Germany

German government plans mass deportation of refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 December 2016

The German government is significantly expanding its deportation efforts and intends to construct what in practice will be a mass deportation apparatus.

Germany: Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump’s election held in Frankfurt

By our correspondents, 5 December 2016

What are the causes and consequences of Trump’s election? This question was at the centre of the well-attended IYSSE meeting in Frankfurt.

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of history

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016

Historians like Humboldt University's Jörg Baberowski are labouring to rewrite and falsify history in order to justify new wars and discredit opposition to them.

Germany: New recruiting drive by the Bundeswehr

By Johannes Stern, 5 December 2016

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to increase the size of the armed forces and recruit thousands of new soldiers in the coming years.

Striking Lufthansa pilots demonstrate in Frankfurt

By Marianne Arens, 2 December 2016

Hundreds of striking Lufthansa pilots gathered at Rhein-Main Airport in Frankfurt on day seven of the latest pilots’ strike.

Germany: Striking pilots need a socialist perspective

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 December 2016

The strike by 5,400 Lufthansa pilots deserves the support of all workers.

Right-wing German daily and Christian Democratic politicians call for nuclear weapons

By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2016

Following the decision by the German parliament last Friday to increase the military budget, a discussion has begun about providing the military with nuclear weapons.

German engineering workers protest job cuts in Berlin

By our reporters, 30 November 2016

The IG Metall trade union and works council intend to present a business plan to management under which job cuts will supposedly be a “last resort.”

IYSSE opposes physical attack on right-wing professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 30 November 2016

Acts of violence against professors undermine the fight against right-wing ideology and provide a pretext for university administrators to crack down on political opposition.

Lufthansa makes new offer to striking pilots

By Dietmar Henning, 28 November 2016

The offer made by the Lufthansa board on Friday evening is aimed at breaking the resistance of the pilots’ union and pushing through fundamental changes in working conditions.

The 2017 German budget: Billions for the military and war

By Johannes Stern, 28 November 2016

Almost three years after President Gauck and the German government announced the end of military restraint, a massive build-up of the military is at the centre of the budget.

Incoming Berlin senate plans more deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 26 November 2016

The Left Party, the Greens and Social Democrats want to organize mass deportations more efficiently through their preferred method of “voluntary” repatriation.

German establishment criticizes Trump’s protectionist economic policy

By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2016

The German establishment is alarmed that Donald Trump’s “America first” policy could plunge the world economy into the kind of trade war witnessed in the 1930s.

Incoming Berlin senate plans more deportations under a new guise

By Carola Kleinert, 25 November 2016

The Left Party, the Greens and Social Democrats want to organize mass deportations more efficiently through their preferred method of “voluntary” repatriation.

Germany: Humboldt University Student Parliament opposes military advertising at university

By our reporter, 24 November 2016

The motion to ban advertising by the armed forces at the university was introduced by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) chapter at Humboldt.

Merkel to run for fourth term as German chancellor

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 November 2016

A new Merkel chancellorship is an appeal for all parties to close ranks as opposition grows to austerity and militarism.

Humboldt University Professor Sandkühler’s response to the IYSSE: A declaration of intellectual bankruptcy

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2016

Professor Sandkühler declares any criticism of the right-wing positions of his colleague Jörg Baberowski “outrageous” and rejects any discussion of the issues involved.

German Left Party backs European army

By Verena Nees, 22 November 2016

The Left Party has responded to Donald Trump’s election victory by shifting further to the right on domestic and foreign policy.

German city builds four-metre-high wall in front of refugee shelter

By Anna Rombach, 22 November 2016

Criticism of the wall has been directed not only against the Munich politicians responsible, but also the reactionary policies of the grand coalition government in Berlin.

Berlin IYSSE meeting on Trump election provokes intense discussion

By our correspondents, 21 November 2016

The large attendance and lively discussion at the meeting indicate that a new generation of young workers and students is being radicalized.

