Germany

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.

German and French leaders meet in Berlin summit on refugee crisis

By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2015

Amidst the greatest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, the French and German governments are planning a drastic clampdown on immigrants.

German Left Party leader backs sellout by Ver.di trade union

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 August 2015

Following the nursery workers' rejection of the arbitration decision to end their strike, Ver.di is receiving help from the Left Party to restore control over the situation.

German parliamentary committee demands increase in military budget

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015

The German establishment’s war policies are being developed in close collaboration with the Left Party and the trade unions.

War-mongering against Russia by the German parliament’s official newspaper

By Christoph Dreier, 21 August 2015

The official newspaper of Germany’s parliament has combined foul anti-Russian propaganda with an unbelievable falsification of history in regard to the Second World War.

German “democrat” Heribert Prantl lauds vote on austerity for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2015

Heribert Prantl of the Süddeutsche Zeitung praised the Bundestag debate on the Greek austerity measures as “highly refreshing for parliamentary democracy.”

German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015

One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.

German parliament votes by a large majority for Greek austerity plan

By Peter Schwarz, 20 August 2015

The surrender by the Syriza government in Greece has clearly strengthened the Merkel government in Germany and the drive for austerity policies throughout Europe.

European parliaments move to back austerity measures for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 19 August 2015

There is no serious opposition in a single European parliament to the brutal cuts being imposed on Greece, which mean untold misery for millions of workers and youth.

Corruption and bankruptcy at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport

By Gustav Kemper, 17 August 2015

Public prosecutors are investigating construction company Imtech on suspicion of embezzlement, bribery, price-fixing and false accounting.

Germany: No confidence vote against Ver.di union in day care dispute

By Marianne Arens, 17 August 2015

The rejection of the arbitration decision in the day care strike amounts to a rebellion by workers against the Ver.di union leadership.

German companies profit from the new “refugee industry”

By Sven Heymann, 14 August 2015

Thousands of people who seek refuge in Germany from poverty, war and dictatorship find catastrophic conditions upon their arrival.

German government supports ThyssenKrupp in fight to secure submarine contract in Australia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 August 2015

The German armaments corporation ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is competing for an Australian contract for submarines worth billions of euros.

German news anchor’s anti-racist comments conceal the real issues

By Christoph Dreier, 13 August 2015

Anja Reschke’s commentary deflects attention away from those genuinely responsible—the government, mainstream politicians and the media itself.

Two types of visitors: Germany applies different standards to dictators and their victims

By Ute Reissner, 13 August 2015

Hundreds of refugees, many from the Middle East, have been camped out in searing heat in front of the main refugee centre in Berlin.

Who is the new German Attorney General Peter Frank?

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 August 2015

The new attorney general will oversee the attack on democratic rights, an expansion of the security apparatus and the creation of the framework of a police state in Germany.

Germany: Layoffs at gourmet chain Karstadt/Perfetto

By Jan Peters and Marianne Arens, 12 August 2015

German department store group Karstadt is closing more branches and sacking hundreds of staff.

German economy minister celebrates the expansion of the Suez Canal

By Johannes Stern, 11 August 2015

The German elites are enamored with Egypt's dictatorship, which drowned the Egyptian revolution in blood and is creating attractive conditions for international finance capital.

Volkswagen and IG Metall union plan massive job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 10 August 2015

The world’s second largest automaker is preparing to destroy the jobs and living standards of thousands of workers in Germany and internationally.

On the death of German multi-billionairess Johanna Quandt

By Verena Nees, 10 August 2015

The billions which the BMW heiress left to her children came largely from looted Jewish assets and the exploitation of forced labor and concentration camp prisoners under the Nazis.

Background to the government attack on Netzpolitik.org

German court in 1992 upheld 1931 treason conviction of Carl von Ossietzky

By Andreas Kunstmann, 8 August 2015

The BGH judges in 1992 made the decisive factor the legal opinion of judges who later became supporters of the Nazi state.

The sacking of the German attorney general and the assault on press freedom

By Peter Schwarz, 7 August 2015

The events that led to the dismissal of the German Attorney General Harald Range show the true extent of the preparations to erect an authoritarian state.

German army peddles propaganda at heavy metal concert

By Gustav Kemper, 6 August 2015

In order to boost its flagging recruitment campaign, the German army has intensified its attempt to reach the “heart of society.”

Germany takes over military training operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 August 2015

The German defense minister’s recent visit to Africa is part of the country’s scramble for the continent’s resources.

