By Philipp Frisch, 21 October 2017
On October 9, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) resumed operations in Syria and Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2017
A “Jamaica coalition” would intensify austerity policies throughout Europe, press ahead with the militarisation of the EU and adopt the Alternative for Germany’s anti-refugee policy.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2017
The Left Party is responding to the federal election and the rise of the Alternative for Germany by shifting sharply to the right, triggering internal divisions.
German Social Democrats take first place in Lower Saxony election but lose their Green coalition partner
By Ulrich Rippert, 19 October 2017
The SPD gained more than 4 percent over its last showing, but the losses of the Greens mean that the two parties lack the parliamentary majority needed for a new coalition.
By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017
Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.
By Ulrich Rippert, 14 October 2017
Influential ruling class circles intend to use the result to facilitate a complete realignment of the government at the federal level.
French president Macron and ex-left Cohn-Bendit advocate a militarily strong Europe at Frankfurt Book Fair
By Marianne Arens, 14 October 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron is striving for a heavily armed Europe capable of pursuing its own imperialist strategy around the world, while suppressing opposition at home.
By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 13 October 2017
The massive spying operation on millions of innocent people carried out by US, British and German intelligence agencies will have no legal consequences in Germany.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2017
The outgoing German finance minister is taking advantage of his last days in office to call for his policy of social cuts to be made permanent.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 October 2017
The Christian Democratic Union and its partner, the Christian Social Union, have agreed on a common line of approach for a future government coalition to include the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.
By Dietmar Henning, 11 October 2017
Although three reports reveal the right-wing extremist motives of the attacker, who killed nine people, the authorities continue to speak of a shooting spree by a victim of school bullying.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017
The German government has backed Madrid’s suppression of the Catalonian independence referendum because it, too, is preparing to crack down on social and political opposition at home.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017
It is already becoming clear that the new government will be the most right-wing in the history of the German Federal Republic.
By Gustav Kemper, 6 October 2017
The merger of the two companies, with 62,000 employees and an annual turnover of around 15 billion euros, creates the world’s second-largest railway technology company.
By Katerina Selin, 5 October 2017
The assumption behind the law, which took effect October 1, is that companies will delete controversial posts rather than risk severe financial penalties.
By Christoph Vandreier, 5 October 2017
In his speech on German Unity Day, the president advocated an understanding with the ultra-right AfD, a tougher refugee policy and “German patriotism.”
By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017
The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 October 2017
A Green Party conference agreed to start negotiations on a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union and the Free Democratic Party.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2017
The Social Democratic Party is taking on the task of suppressing opposition to militarism, the strengthening of the state apparatus and social cutbacks.
By Christopher Hosang and Johannes Stern, 2 October 2017
For the first time since the collapse of the Third Reich 72 years ago, a right-wing extremist party has entered the German Bundestag.
By Tino Jacobson, 30 September 2017
The latest acquisitions are part of a comprehensive armaments program over coming years whose dimensions recall the massive rearming of the Wehrmacht in the 1930s.
By Johannes Stern, 29 September 2017
The ruling class has responded to the right-wing extremist AfD’s electoral success with intensified calls for a military build-up and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.
By Sven Heymanns, 29 September 2017
The entry of the Alternative for Germany into Germany's parliament last Sunday was cause for great concern, fear and anger for many, both in Germany and beyond.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 September 2017
The media and political establishment have paved the way for the AfD and are exploiting its electoral success to justify a further lurch to the right.
SGP election rally: International meeting in Berlin calls for stepped-up struggle against capitalism and war
By our reporters, 27 September 2017
The rally took place on the final day of the election campaign waged throughout Germany by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP, Socialist Equality Party).
By our correspondents, 27 September 2017
The speeches to the Berlin meeting by leading members of the Fourth International from Germany, Britain, France and the US were closely followed by the audience and found a very positive response.
By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2017
The same parties that are politically responsible for the rise of the AfD are exploiting the right-wing extremists’ electoral success to shift the political climate even further to the right.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2017
For the first time since the fall of the Nazis, a right-wing extremist party is entering Germany’s national parliament.
By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2017
Phrases about “peace,” “human rights” and “global justice” are rhetorical window-dressing for Germany’s renewed turn to imperialist “Realpolitik.”
By Johannes Stern, 22 September 2017
Burma’s notorious army chief Min Aung Hlaing was welcomed with military honours to Berlin in April.
By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2017
Just days before the federal election, a leading member of the far-right Alternative for Germany has called for Germany's Nazi past to be seen in a positive light.
The war danger and the significance of the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany
By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 September 2017
The incoming government’s policies have long been decided: an unprecedented intensification of militarism, the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus and social cuts.
By Johannes Stern, 19 September 2017
Ever since the Greens organised the first foreign combat operation by German soldiers since World War II in 1999, they have been a leading party of German militarism.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2017
It is evident that, despite the attention to detail in the case of the five accused, the aim of the NSU trial was to conceal the role played by the secret services.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 September 2017
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung warned the Polish government that its western border would no longer be recognised if it continues to insist upon reparations.
