Germany

Attack on German football club allegedly motivated by greed

By Dietmar Henning, 27 April 2017

The attack in Dortmund was brutal and inhumane, but in the final analysis it is the product of a brutal and inhumane social system.

What lies behind the German elite’s celebration of Macron?

By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2017

All the major parties have hailed the results of the first round of the French presidential election.

Alternative for Germany moves further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 26 April 2017

Founded in 2013 as an anti-Euro party, the AfD has completed its transformation into a far-right, ethno-nationalist organisation.

Demonstrators in Cologne support IYSSE fight for freedom of expression at Humboldt University

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

The IYSSE and SEP distributed thousands of copies of "The Defence of Historical Truth and the Fight against the Alternative for Germany (AfD)" in Cologne during demonstrations against the AfD’s party conference.

Rail companies Bombardier and Siemens plan merger

By Gustav Kemper, 25 April 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, the two rail companies have been engaged in secret merger negotiations behind the backs of their employees.

Germany: Thousands participate in protests in defence of science

By our reporters, 24 April 2017

Protests took place in at least 20 German cities, with the biggest in Berlin, attended by 8,000 participants.

Red-red-green Berlin state Senate continues deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 24 April 2017

The new Berlin Senate is continuing the right-wing asylum and deportation policies of the previous coalition government.

Media and politicians agitate against Turks living in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 April 2017

While the extreme-right AfD has used the Turkish referendum vote to launch a “Turks out” campaign, some of the worst witch-hunting comes from the Left Party and the ostensibly left-liberal political milieu.

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

22 April 2017

Sabine Kunst, the president of Humboldt University, has portrayed professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler as the victims of a “defamation campaign” in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Growing opposition to Verdi trade union at Berlin airports

By Verena Nees, 21 April 2017

Many Verdi members are outraged over the new contract for ground staff at the airports in Berlin, which was rejected by the majority.

Burqa ban included in German union contract

By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2017

Five unions in the German state of Hesse have accepted a burqa ban in a public sector contract.

Berlin’s Humboldt University attempts to suppress student criticism of Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier and David North, 19 April 2017

The Humboldt University administration is attempting to bar criticism of the right-wing professor.

German military historian calls for army leadership to assume more political power

By Johannes Stern, 17 April 2017

The guest column by military historian Sönke Neitzel was a direct appeal to the German general staff to intervene once again into foreign and domestic affairs.

The German weekly Die Zeit, Jörg Baberowski and the Historians Dispute

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 April 2017

The article in Die Zeit reveals the political shift to the right in the media and the academic world. Political and historical views that evoked sharp denunciations three decades ago are now accepted and defended.

German football team coach bus hit by roadside bombs

By Dietmar Henning, 15 April 2017

Four days after the bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund (BVB) football club there is still no clear information regarding either the identity of the attacker(s) or motive.

Right-wing media mobilizes in support of Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2017

Right-wing media and fascistic organizations are rushing to defend Professor Jörg Baberowski after a court ruled that students at Bremen University are permitted to describe him as a “right-wing radical.”

Der Spiegel columnist adopts slogans of the far right

By Ulrich Rippert, 13 April 2017

Jakob Augstein, son of the founder of Der Spiegel and publisher of the weekly newspaper Freitag, has adopted positions associated with the far right: identity and homeland.

Despite G7 endorsement of Syria airstrike, US-Europe divisions grow

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 12 April 2017

Notwithstanding their vocal support for last week’s US missile strike on Syria, the European powers are increasingly coming into conflict with the US over trade and foreign policy.

Germany: Increased suicide rates among refugees

By Carola Kleinert, 12 April 2017

According to official figures, 433 refugees tried to commit suicide in the years 2014 to 2016, with 19 resulting deaths.

What is behind the German drive to war with Syria?

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2017

Following the Merkel government’s declaration of support for the US attack on Syria, the German media launched a campaign for the expansion of aggression against the country.

German trade unions at GM Opel hold secret talks with French auto boss

By Marianne Arens, 10 April 2017

The sale of Opel-Vauxhall to Peugeot Citroen PSA threatens at least 6,000 jobs and possibly several facilities.

German autoworkers support Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 10 April 2017

Workers at Opel’s Rüsselsheim factory expressed their support for an international struggle by autoworkers to defend jobs and basic rights.

Germany activates new cyber warfare unit

By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2017

Germany is seeking to take the lead internationally in the field of cyber warfare and thereby position itself “for the warfare of the future.”

