Germany

German parliament endorses Syriza’s proposed austerity measures

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.

German television documentary on the troika and Greece

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.

German trade union approves 1,400 layoffs at Karstadt department store

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.

Germany and Austria discriminate against Kosovo refugees

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.

German constitutional court justifies state use of agents provocateurs

By Justus Leicht, 24 February 2015

The court ruling undermines the right to a fair trial for those set up by undercover agents.

Germany: Further strike action imminent at Deutsche Bahn

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.

Schäuble’s arrogance towards Greece and the class divide in Germany

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.

Germany and EU look set to reject Greece’s request for six-month loan extension

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.

German government prepares new military doctrine

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.

Study shows inequality much higher in Germany than previously estimated

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

Pulling down the shutters at the Berlinale

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.

German government to establish Eastern Europe Institute

By Sven Heymanns, 18 February 2015

The new institute will serve as a think tank for an aggressive German foreign policy in eastern Europe.

New revelations in the 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing

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.

German army association demands massive armaments increase

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.

Siemens unveils another round of job cuts in Germany and worldwide

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.

German President Gauck’s human rights imperialism

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.

German Left Party backs Merkel on Ukraine crisis

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.

German Karstadt department store plans more layoffs and pay cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 12 February 2015

The retailer is working with the Ver.di trade union to slash labour costs by 20 percent.

Spiegel Online warns of nuclear war

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.

Obama refuses to rule out arming Kiev following talks with Merkel

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.

German media backs confrontation with Russia over Ukraine

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.

Leader of German Social Democrats sides with right-wing Pegida movement

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 February 2015

Sigmar Gabriel used a news magazine interview to legitimize fascist views.

German television series Tannbach and German postwar history

By Sybille Fuchs, 9 February 2015

The ZDF mini-series attempts to encompass the history of divided Germany following the Second World War.

Meeting in Moscow fails to produce agreement as US plots escalation in Ukraine

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.

German chancellor seeks to push Hungary away from Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 7 February 2015

The Hungarian prime minister has criticised Western sanctions against Russia, declaring they would “harm us more than Russia.”

Germany demands Greek austerity as Syriza pledges “frenzy of reasonableness”

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.”

European leaders turn against Syriza’s appeals to alter Greek debt payments

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.

German ruling class demands that austerity, debt payments continue after Greek elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2015

The position of the German ruling class is that the elections in Greece must have no impact on the policies dictated by the European banks and their political representatives.

German military experts demand purchase of drones

By Johannes Stern, 3 February 2015

Germany’s move to acquire combat drones exposes the lie that the German ruling class and its military have been forced to wage war in defence of human rights and democracy.

Germany’s working poor and the government’s “jobs miracle”

By Dietmar Henning, 3 February 2015

Germany’s much vaunted “jobs miracle” is a fraud, ignoring the mounting number of working poor.

Germany to send troops into northern Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2015

In February, Bundeswehr trainers leave to train the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against the Islamic State.

German president uses Auschwitz commemoration to justify militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 January 2015

With the utmost cynicism, President Joachim Gauck is using the terrible crimes of German imperialism in the past to prepare new crimes in the future.

Germany moves into deflation as global bond prices point to deepening slump

By Nick Beams, 30 January 2015

The potential consequences of falling consumer prices and money flooding into bond markets threaten to outweigh even those of the 2008 financial crisis.

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2015

The anniversary’s observance was overshadowed by a new drive toward world war and the threat of historic crimes to come.

German Social Democratic leader enters into discussions with Pegida

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 January 2015

The head of the Social Democratic Party has provided the right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement with official recognition.

Berlin mayor resigns: The end of the era

By Emma Bode and Verena Nees, 27 January 2015

The tenure of Klaus Wowereit was marked by sharp social divisions, growing poverty and the further enrichment of the city’s already wealthy ruling elite.

German corporations call for new forms of workplace exploitation

By Dietmar Henning, 26 January 2015

Corporations and government institutions in Germany have called for a “fourth industrial revolution” based on at-will employment.

Boko Haram and the return of German imperialism to Africa

By Johannes Stern, 22 January 2015

Earlier this week, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced German support for the fight against Boko Haram in West and Central Africa.

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will have one seat in the student parliament. The ballots were tabulated late Wednesday night following voting that was held over two days.

German media and politicians promote right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 21 January 2015

A leading commentator in the German media has proposed that the slogan “We are Pegida” be placed alongside “I am Charlie” as part of a campaign to promote the right-wing movement.

German IYSSE meeting series ends with discussion on historical falsification and the universities

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The final meeting of the IYSSE at Humboldt University in this year’s student parliament election campaign took place on Monday.

Humboldt University discussion: “The Charlie Hebdo campaign is being used to suppress freedom of speech”

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The comprehensive report and discussion at the IYSSE’s final election meeting at Humboldt University encouraged several participants to speak out afterwards.