Volkswagen plans 30,000 job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 19 November 2016

VW and its works council agreed to the destruction of more than one in seven of the company’s current 200,000 staff worldwide as part of the so-called Pact for the Future.

Obama seeks to placate concerns over Trump in final tour of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2016

Obama’s promotion of his successor is so obvious that the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as Donald Trump’s “press spokesman.”

Well-attended IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University on Trump’s election

By our reporter, 18 November 2016

The large turnout and intense discussion at the meeting indicate that a new generation of young workers and students is becoming politicized.

Obama visits Berlin after Trump’s victory

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 November 2016

Notwithstanding Obama's claims, Trump’s election will be characterised by sharp tensions and shocks in Transatlantic relations.

Leading SPD politician to become German president

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2016

Steinmeier, like no other German politician, embodies a policy of welfare cuts and militarism.

Oppose right-wing ideology at Humboldt University: An open letter to Professor Thomas Sandkühler

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016

The IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin is protesting against the attempt to suppress legitimate criticism of the right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski.

German parliament backs extension of military operations in Iraq and Syria

By Justus Leicht, 14 November 2016

German troops are engaged in a wide-scale military combat mission in the Middle East, having been granted permission to “use military force”.

Hamburg student committee protests appearance by Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2016

Growing numbers of students are no longer prepared to accept the transformation of their universities into centres of war propaganda and militarism.

Berlin: Red-red-green coalition to strengthen police

By Sonja Bach, 12 November 2016

The prospective red-red-green coalition is justifying the strengthening of the police and state apparatus with phrases about “civil rights” and “promoting democracy.”

German media demands military buildup in response to US election

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2016

The newspapers Die Zeit and Die Süddeutsche are exploiting anxiety over a Trump presidency to campaign for the return of German militarism.

VW denies emissions fraud in Europe

By Dietmar Henning, 11 November 2016

The arrogant denials of responsibility by VW management have driven the company deeper into the abyss.

Shock in Europe over Trump’s election victory

By Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2016

Europe’s ruling elites fear that the election of Trump will not only destabilise the United States, but also the rest of the world.

German media calls for massive rearmament after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 9 November 2016

The German elites are using the US presidential election to promote the return of German militarism.

Red-red-green coalition in Germany emerges as staunch defender of European Union

By Verena Nees, 8 November 2016

The SPD, Left Party and Greens are not defending the EU because they hold illusions in its reformability, but because they share the same political interests.

Growing tensions in Chinese-German relations

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 November 2016

The visit to China this week by German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel is overshadowed by mounting tensions.

Hamburg court acquits defendants in Cologne New Years Eve frameup

By Dietmar Henning, 5 November 2016

Three defendants were kept in detainment for almost half a year, although the charges against them were based on the “provision of false facts.”

German think tank demands greater foreign policy independence from the US

By Johannes Stern, 4 November 2016

Just days before the US presidential election, the German government-aligned Foreign Policy Institute (SWP) published a paper calling for a more independent German foreign policy.

Buyer reportedly found for German supermarket chain

By Dietmar Henning, 3 November 2016

An agreement has reportedly been reached to divide up the German supermarket chain Kaiser’s Tengelmann.

German Left Party pushes for red-red-green coalition before federal election

By Verena Nees, 2 November 2016

The Left Party parliamentary group leader called on the SPD leadership to end the grand coalition early and proposed an agreement on welfare cuts and foreign military interventions.

Eurowings strike grounds domestic German flights

By Dietmar Henning, 31 October 2016

The conflict is a reaction to Lufthansa’s strategy of reducing the wages and working conditions of all of its employees to the level of its cut-price subsidiary airline Eurowings.

German welfare recipients threatened with fines of up to €5,000

By Anna Rombach, 28 October 2016

According to tightened state regulations regarding Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits, the unemployed now have to deal with drastic penalties if their applications are incomplete.