By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2017
In his State of the European Union speech yesterday, the EU Commission president outlined an aggressive military and commercial agenda for post-Brexit Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 14 September 2017
The Left Party, like all of Germany’s capitalist parties, is fully integrated into German militarism and is playing a central role in the country’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.
By Verena Nees, 13 September 2017
Sahra Wagenknecht, the Left Party's leading candidate for this month's federal election, has made clear that all its talk of “opposing the right wing” is just that—empty talk.
By our reporters, 13 September 2017
The meeting was addressed by Socialist Equality Party candidate Christoph Vandreier and Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the SEP in Britain.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 September 2017
The military build-up has not featured in the election campaign because all parties agree that it must be massively expanded after the election.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2017
The media and political parties have long sought to keep the issues of war and militarism out of the election campaign, but reality is now catching up with them.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2017
The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union have adopted a statement endorsing “a strong state” based on “order” as the supreme principle.
By Marianne Arens, 7 September 2017
The largest evacuation in post-war German history led to many lively discussions about war and dictatorship.
By Sybille Fuchs, 6 September 2017
Two works of art dealing with the fate of refugees and exiles have become the focus of fierce attacks on this year’s documenta 14 art exhibition in the city of Kassel.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 September 2017
Like Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz in Sunday’s television debate, representatives of the smaller parties advocated a massive build-up of the domestic state apparatus.
By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2017
Merkel and Schulz agreed on virtually every issue and appealed for a crackdown on refugees, more police, and a more aggressive German and European foreign policy.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2017
The extent of surveillance and the arbitrary and unconstitutional storage of data on thousands of “left-wing political extremists” are typical characteristics of an authoritarian police state.
By our reporters, 4 September 2017
Marianne Arens, an election candidate of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), spoke at a demonstration of students in the town of Offenbach protesting against the deportation of classmates to Afghanistan.
By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2017
The Social Democrats are seeking to transform widespread opposition to US-led imperialist wars into support for German militarism.
By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 31 August 2017
The banning of the left-wing website is a fundamental attack on freedom of speech and sets a precedent for the suppression of all social and political opposition.
By Katerina Selin, 30 August 2017
A 21-year-old man from the Netherlands was sentenced to a term of two years and seven months imprisonment because he allegedly threw two empty glass bottles at a police officer.
By Sven Heymanns, 30 August 2017
Despite the serious nature of the allegations, the prosecutor's office has failed to issue a warrant for the arrest of the two accused.
By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2017
The more the SPD declines in the polls, the more it lashes out aggressively in its election campaign.
By Johannes Stern, 26 August 2017
The shutdown of linksunten.indymedia.org is the latest step in a crackdown on left-wing politics in Germany ahead of the upcoming federal election.
By Marianne Arens, 26 August 2017
According to a paper from the Federal Labour Ministry, the gap between wages and wealth has grown rapidly over the past 20 years.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 August 2017
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier used the anniversary of the Hitler-Stalin pact to threaten Russia and boost Estonian nationalism, which draws directly from the traditions of the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 25 August 2017
Foreign policy relations between Berlin and Ankara have reached a new low amid hysterical denunciations of the Turkish government by German politicians.
By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2017
The same politicians and media outlets that criticized Trump’s response to the fascist rampage in Charlottesville are now fully behind his escalation of war in Afghanistan.
By Johannes Stern, 23 August 2017
Retired General Hans-Lothar Domröse declared that Germany, as Europe’s biggest economic power, must possess an appropriately equipped military.
By Sven Heymanns, 23 August 2017
Two developments in recent days illustrate the extent of ultra-right thinking and activities in the German army that are supported and covered up at the highest level.
By Justus Leicht, 23 August 2017
The violence stemmed predominantly from the security forces, and many of the acts described in the official narrative were either extremely exaggerated or completely invented.
By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2017
The same German media outlets and politicians who denounce Donald Trump for his support for the extreme right defend academic Jorg Baberowski for making even more egregious statements.
By Katerina Selin, 21 August 2017
Around 1,500 demonstrators blocked a march of 700 neo-Nazis who planned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, on Saturday.
By Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017
With far right forces rising across Europe, invocations of “Western values” by the European political establishment against Trump are false and hypocritical to the core.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2017
Adopting many slogans of the extreme right, Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor Martin Schulz is calling for more police and a crackdown on immigrants.
By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2017
The sanctimonious outrage of German politicians and media outlets over the Charlottesville events cannot conceal their responsibility for the rehabilitation of right-wing extremist ideology and its violent consequences.
By Anna Rombach, 16 August 2017
Eggs contaminated with the toxic insecticide Fipronil have now been found in many European countries and in Hong Kong.