Calls for deployment of German army to deal with refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 4 August 2015

A leading Social Democrat has called for the army to operate German refugee reception centres.

German-US tensions intensify following Turkish attack on Kurdish minority

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 August 2015

The latest edition of Die Zeit warns that Obama’s policy could lead to a direct military confrontation between the US and Syria, in turn risking military conflict with Russia and Iran.

German federal prosecutor investigates blog for treason

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2015

If a similar procedure were implemented in the US it would mean that any journalist who wrote on the material exposed by Edward Snowden would be liable for prosecution.

German pilots’ union capitulates to Lufthansa

By Dietmar Henning, 31 July 2015

The cockpit union has sold out the pilots, giving the company even more than it was demanding, including raising the retirement age and cutting costs.

German union manipulates balloting in child care worker strike

By Marianne Arens, 31 July 2015

Ver.di is making a desperate attempt to prevent the rejection of a miserable contract by postponing the membership vote until the middle of vacation season.

Television programme shows how German companies benefit from privatisation in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The “Trust Fund” is the centrepiece of the EU’s new austerity programme and is aimed at plundering the Greek economy.

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting in Berlin on Syriza and the crisis in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The meeting put forward the position that the defence of the working class in Greece requires a united struggle by the entire European working class against austerity.

“We need a revolution”

Workers in Berlin speak out on the crisis in Greece

By our reporters, 29 July 2015

In discussions with German workers and youth, PSG supporters found widespread solidarity with the Greek population and opposition to the policies of the German government.

German economics minister rushes to exploit business opportunities in Iran

By Johannes Stern, 27 July 2015

Berlin’s scramble to dominate exploitation of the Iranian economy is another move in German imperialism’s return to the world stage.

Siemens boss Joe Kaeser calls for strong “leadership” and glorifies a dictator

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 July 2015

The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.

Widespread solidarity in Berlin with Greek workers

By Marianne Arens and Désirée Müller, 25 July 2015

Workers repeatedly declared their opposition to the policies of the German government and compared them to actions taken during the darkest chapters of German history.

Growing income inequality in Germany

By Denis Krasnin, 24 July 2015

A new report shows that 40 percent of the population has experienced a four percent drop in its income since 2000.

The German Left Party defends Syriza’s betrayal

By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2015

The actions of Syriza in Greece have laid bare the thoroughly anti-working-class and pro-imperialist character of its political partners—in particular Podemos in Spain and the Left Party in Germany.

German politicians agitate against immigrants

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 23 July 2015

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for further restrictions on refugees and demanded that already meager benefits be cut.

The return of the “German question”

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2015

The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.

After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece

French ruling elite debates how to deal with Germany

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015

While the French bourgeoisie supports harsh attacks on Greek workers, it is shocked by Berlin’s threat to unilaterally expel Greece from the euro zone.

Frankfurt university winds down research on National Socialism

By Marianne Arens, 21 July 2015

The attacks against National Socialism research are linked to the revival of German militarism and the aggressive foreign policy of the German government.

German parliament supports attacks on Greek workers

By Peter Schwarz, 18 July 2015

By a large majority, the German parliament has backed austerity measures that mean the impoverishment of the Greek people and the plundering of the country’s resources.

Racism and arrogance: Anti-Greek agitation in the German media

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2015

The German media’s anti-Greek agitation brings to mind the darkest period of German history.

Auschwitz bookkeeper Gröning sentenced to four years in prison

By Sybille Fuchs, 18 July 2015

For decades, the German judicial system showed little interest in prosecuting those who participated in the murder machinery of the Nazis.

German auto workers condemn austerity deal imposed on Greece

By our correspondents, 17 July 2015

Workers at GM-Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant denounced the brutal austerity measures imposed on Greece last weekend by the German government.

German academics, generals promote military build-up and war

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2015

A high-profile panel discussion on “hybrid war” in Berlin last week shed light on the debates currently taking place within ruling circles in Germany.

Syrian refugees speak about their protest in Dortmund, Germany

By our correspondents, 16 July 2015

WSWS reporters spoke to refugees from Syria who have been protesting for two months to secure the right to asylum denied by the German government.

Documentary examines unanswered questions about the National Socialist Underground

By Dietmar Henning, 15 July 2015

German broadcaster 3sat recently aired a film reviewing a spate of suspicious deaths connected to the neo-Nazi NSU organization.

Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 July 2015

The PSG (Socialist Equality Party) in Germany calls on workers throughout Europe to declare their solidarity with the workers in Greece and resist the German government and EU.