Anti-communist foundation backs extreme right-wing professor Baberowski

By Peter Schwarz, 8 April 2017

The foundation for the study of Stalinist East Germany is seeking to justify forms of political and historical revisionism deemed unacceptable just a few years ago.

German politicians and media push for war with Damascus

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2017

In the aftermath of the alleged gas attack in Idlib, German politicians and media outlets have switched to war mode.

Oppose Humboldt University’s attack on freedom of speech and historical truth!

By the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 April 2017

Public criticism of professor Jörg Baberowski, who claims “Hitler was not vicious,” has been declared “unacceptable” by the presidium of Humboldt University.

Berlin student center halts German army advertising campaign

By Iason Stolpe, 6 April 2017

The administrative council of the Berlin Student Center decided at its last meeting that it would temporarily not accept any further advertisements for the German army.

German auto workers oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By K. Nesan, 5 April 2017

Many Daimler workers in Stuttgart agreed to sign the online petition demanding the release of their colleagues in India.

Germany clashes with US over NATO funding

By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2017

As in the periods prior to the first and second World Wars, the increasing global assertiveness of German imperialism is leading it into conflict with the United States.

Angry protests against the Berlin senate’s refugee policies

By Verena Nees, 3 April 2017

The governing coalition of the Social Democratic Party, Left Party and Greens in the Berlin Senate has only been in office three months but anger with its right-wing policies is already growing.

German air force provides target coordinates for massacre of civilians in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 1 April 2017

The massacre at Mansoura, with up to 420 killed, recalls the criminal history of Germany’s Luftwaffe.

Triggering of Brexit intensifies national tensions in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2017

Representatives of the EU and the continent’s major powers reacted with undisguised hostility to Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of the Article 50 process.

German foreign minister outlines European strategy

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2017

Sigmar Gabriel called for the rearmament of the continent both at home and abroad, a strengthening of “Fortress Europe” and the continuation of austerity policies.

What is behind the hysterical defence of Baberowski by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung?

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 March 2017

The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a long article on Monday aimed at defaming and silencing Baberowski’s critics with shameless lies and gross slanders.

Four hundred attend screening of Tsar to Lenin in Leipzig

By our correspondents, 30 March 2017

Mehring Verlag, the publishing arm of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, sponsored two well-attended meetings on the Russian Revolution and its contemporary significance as part of the Leipzig Book fair.

Jörg Baberowski: A right-wing extremist professor

By Johannes Stern, 29 March 2017

The Cologne District Court issued a ruling on 15 March which confirmed that students at Bremen University can identify Professor Jörg Baberowski as a right-wing extremist.

German daily reacts to Baberowski ruling with campaign of lies against the IYSSE

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 29 March 2017

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reacted to the Cologne District Court ruling with a denunciation of the Socialist Equality Party and its youth organisation, the IYSSE.

German state election: Setback for a red-red-green coalition

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 March 2017

The electorate in Saarland have made clear they do not expect any improvement in their situation from a government alliance of the SPD, Left Party and Greens.

Growing divisions, war threats loom over EU summit in Rome

By Alex Lantier, 27 March 2017

The European Union is responding to Britain’s exit by seeking to convert itself into an aggressive military bloc rivaling the United States.

Saarland state election serves as test run for the next German government

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 25 March 2017

The state election is being used to bolster the campaign for a federal government composed of the SPD and the Left Party.

German justice minister proposes internet censorship legislation

By Justus Leicht, 24 March 2017

Heiko Maas introduced draft legislation that would impose far reaching surveillance and censorship responsibilities on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatens Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2017

German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.

The return of the US-German conflict

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

President Trump’s refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during their photo-op in the Oval Office expressed the deepening tensions between the US and Germany.

Germany’s new president to accelerate militarist foreign policy agenda

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

In office, former president Gauck was a more strident advocate of German militarism than virtually any other federal president.

Frenetic greeting by delegates for the new SPD leader

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 March 2017

Last Sunday, Martin Schulz was elected chairman of the SPD with 100 percent of delegates' votes.

US blocks statement opposing protectionism in G20 communiqué

By Nick Beams, 20 March 2017

While attempts were made by G20 finance ministers to downplay the significance of the breach with the US, the decision to drop resistance to protectionism is a significant step towards a global trade war.

Growing criticism of the EU in Poland after the re-election of Tusk

By Clara Weiss, 20 March 2017

At the EU summit, Poland was the only country to vote against Donald Tusk's re-election as president of the European Council.