Berlin exhibition—“Mass Shootings: The Holocaust from the Baltic to the Black Sea 1941-1944”

By Verena Nees, 28 October 2016

A small, but nonetheless very significant exhibition is currently on display at the Berlin Documentation Centre.

Refugee deaths surge in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 October 2016

According to UN data, 3,740 refugees drowned at sea in the first ten months of 2016, more than the total for all of last year.

Flight attendants union calls off strikes at Eurowings airline in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 26 October 2016

The small sectoral union, Ufo, does not represent any alternative to the large service sector union Verdi which collaborates closely with Lufthansa and other companies.

Plans take shape for red-red-green federal coalition in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 25 October 2016

Under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis, sections of the ruling elite see such a coalition as a good option to enforce austerity and war.

Germany: 1.4 million live on welfare for more than eight years

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 25 October 2016

Of the 4.2 million jobless deemed fit for work, many have been dependent on Hartz IV payments for years, facing constant harassment from the job centres.

Hundreds attend lecture by David North in Frankfurt, Germany

By our correspondents, 25 October 2016

In a lecture titled “Philosophy and Politics in Times of War and Revolution,” David North presented his book The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left.

Philosophy and Politics in an Age of War and Revolution

A lecture delivered at the Goethe University in Frankfurt

By David North, 25 October 2016

This lecture by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North was delivered in German on October 22 at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. North spoke at the invitation of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Divisions grow at EU summit over trans-Atlantic trade, war drive against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2016

The European Union is incapable not only of reaching agreement on policy, but of hiding the increasingly embittered tensions among its member states.

Germany: The liquidation of the Kaiser’s Tengelmann supermarket chain

By Marianne Arens, 22 October 2016

After the failure of the roundtable talks organised by the union Verdi, the bosses of the supermarket chain have begun to sell off stores in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Putin meets with Merkel and Hollande

By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2016

A meeting between the German chancellor and the French, Russian and Ukrainian presidents on Wednesday in Berlin produced no practical results.

Red-Red-Green coalition in Berlin state prepares to continue austerity drive

By Verena Nees, 20 October 2016

A so-called Red-Red-Green coalition in Berlin will pursue budgetary consolidation and impose an austerity programme on the backs of the working population.

The false friends of Peter Weiss, German dramatist, filmmaker and novelist

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 October 2016

Central to Peter Weiss’s work were the seminal experiences of the twentieth century––the crimes of fascism, the October Revolution and its subsequent betrayal by the Stalinist bureaucracy.

Bremen University student body protests against Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 October 2016

This and similar protests in Germany demonstrate that students are not prepared to tolerate the transformation of the universities into right-wing and militarist think tanks.

German media in war mode over Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 18 October 2016

German editorial writers and leading members of the Greens are calling for military intervention in Syria and for “toughness against Russia.”

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2016

As the new academic year begins at German universities this week, the IYSSE is distributing the following statement to first-year students.

The Rosenburg Files: Germany’s justice ministry was a stronghold of former Nazis

By Verena Nees, 17 October 2016

A recently published report shows that the senior levels of the federal justice ministry in 1957 comprised 77 percent former Nazi Party members.

Are German authorities covering up for the death of Jaber al-Bakr?

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 October 2016

The 22-year-old Syrian terrorist suspect was found dead in his cell on Wednesday evening.

German government expands military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2016

In future, German soldiers will monitor Syrian airspace on board NATO’s AWACS reconnaissance planes.

German Chancellor Merkel backs oppressive Ethiopian regime

By Johannes Stern, 13 October 2016

Just two days prior to the chancellor’s arrival, the Ethiopian regime declared a six-month state of emergency in order to take even more brutal measures against widespread protests.

Merkel promotes the return of German militarism to Africa

By Johannes Stern, 11 October 2016

The official propaganda cannot disguise the fact the German ruling class is pursing its economic and geostrategic interests in Africa, which is rich in raw materials.

German government urges tougher action against Russia and Syria

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2016

With the conflict between the US and Russia intensifying dramatically, the German government has hardened its attitude towards Moscow.