German SPD’s new program: Racism and law and order

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 July 2015

The new SPD strategy paper stresses that concerns about “foreign infiltration” must be taken seriously and calls for “zero tolerance for crime and violence.”

Germany: Outokumpu steel plant closes in Bochum

By Philipp Frisch, 10 July 2015

The shutting of the plant followed a well-known script, with the unions seeking to keep employees quiet with vague promises of job security, while the plant was closed in installments.

German Ver.di trade union sells out postal workers strike

By Gustav Kemper, 9 July 2015

After a four-week strike and a high degree of militancy by German postal workers, the Verdi trade union has accepted a contract that is directly opposed to workers’ interests.

Students at Berlin’s Free University pass motion criticising right-wing Humboldt University professors

By our correspondents, 8 July 2015

The unanimous adoption of the resolution by students at a second renowned Berlin university is a blow against historical revisionists and the entire German ruling elite.

German government further restricts right to asylum

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 7 July 2015

The German parliament passed a law July 2 that further criminalizes refugees.

The Nazi past of Germany’s post-war political elite

By Verena Nees, 7 July 2015

The Brown Book continues to be a crucial source for the exposure of Nazism in German political and military circles.

Ver.di ends strike at Berlin’s Charité hospital

By Markus Salzmann, 6 July 2015

The Ver.di trade union is fraudulently celebrating the agreement at the Charité as a great breakthrough.

German train drivers’ union agrees to strike ban effective until 2020

By Dietmar Henning, 4 July 2015

Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract.

Trial of Auschwitz guard continues in Germany

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 2 July 2015

The indictment of former SS member Oskar Gröning charges him with acting as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people.

Germany: IG Metall union suppresses opposition at ThyssenKrupp

By Dietmar Henning, 1 July 2015

IG Metall at Thyssen Krupp is trying to stifle all opposition and erect a sophisticated system aimed at policing workers at the factory.

German army expands its tank battalions targeting Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 June 2015

German politicians and media leave no doubt about the target of the army’s new IFV and combat tanks.

German army targets youth with war propaganda

By Franzi Vier, 29 June 2015

In images from armed forces day, children clamber on tanks, sit in military helicopters and hold anti-tank weapons in their hand.

Ver.di seeks to impose sellout of German childcare workers strike

By Marianne Arens, 27 June 2015

Many workers who had placed great hopes in the strike are incensed over Ver.di’s behaviour.

German child care strike delegates rebuff union president

By Marianne Arens, 26 June 2015

The arbitration proposal brought by the ver.di leadership to end the month-long child care workers strike would amount to a freeze in real wages for 240,000 workers.

Dortmund: Steelworkers protest against plant closure

By Philipp Frisch, 26 June 2015

Workers denounced management and demanded strike action at a workplace meeting at the Hoesch sheet steel works (HSP) earlier this month.

Striking Berlin hospital workers denounce austerity, staffing cuts

By our correspondents, 25 June 2015

Several hundred nurses and care workers gathered at the Ministry of Health on the second day of the strike at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, Europe’s largest health facility.

5,000 protest in Berlin against EU refugee policy

By Stefan Steinberg, 24 June 2015

Protesters demonstrating against the EU’s brutal immigration policy were attacked in the German press for engaging in “political pornography.”

The role of Ver.di and the Left Party in the Berlin health workers strike

By Markus Salzmann and Ulrich Rippert, 24 June 2015

The precondition for a successful struggle at Berlin’s Charité is a break with Ver.di and its workplace organization.

Germany arrests Al Jazeera journalist on warrant issued by Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2015

The arrest of Ahmed Mansour is a signal from Berlin that it views repressive measures by military dictatorships as politically legitimate.

Nurses strike at Berlin Charité clinic in Germany

By Ute Reissner, 22 June 2015

Nurses and other caregivers at the largest university hospital in Europe are walking out against understaffing and the sacrifice of patient care for profit.

German Left Party on course to join the government

By Christoph Dreier, 20 June 2015

The naming of Wagenknecht and Bartsch to the leadership of the Left Party fraction in parliament is another step towards participation in a federal coalition government.

Why the German media refuses to report Humboldt University students’ defense of Münkler-Watch

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2015

Not a single article has appeared in the German press noting the IYSSE resolution passed June 11 by the student parliament of Humboldt University.

German secret service involved in NSU far-right terrorist attacks

By Dietmar Henning, 18 June 2015

Evidence linking the state with murders committed by far-right terrorists continues to mount.