Poverty in Germany reaches new record high

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 March 2017

12.9 million people in Germany are living in poverty, according to a report presented at the beginning of March.

Merkel and Trump hold crisis talks in Washington

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2017

Tensions between Germany and the US have risen to their highest point since the end of the Second World War.

Verdi union shuts down Berlin airport workers strike

By Gustav Kemper and Marianne Arens, 17 March 2017

The union stopped a strike by ground crew at the Berlin airports, despite the employer’s refusal to submit a new offer.

German Left Party joins right-wing campaign against Turkey

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 March 2017

The German Left Party has heartily welcomed the undemocratic ban imposed on Turkish politicians by the Dutch government.

GM spin-off of Opel-Vauxhall poses need for international fight to defend auto jobs

By Jerry White, 9 March 2017

GM’s move is part of a restructuring of the global auto industry that threatens the jobs and livelihoods of tens of thousands of workers around the world.

Stop the German army’s preparations for civil war!

By Johannes Stern, 9 March 2017

The deployment of the army domestically is not aimed at preventing possible future terrorist attacks, but rather the suppression of the population.

“They want to cut thousands of jobs.”

PSA purchases Opel-Vauxhall from General Motors

By Marianne Arens, 8 March 2017

The works council and IG Metall union are covering up the danger facing the jobs and living standards of workers after the takeover of Opel and Vauxhall by the PSA Group.

German authorities ban appearances by Turkish politicians

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2017

More than a million Turkish citizens living in Germany are entitled to vote in the April 16 referendum in their home country.

Massive increase in attacks on refugees in Germany

By Franci Vier, 7 March 2017

There were 3,533 attacks on refugee shelters and individual refugees in 2016, indicating a massive increase in right-wing violence directed against this vulnerable layer.

PSA-GM-Opel deal: IG Metall trade union pledges collaboration with management

By Marianne Arens, 6 March 2017

The proposed restructuring of the auto industry threatens many thousands of jobs and several plants.

EU’s post-Brexit plans foresee growing conflict

By Alex Lantier, 4 March 2017

Facing an unprecedented social, economic, and geopolitical crisis, the EU has nothing to propose but militarism and social counterrevolution.

Germany’s pseudo-left Marx21 hails Martin Schulz as the “revival of Social Democracy”

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2017

The media hype surrounding Schulz is not part of a “reaction” against Trump, but an attempt to utilise the “reaction” against Trump for the ends of German imperialism.

Stop the shift to the right at Humboldt University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 2 March 2017

Professor Jörg Baberowski, who regularly advances xenophobic, authoritarian and militarist positions in public, is going to court and mobilising right-wing students to suppress any criticism of his views

67th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1

Filmmaking in “apocalyptic” times

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 March 2017

There was very little evidence in Berlin this year of filmmakers and the festival as a whole taking up burning social and political issues.

German newspaper publishes fraudulent refugee “sex-mob” report

By Marianne Arens, 1 March 2017

The unmasking of the lies spread by the Bild report throws further light on the alleged mass sexual harassment of women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015 and 2016.

German ICFI section adopts new name

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 28 February 2017

On February 18-19, 2017, the German section of the ICFI held a congress that unanimously resolved to change the party’s name from Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Party for Social Equality) to Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party).

German army announces major expansion as tanks roll into Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2017

Seventy-five years after the end of WWII, the German ruling class is again preparing to commit terrible crimes in pursuit of its global geostrategic and economic interests.

What is behind the German media's hype over the SPD's Martin Schulz?

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 February 2017

With a mixture of moralizing phrases and EU demagogy, Schulz seeks to mobilize the SPD and trade union apparatuses to carry out the interests of German imperialism.

With mass job cuts looming, German union pits Bombardier workers against one another

By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2017

The Canadian aircraft and train manufacturer Bombardier is planning massive job cuts, including the possible closure of factories.

Amid ongoing conflicts, Pence extends olive branch to EU

By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2017

European politicians and media reacted favorably to US Vice President Mike Pence’s statements in Europe as an opportunity to mend ties with the Trump administration.

Munich Security Conference signals a new arms race

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 February 2017

The German government is using the widespread opposition to the nationalist and racist policies of the Trump administration to advance its plans for rearmament.

German police warn refugees not to attend carnival in Cologne

By Dietmar Henning, 21 February 2017

A letter from a police department in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) says that “from a police point of view” refugees are undesired at this week’s carnival celebrations.