German Supreme Court rejects compensation for Kunduz bombing victims

By Verena Nees, 10 October 2016

The ruling on the Kunduz massacre strengthens the military and increases the likelihood that similar crimes will be committed in the future.

Germany: Kaiser’s Tengelmann supermarket chain threatened with closure

By Dietmar Henning, 8 October 2016

Following another secret meeting, the takeover of the supermarket chain by Edeka was again postponed.

Germany: IG Metall and works council agree to 1,700 more job cuts

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 7 October 2016

Siemens management and the central works council agreed September 26 to a so-called compromise of interests including plans for widespread job cuts.

Germany: Common ground between Left Party leader Wagenknecht and the far-right AfD

By Johannes Stern, 7 October 2016

While leading CDU politicians are drumming up support for coalitions with the Alternative for Germany, the Left Party is playing a key role in integrating the far-right party into the official political spectrum.

Nazi propaganda during German Unity celebration in Dresden

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 October 2016

Police encouraged right-wing anti-immigrant activists to demonstrate right in front of the main reviewing stands.

German media steps up drumbeat for war and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2016

Articles in two prominent newspapers urge intensification of the war drive despite the opposition of the population.

Deutsche Bank crisis: Germany and US accuse each other of economic warfare

By Stefan Steinberg, 4 October 2016

While the latest outbreak of transatlantic hostilities revolves around the perilous state of Deutsche Bank, it is not the only bank facing collapse.

Police state preparations in Dresden for German Unity Day

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 3 October 2016

Some 2,600 police officers have been mobilised, including a special unit of the Saxony state police and the elite GSG 9 force.

Deutsche Bank and the global financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 1 October 2016

The contradiction between booming financial markets and intractable slump in the underlying economy is assuming an ever more explosive form.

Crisis at Germany’s Deutsche Bank intensifies

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 September 2016

Following the plunge in Deutsche Bank’s share price to its lowest level since 1983, Germany’s second largest bank, Commerzbank, has announced a major restructuring.

Berlin police shoot Iraqi refugee

By Verena Nees, 30 September 2016

The young father of three was shot dead after reacting to the alleged sexual assault of his six-year-old daughter by another man.

The Verdi union’s despicable role in the breakup of Germany’s Kaiser’s Tengelmann retail group

By Marianne Arens, 30 September 2016

Roundtable talks, secret negotiations, time limit extensions—the unions are seeking to ensure nothing prevents the smooth sell-off of the retail chain.

SPD, Left Party and Greens commence coalition talks after Berlin election

By Christoph Vandreier, 29 September 2016

The task of a “red-red-green” coalition will be to step up the right-wing policies of boosting state powers, attacking refugees and slashing social programs.

Britain attacks plans for European military union at Bratislava summit

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 28 September 2016

British officials see German and French plans to militarise the European Union as an intolerable threat to the NATO alliance and Europe's relations with the United States.

Deutsche Bank plunge sparks talk of “Lehman moment”

By Nick Beams, 27 September 2016

The turmoil surrounding Deutsche Bank is only the sharpest expression of a crisis gripping the whole of the European banking system.

German Left Party on a war footing for participation in federal government

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2016

The Left Party has reacted to the recent Berlin state election with a sharp shift to the right.

Germany: Green-conservative coalition in Baden-Württemberg backs domestic army operations

By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 24 September 2016

The coalition under Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Thomas Strobl (CDU) has become a spearhead of militarism, austerity and attacks on refugees.

SPD continues talks with the Left Party, Greens about next Berlin Senate

By Christoph Vandreier, 24 September 2016

The Social Democratic Party (SPD), Greens and Left Party have left it in no doubt that a so-called “red-red-green” Senate would pursue an extremely right-wing agenda.

Germany and France press ahead with a European military union

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016

A joint paper by the German and French defence ministers calls for the development of an independent European military and great power policy.