German TV documentary on the hunt for Edward Snowden

By Johann Müller, 21 January 2015

The programme details Snowden’s persecution by the US authorities and his search for a country that would grant him asylum.

German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2015

The German ruling elite is using the Charlie Hebdo affair to advance an agenda it has long been preparing: the dismantling of democratic rights and Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.

Germany: Refugee murdered after anti-immigrant demonstration

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 January 2015

20-year-old Khaled Idris Bahray was beaten to death outside his apartment in Dresden.

100,000 protest against Pegida in Germany

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 15 January 2015

While the German media reported that the demonstration held Monday by Pegida was the largest thus far, its opponents held far bigger rallies.

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

By Andre Damon and Jesse Olsen, 13 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Humboldt University is running in the upcoming student elections against the drive to turn the university into a center of war propaganda.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 13 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

German reaction to Paris shootings: State build-up and anti-Muslim agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 January 2015

The German political establishment and media have exploited widespread outrage and shock resulting from the Paris attacks for their own reactionary political goals.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

Germany’s Social Democrats announce new round of social attacks

By Dietmar Henning, 10 January 2015

Two SPD ministers in Merkel’s grand coalition government defended the Hartz IV welfare reforms in a recent commentary.

Leading German historian Hermann Weber dies

By Wolfgang Weber, 10 January 2015

The World Socialist Web Site is reposting an interview it conducted with the noted German historian Hermann Weber in November of 2011.

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

By Christoph Dreier, 9 January 2015

On Monday, approximately 15,000 people took part in the right-wing, anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations in Dresden, Germany.

Leading Nazi worked for Germany’s post-war intelligence service for 13 years

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 January 2015

A fanatical, high-ranking Nazi contributed to building Germany’s post-war intelligence service.

IYSSE at Humboldt University begins seminars on the return of German militarism

By our reporters, 7 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is sponsoring a series of lectures at Berlin”s Humboldt University and is running in the student union election to oppose German militarism.

German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2015

German leaders are threatening Greece with an exit from the euro zone if the new government does not uphold the agreements reached with the European Union.

Germany: Ten years of Hartz IV welfare cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 6 January 2015

The Hartz IV legislation of 2005 began the most destructive attack on the German social welfare system since the end of World War II.

German army and intelligence service complicit in US drone killings

By Johannes Stern, 5 January 2015

Secret documents reveal that a German commander personally selected targets for US drone killings in Afghanistan.

Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics

By Christoph Dreier, 3 January 2015

The right-wing movement "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" (Pegida) was largely manufactured by the establishment parties and the media.

As Greek government collapses, Berlin demands more austerity

By Christoph Dreier, 30 December 2014

German political and business figures responded aggressively to the failure to elect a Greek president, making clear they will give no ground on austerity policies.

Investigation into 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing reopened

By Dietmar Henning, 29 December 2014

There is considerable evidence linking the bomb attack at the 1980 Oktoberfest to the combined activities of the German state and various right-wing terrorist groups.

Germany: Tens of thousands protest against ultra-right Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 27 December 2014

Thousands of supporters of the right-wing extremist Pegida movement gathered at a demonstration in Dresden on Monday. Thousands more protested in counter-demonstrations in other cities.

IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history

27 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues.

What is behind the German media’s condemnation of CIA torture?

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2014

Calls are mounting in the media and the political establishment demanding that Germany pursue its imperialist interests more independently from the US.

German public broadcaster criticised over biased report on Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 20 December 2014

A German ombudsman has accused a TV report of displaying an ignorance of history, adopting uncritically the views of Ukrainian nationalists and neglecting to mention the Nazi past of an interviewee.

German defence minister visits the frontline in Afghanistan

By Wolfgang Weber, 20 December 2014

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen warned against an “abrupt withdrawal” of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

German establishment spawns right-wing Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2014

The anti-immigrant Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West (Pegida) demonstrations are the product of a systematic campaign by politicians and the media.

Edward Snowden denied entry by German Constitutional Court

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2014

The ruling underlines the fact that the German ruling elite will not hesitate to collaborate in Snowden’s arrest and extradition to the US.

German court stops prosecution of SS soldier involved in French war crime

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 17 December 2014

A Cologne court announced it will not initiate proceedings against a man who was part of an SS regiment that murdered the inhabitants of a French village in 1944.

Xenophobic campaign in Germany leads to burning of refugee homes

By Christoph Dreier, 17 December 2014

Right-wing gangs are being encouraged by the reactionary immigration policies of the government and leading politicians.

Germany: The reactionary programme of the organisations backing “Winter of Peace”

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 December 2014

There can be no doubt that many right-wingers are active in Germany’s so-called new peace movement, and increasingly set the tone.

Ten thousand take part in right-wing demonstration in Dresden

By Peter Schwarz, 12 December 2014

The Pegida Demonstrations are aimed at directing growing social tensions into reactionary channels and building a fascist movement.

