Kemper, 3 October 2015

IG Metall, which is directly integrated into management, is fully aware of and tacitly accepts the practice.

German academic Jörg Baberowski stirs up hatred against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2015

In a manner typical of the radical right, Baberowski attempts to incite the poorest layers of society against immigrants.

German parliament prepares crackdown on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 October 2015

The draconian proposals would slash social assistance to migrants and expedite deportations.

The fall of Kunduz: A debacle for German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2015

The seizure of the city of Kunduz by the Taliban has prompted calls for delaying the withdrawal of German forces from Afghanistan.

German court clears the way for military deployments without parliamentary approval

By Sonja Bach, 1 October 2015

The ruling lays the foundation for further worldwide interventions of the German military.

German president stirs up public opinion against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 30 September 2015

President Joachim Gauck regards the refugee crisis, brought about by Western war policy, as an opportunity to continue Germany’s imperialist course.

German ruling party lauds Hungarian Premier Orban

By Markus Salzmann, 30 September 2015

The repulsive policy of the CSU stands in stark contrast to the wave of sympathy for refugees among the population.

German government and EU Commission complicit in Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 29 September 2015

The leadership of the Volkswagen group, the German government and the EU Commission knew about the manipulation of emissions readings in diesel vehicles for years.

Germany: Ver.di union delegates re-elect chairman despite sellouts

By Dietmar Henning, 29 September 2015

The Ver.di leadership is haunted by the prospect of younger layers of workers turning away from the unions and escaping their control.

German federal and state governments agree on hardline approach to refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2015

At a refugee conference in Berlin, additional countries were declared to be safe countries of origin, and welfare benefits were sharply reduced for refugees.

The political issues in the Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2015

The systematic fraud at VW is an expression of the irrationality of the economic and social system in which the corporation operates.

US stations new nuclear weapons in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2015

The new B 61-12 nuclear bombs to be stationed at the Büchel air base combined have 80 times the explosive power of the nuclear bomb exploded in Hiroshima.

EU adopts plan to keep out refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 September 2015

The purpose of the new refugee quota system is to staunch the influx of migrants, expedite their deportation and seal off the EU’s external borders.

German Left Party leaders welcome Syriza election victory

By Sven Heymanns, 23 September 2015

The enthusiasm with which the Left Party supports Syriza illustrates that the savage assault on the working class is not just a Greek issue, but rather an international social and political phenomenon.

German interior minister plans abolition of right to asylum

By Dietmar Henning, 22 September 2015

Germany’s interior minister and the EU heads of government intend to adopt new measures against refugees this week.

France to close borders, Germany to cut benefits as refugee crisis escalates

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015

The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Hungarian border police fire tear gas and water cannon at refugees

By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2015

Whatever official criticisms are levelled against Hungary, all of the major European powers are responding in a similarly brutal fashion.

German politicians and media promote military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 17 September 2015

Germany’s elite are using the refugee crisis in Europe to intensify their campaign for war.

The Socialist Equality Party of Germany reviews the lessons of Greece

By Marianne Arens, 17 September 2015

The PSG held a successful series of meetings on the lessons of the crisis in Greece in Leipzig and Bochum, with a final meeting in Frankfurt last Sunday.

German ruling elite reacts nervously to Corbyn election in UK

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 September 2015

The German elite is afraid of the growth of left-wing sentiments in broad layers of the population, revealed by the vote in Britain for Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election.

Rallies in Europe and Australia in defence of refugees

By our reporters, 14 September 2015

Hundreds of thousands rallied over the weekend to support the democratic rights of refugees and to protest right-wing policies of governments throughout the world.

German newspaper close to the Left Party slanders refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2015

The newspaper Junge Welt has called solidarity with the refugees a “marketing tool” of German business.

German pilots struggle: The right to strike requires a socialist perspective

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 September 2015

The decision of the labor court in the German state of Hessian to forbid Lufthansa pilots from striking is an attack on the right to strike directed against all workers.

EU prepares plan to turn away masses of refugees from Europe

By Alex Lantier, 10 September 2015

The European Union intends to spend much less than far poorer Middle Eastern countries on the refugee crisis caused by NATO wars in Libya and Syria.

German court declares pilots strike illegal, forcing return to work

By Dietmar Henning, 10 September 2015

The court action, which follows entirely the arguments of Lufthansa, is a deeply undemocratic decision that effectively abolishes the right to strike.

Desperate refugees storm registration office in Berlin

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 September 2015

“They force me to wait over a month to register my claim to asylum. It is no way to treat a fellow human being.”

German government tightens measures against refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2015

The grand coalition has made it clear that the admission of 20,000 refugees from Hungary was a one-time exception.

Refugees greeted in Germany with a wave of solidarity

By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015

WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.

Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.

PSG campaigns throughout Germany for public meetings on the crisis in Greece

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

The balance sheet of the Syriza government, which is implementing unprecedented austerity measures, has been the subject of intense discussions during the campaign.

EU powers treat refugees as pawns

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2015

In a sordid competition, almost all EU countries have tightened their asylum laws and repressive measures against refugees seeking escape from war-ravaged countries.

Germany’s middle class shrinks

By Dietmar Henning, 4 September 2015

In spite of higher employment numbers, the German middle class shrank from 56 to 48 percent of the population between 1992 and 2013.

German chancellor feigns sympathy for refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2015

The policy of the German government is characterised by a disregard for refugees fleeing for their lives from the war zones in the Middle East and Africa.

German Left Party leader proposes separating refugees according to ethnicity

By our correspondent, 2 September 2015

By declaring conflicts to be the result of ethnic differences, the Left Party diverts attention from the intolerable conditions in refugee camps and encourages xenophobia.

German defence minister exploits refugee crisis to strengthen military

By Wolfgang Weber, 1 September 2015

Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away.

German interior minister plans further attacks on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2015

A day before German leaders shed crocodile tears over the ongoing refugee crisis, interior minister de Maizière proposed legislative measures to reduce immigration into the country.

Herfried Münkler declares Germany to be Europe’s “hegemon”

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2015

While the professor declared in July that Germany had to form a “core Europe” together with France, he has now apparently reached the conclusion that Germany alone must dominate the continent.

German politicians and the media push for new wars in Africa

By Christoph Dreier, 27 August 2015

Various media outlets have spoken out in recent days for military interventions in Africa to enforce German economic interests.

Attacks on refugee camp encouraged by German government’s right-wing policies

By Christoph Dreier, 26 August 2015

Officials shedding crocodile tears over right-wing violence cannot disguise the fact that the right-wing policies of the German government have contributed to the attacks.