German trade union prepares sellout of childcare workers’ strike

By our correspondents, 16 June 2015

The nationwide strike by workers in social and childcare services was halted at the end of May and was sent to arbitration last Wednesday.

IYSSE delegate addresses Humboldt University student parliament

“Failure to defend freedom of expression would have dire consequences”

By Sven Wurm, 13 June 2015

Presented here is the speech by Sven Wurm of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the June 11 meeting of the student parliament.

Students in Frankfurt, Germany support fight against war propaganda

By our correspondents, 13 June 2015

The conflict over freedom of expression at Humboldt University in Berlin is being followed with great interest at other universities.

German army receives €8 billion for new missile system and warship

By Johannes Stern, 12 June 2015

The German army is to be equipped with the MEADS tactical air defense system and the multi-role combat ship 180 by the year 2025.

Students at Humboldt University pass resolution defending free speech

By our correspondents, 12 June 2015

The student parliament at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany adopted a resolution yesterday denouncing attacks against students' fundamental right to criticize professors.

Deutsche Post workers continue strike

By Gustav Kemper, 12 June 2015

Postal workers in Germany have been on strike for more than 30 days to oppose a 20 percent pay cut.

Germany: The reactionary politics of IG Metall and the works council at Siemens

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 10 June 2015

IG Metall has responded to the announcement of layoffs at Siemens by calling for increasing the company’s competitiveness at the expense of the workforce.

Student groups defend freedom of expression at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Christoph Dreier, 10 June 2015

The student representatives of three departments at Humboldt University in Berlin published a joint statement defending students against attacks by the media.

German ver.di trade union calls off childcare workers strike

By Marianne Arens, 9 June 2015

Many childcare workers are furious over the sellout of the strike.

Fraud charges and shareholder revolt at Deutsche Bank

By Verena Nees, 8 June 2015

The furore surrounding Deutsche Bank has profound causes rooted in economic and political developments since the 2008 financial crisis.

German Left Party on course for war and joining a government

By Johannes Stern, 6 June 2015

The Left Party’s trajectory recalls that of the Green Party in 1998, save that it has already unveiled its reactionary character before entering into government at the federal level.

Al-Sisi in Berlin: Red carpet for the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2015

No other event could have better exposed the “human rights” pretenses of the German ruling class than the official reception of Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Berlin.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi visits Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 3 June 2015

Al-Sisi’s visit is a warning to the working class: a ruling class eager to work closely with brutal military dictatorships is also prepared to adopt their methods at home.

New details on connections between German intelligence and neo-Nazis

By Dietmar Henning, 1 June 2015

Mounting evidence indicates that the German intelligence agency aimed to foster right-wing political extremism.

Humboldt University professor Herfried Münkler calls for German leadership in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2015

Münkler’s proposals correspond to the plans of the German ruling elite to again establish the country as a political and military “peacekeeping force” in Europe and in the world.

Münkler receives support from the far right in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2015

The weekly paper Junge Freiheit, mouthpiece of the New Right, has declared its support for the campaign against critical students at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

The contract unity law and the return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 May 2015

As was the case at the beginning of World War I a century ago, the trade unions are cementing a ceasefire with the government and suppressing strikes in support of militarism.

Works council elections at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp: What way forward?

By Dietmar Henning, 28 May 2015

The problems confronting ThyssenKrupp workers in Duisburg cannot be resolved on the basis of a trade unionist strategy.

NSA affair creates tensions between Berlin and Washington

By Gustav Kemper, 27 May 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper threatened to scrap cooperation with the German secret services because of leaks to the media.

Herfried Münkler’s interview in Die Zeit: State-imposed conformism like 1933

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2015

In an interview titled “Resentments as in 1933,” political science professor Herfried Münkler has accused anti-militarist students of Nazism and anti-Semitism.

German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2015

The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry.

“Münkler-Watch” and the reproach of anonymity: A red herring

By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2015

A student blog criticizing the lectures of Herfried Münkler at Humboldt University has been attacked for its anonymity in an effort to distract attention from the real issues at stake.

German police officer accused of torturing refugees

By Verena Nees, 21 May 2015

A federal police officer in Hannover has been accused of assaulting and dragging a shackled detainee and forcing another to eat rancid pork while he was held down on the floor.

German train drivers launch new strikes

By Dietmar Henning, 21 May 2015

After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines.

German postal service threatens to lay off strikers while deploying strike-breakers

By Gustav Kemper, 20 May 2015

Despite major attacks on postal workers, their union has restricted the strike to regional centres and only called on a small number of employees to participate.