Germany: First-ever Left Party state minister president

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2014

The Left party is to be integrated into the programme of social attacks and the build-up of the military in preparation for its participation in a future federal government.

German government attacks rights of asylum seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 December 2014

The core of the new law is the criminalisation of refugees, who can be arrested at any time in the future, and the elimination of obstacles to deportation.

British and German youth orchestras celebrate 100 years of jazz

By Barbara Slaughter, 11 December 2014

These talented young musicians came together to celebrate “Freedom and Friendship: A Century of Jazz.”

German elite divided over policy toward Russia and the US

By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2014

Last Friday, 60 prominent figures from German politics, economics, culture and the media published a sharp criticism of the policy of the German government towards Russia.

Germany: Trial of anti-Nazi pastor ends in compromise

By Martin Novak, 10 December 2014

The Dresden district court decided to abandon the prosecution of pastor Lothar König after a year-long break in proceedings.

Germany: GM Opel plant closure exposes bankruptcy of IG Metall

By Dietmar Henning, 8 December 2014

The first closure of an auto plant in German postwar history has been facilitated by the IG Metall engineering union.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s great power speech to big business

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2014

In his opening speech at the SZ Economic Summit, the foreign minister appealed to business heads to support Germany’s ambitions to be a global power.

Lufthansa pilots in Germany walk out again

By Dietmar Henning, 4 December 2014

Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages.

Debate in Germany over euthanasia

By Sibylle Fuchs, 4 December 2014

Against a background of widespread poverty among the elderly, the debate over euthanasia is centered on eliminating care rather than providing compassionate treatment.

Party leader boasts: German Left Party more pro-business than the CDU

By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2014

In an interview with a major German newspaper, Left Party leader Bodo Ramelow boasted that his party was better prepared to push through anti-working class policies than the conservative CDU.

Munich police evict refugees from protest camp

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 December 2014

Refugee protests have been met with violence from Munich police.

The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3 December 2014

Claims of “defamation” are refuted by Baberowski’s own words.

German parliament passes austerity budget

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 December 2014

Finance Minister Schäuble’s austerity diktats and the Left Party’s call for investment programmes are only the right and left boot of capitalist exploitation.

German welfare “reforms” promote virtual slave labour

By Dietmar Henning, 1 December 2014

The Hartz welfare and labour “reforms” and the enlargement of the EU have created conditions in which hundreds of thousands of workers are exploited as virtual slaves.

For scholarship instead of war propaganda

IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 1 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is placing at the center of its campaign the struggle against war and opposition to attempts to transform Humboldt University into a center of militarism.

German constitutional court increases the power of the church

By Justus Leicht, 29 November 2014

The federal court declared legal the dismissal of the chief doctor of internal medicine at a Catholic hospital on the grounds that the church has the “right of self-determination.”

The reactionary politics of German Greens on display at party congress

By Dietmar Henning, 28 November 2014

The Green Party congress marked the end of the period in which its petty-bourgeois identity politics could pose as progressive or even leftist.

Humboldt University seeks to ban criticism of right-wing professor

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE of Germany

27 November 2014

Humboldt University in Berlin has publicly attacked the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality for criticizing the right-wing political views and activities of the historian Jörg Baberowski.

Why do the German elites want war?

SEP meeting and discussion in Stuttgart

By our correspondents, 27 November 2014

The question of why the socialist movement was not able to prevent the outbreak of the First World War provoked an important discussion at the meeting.

Franco-German reform plan calls for deep social cuts, wage freeze in France

By Kumaran Ira, 26 November 2014

France and Germany are proposing a joint economic reform plan with deep social cuts and flexible labour rules in favour of big business.

Germany: ThyssenKrupp returns to profitability and steps up its cuts program

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 26 November 2014

ThyssenKrupp is using the international economic crisis to drastically intensify the exploitation of its workforce.

“Red-Red-Green” coalition in Thuringia: Welfare cuts and heightened state powers

By Christoph Dreier, 25 November 2014

With a ruthless austerity policy in Thuringia, the Left Party intends to show its readiness to take on ministerial positions in the federal government.

German army opens “career centre” in the heart of Berlin

By Katerina Selin, 24 November 2014

The Berlin Career Centre is aimed at once again making militarism a visible part of German social life.

German Greens parade pro-business, pro-war credentials

By Dietmar Henning, 22 November 2014

The Greens aim to become the favoured party of German big business.

German military to lead NATO rapid response force

By Philipp Frisch, 20 November 2014

The German military is playing a central role in NATO’s aggressive military build-up against Russia.

Merkel’s “Hun Speech” against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2014

In Sydney, Australia, the German chancellor accused Russia of a massive breach of international law in order to justify her own aggressive war policy.

Witness implicates German intelligence agency at neo-Nazi murder trial

By Sven Heymanns, 17 November 2014

New courtroom testimony confirms that the Thuringian intelligence agency aided and abetted neo-Nazis.