German foreign minister calls for no-fly zone over Syria

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016

A no-fly zone enforced by the US, Germany or other NATO powers would not be a peace initiative, but rather the prelude to a vast escalation of the Western-incited war for regime change in Syria.

The significance of the PSG’s election campaign in Berlin

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 September 2016

Workers will rapidly come into conflict with the social attacks carried out by a red-red-green coalition and the further preparations for war.

German supermarket chain to be broken up with thousands of jobs lost

By Marianne Arens, 22 September 2016

The trade unions and the SPD have given their seal of approval to the destruction of jobs, wages and workers’ rights in the store chain merger.

After the Berlin state election

German government steps up anti-refugee agitation

By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her party’s historic low in the Berlin state election to distance herself from the so-called “welcoming culture.”

What is the significance of a red-red-green coalition in Berlin?

By Christoph Vandreier, 20 September 2016

The Left Party, Greens and Social Democrats are moving to form a coalition in the aftermath of Sunday’s state elections in Berlin.

Germany: Right-wing mob hounds refugees in Bautzen, Saxony

By Katerina Selin, 20 September 2016

The right-wing politics of all the establishment parties are encouraging far-right forces to carry out open violence against refugees.

Berlin election results show growing anger towards establishment parties

By Johannes Stern, 19 September 2016

All of the main parties in the Berlin state House of Representatives elections represent the same right-wing, anti-social programme.

Young Euro Classic: International music festival in shadow of European Union crisis

By Verena Nees, 19 September 2016

The summer music festival was held in Berlin for the seventeenth time and attracted an audience of 26,000 to the Berlin concert hall at the Gendarmenmarkt.

The international significance of the Berlin election

By Peter Schwarz, 17 September 2016

Amid the widespread discrediting of the established political parties, the German ruling class is contemplating the formation of a “Red-Red-Green” government to suppress opposition to militarism and austerity.

SEP candidate prevented from speaking at tenants’ meeting in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 17 September 2016

A candidate of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit was barred from speaking because he intended to criticise the privatisation policy of the Left Party and the SPD.

PSG holds successful final election meeting in Berlin

By our correspondents, 17 September 2016

Speakers outlined a socialist program to unite the struggle against war with the fight against social inequality, the strengthening of the state apparatus and xenophobia.

Child poverty continues to grow in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2016

No other city has as many impoverished children or young people as Berlin.

Right-wing campaign after anti-terror operation in Germany

By Katerina Selin, 16 September 2016

The arrest of three terrorist suspects in Schleswig-Holstein was immediately seized upon by politicians and the media to encourage xenophobic sentiments and call for a strong state.

Berlin election: Pseudo-left supports right-wing election campaign of the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2016

The Revolutionary Internationalist Organisation and Socialist Alternative are backing a so-called red-red-green coalition, pledged to austerity and anti-immigrant policies.

Germany, France propose EU military alliance before post-Brexit summit

By Alex Lantier, 13 September 2016

In response to Brexit, Berlin and Paris aim to transform the EU into a military alliance capable of waging major wars abroad and large-scale repression at home.

German government plans massive expansion of spy services

By Sven Heymann, 13 September 2016

The strengthening of the German intelligence agencies is part of a comprehensive buildup of the state apparatus at home and abroad.

German weekly Die Zeit defends Al Qaeda

By Peter Schwarz, 13 September 2016

Die Zeit is angry that the Russian-American accord on Syria instructs the “moderate rebels” to distance themselves from Al Qaeda.

“The danger of a third world war was never as great as it is today”

PSG candidate in Berlin election speaks on German television

By our correspondents, 12 September 2016

Christoph Vandreier made clear that the PSG is the only party in the Berlin Senate election campaign drawing attention to the war danger and mobilising the working class against it.

Working conditions worsen in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 10 September 2016

Working conditions in Germany have worsened significantly. Evening, night and weekend work as well as both paid and unpaid overtime are on the rise.