By Wolfgang Weber, 14 August 2017
An entire edition of the leading news magazine is devoted to discussing how a Trump-style leader could be just what the German ruling class needs.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 August 2017
The German government increasingly regards the US as its most important imperialist rival and considers an open conflict with its previous ally inevitable in the long term.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 August 2017
These deals point to very sharp objective economic conflicts between the European powers and the United States that threaten to spill over into military conflict.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 August 2017
The loss of a majority in Lower Saxony is a serious setback for SPD chairman and chancellor candidate Martin Schulz.
By Christoph Vandreier, 11 August 2017
In the autumn, Internet company Facebook will open a new censorship centre employing 500 people in Essen, Germany.
By Sven Heymanns, 9 August 2017
In a guest contribution for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Professor Ralph Rotte declares that Germany’s armed forces should look to World War I for their role models.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 August 2017
For the first time since 2011, Germany will deport refugees to Greece, even though the majority of them confront homelessness and impoverishment.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2017
The sanctions against Russia adopted by a large majority in the US Congress are being interpreted in Germany as a trade war measure against Europe.
By our reporters, 7 August 2017
“We have focused on the central question facing workers in Germany and around the world: the growing danger of war,” said Ulrich Rippert, chairman of the Socialist Equality Party.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2017
SPD Lower Saxony interior minister Boris Pistorius has called for the limitation of asylum seekers by setting up detention centres—concentration camps—in Libya.
By Sven Heymanns, 2 August 2017
In two recent articles published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the newspaper makes the case for Germany arming itself with nuclear weapons.
By Johannes Stern, 2 August 2017
Oskar Lafontaine is seeking to transform widespread opposition to US militarism into support for German and European imperialism.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 August 2017
Following the adoption of new sanctions against Russia by both chambers of the US congress, Brigitte Zypries threatened that Europe may take counter-measures.
By Justus Leicht, 31 July 2017
The blood of the victims in Hamburg and Konstanz has barely had time to dry and the background to both attacks remains unclear, but politicians from all of the major parties are already seeking to outdo each other with right-wing demagogy.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 July 2017
Anyone believing there is a limit to the SPD’s rightward shift in the federal election campaign was disabused of this notion on Sunday. The party is now openly agitating against refugees.
By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017
Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.
By Sven Heymanns, 22 July 2017
It is clear that police, leading politicians and the media systematically exaggerated the scale of what took place in Hamburg and invented a number of incidents.
By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2017
Two months before the elections, the Social Democratic Party chancellor candidate, Martin Schulz, is running far behind current Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union).
By Christoph Vandreier, 20 July 2017
More than 6,000 right-wing extremists, wearing shirts reading “National Socialist” and “I love HTLR,” and spouting Nazi slogans, travelled from across Europe to take part in the event.
By Christoph Vandreier, 19 July 2017
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Neitzel insists that Germany’s Armed Forces must stand in the tradition of Hitler’s Wehrmacht because they must be an “instrument of battle.”
By Ulrich Rippert, 19 July 2017
Behind all the party’s talk of “securing the future”, “innovation”, “civil society” and “securing peace”, the SPD is preparing new spending cuts and the expansion of German militarism.
By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2017
The newly-proposed arms projects—including fighter jets, tanks and drones—should be taken as a warning by workers and young people throughout Europe.
By Sven Heymann, 17 July 2017
An interview in Spiegel Online and n-tv.de reinforces the conclusion that the police and security forces used the situation in Hamburg as training for uprisings and civil war.
By Johannes Stern, 17 July 2017
In the wake of the protests and violent state repression during the G20 summit in Hamburg, the Social Democrats, Left Party and Greens are showing their true colours as parties of bourgeois order.
By Dietmar Henning, 14 July 2017
In addition to a €500 million savings program, which involves the loss of around 4,000 jobs, the shedding of the steel sector will endanger thousands of other jobs and entire factories.
By Ulrich Rippert, 13 July 2017
Incidents of vandalism attributed to protesters on the sidelines of last weekend’s G-20 summit in Hamburg are being exploited to whip up a right-wing, law-and-order campaign throughout Germany.
By Gary Alvernia, 12 July 2017
Despite being hyped as a victory over protectionism, the FTA signals the growth of competing trade blocs and the rising danger of conflict and war.
By Andre Damon, 11 July 2017
High-ranking members of the German government have called for the drawing up of a list of “left-wing extremists” throughout Europe and a permanent ban on their entry into Germany.
By our reporters, 10 July 2017
Demonstrators described how police attacked peaceful protests at this weekend’s G20 summit in Hamburg with water cannons, batons and tear gas.
By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2017
The aggressiveness with which the ruling class has targeted protesters and the entire population of Hamburg must be taken as a warning.
By James Cogan, 7 July 2017
The police actions appear to have been a test of their riot tactics, ahead of possible attacks on larger demonstrations.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2017
The G20 summit convenes today in Hamburg, Germany in an atmosphere of global crisis and multisided conflicts that point to the emergence of a new prewar period.
By Gustav Kemper and Verena Nees, 7 July 2017
Earlier this week, WSWS reporters spoke with workers in Hennigsdorf, near Berlin, about the decision of the rail and locomotive manufacturer Bombardier Transportation to close down production in the town.