US-European tensions remain despite reassurances on NATO

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2017

Speeches in Munich swearing US fealty to NATO and taking a hard line on Russia failed to quell fears that Trump’s “America First” policy will be pursued at Europe’s expense.

Student representative body denounces right-wing positions of professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 20 February 2017

The Assembly of Student Representative Councils at Humboldt University has taken a stand against militarism and anti-immigrant chauvinism, and in support of freedom of opinion.

German defence minister announces massive increase in military budget

By Johannes Stern, 18 February 2017

What was once unthinkable is now official policy. The German government is determined to double the military budget, which currently stands at approximately €37 billion.

Lufthansa-union agreement on arbitration ruling: an attack on pilots in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 18 February 2017

Lufthansa and the pilots union have accepted an arbitration ruling on compensation for 5,400 pilots, and the airline linked the agreement with a new declaration of war on workers.

Munich Security Conference chairman advocates European rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2017

Wolfgang Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, proposed defending the “Western order of values” by means of a massive increase in military spending.

IYSSE meeting defends Bremen University Student Union against attacks by Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 16 February 2017

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) organised a meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University to defend the freedom of expression of the Bremen Asta (Student Union).

German Chancellor Merkel promotes harsher deportation policies

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 February 2017

Last Thursday, the chancellor met with the minister presidents of Germany’s states to implement a new plan for deporting refugees.

Social Democrat Steinmeier is elected president of Germany

By Johannes Stern, 14 February 2017

The presidency is being transformed once again into a centre of political power to further the return of German militarism.

Right-wing German professor Jörg Baberowski threatens students who criticize him

By our correspondents, 13 February 2017

The professor of history at Humboldt University is responding to mounting opposition to his right-wing political positions by launching scurrilous attacks on his critics and inciting students against them.

Berlin students defend University of Bremen student parliament against right-wing Professor Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 11 February 2017

Representatives of the student bodies at two leading universities in Germany have issued statements denouncing the attempt by Baberowski to use the courts to muzzle students at the University of Bremen.

Germany and Poland seek rapprochement

By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Warsaw saw efforts on both sides to improve bilateral relations after they had deteriorated sharply under the Polish PiS government.

Germany deploys troops to Lithuania in NATO build-up against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2017

The German-led battle group is the first German battalion in Eastern Europe since the Wehrmacht’s war of annihilation against the Soviet Union during the Second World War.

German newsweekly Der Spiegel calls for “resistance” to Trump

By Johannes Stern, 7 February 2017

The demands of German politicians, business leaders and the media for Berlin to oppose the US are becoming more aggressive.

Police carry out mass anti-Muslim raids in Hesse, Germany

By Marianne Arens, 7 February 2017

In a major police raid, 1,100 officers searched more than 50 locations in the Rhein-Main region.

Jörg Baberowski sues the student body of the University of Bremen

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 7 February 2017

The right-wing professor of Eastern European history at Berlin’s Humboldt University is attempting to muzzle critics of his reactionary positions.

Germany: Growing support for defense of Bremen University students against right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 6 February 2017

On February 2, about 100 students at the University of Bremen attended a meeting in support of the General Student Committee, which is the target of legal action by Baberowski.

EU summit marks escalation of conflict between Europe and US

By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017

At the EU summit in Malta, several European heads of state, including the German chancellor and the French president, sharply criticized the policies of the Trump administration.

German Chancellor Merkel meets Erdogan ahead of EU summit in Malta

By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017

The meeting took place under conditions of an extremely tense foreign policy climate in the wake of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

German Green Party leader demands Europe “grow up in terms of power politics”

By Peter Schwarz, 3 February 2017

Responding to the nationalist policy of US President Donald Trump, the former Green foreign minister, Joschka Fischer has called for a massive rearmament of Germany and Europe.

Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump at Ruhr University in Bochum

By our reporters, 3 February 2017

The meeting “Where is America going? The Trump election and the global struggle against militarism and war” was an important step in the building of the IYSSE in Germany.

Trump’s nationalist threats and the response of the European ruling class

By Alex Lantier, 2 February 2017

In response to Trump’s protectionist threats against Europe and criticisms of the euro, Germany and its closest allies are preparing a major military and police buildup.

Speech by far-right Milo Yiannopoulos canceled at UC Berkeley amid protests

By our reporters, 2 February 2017

As thousands protested the editor of Breitbart News, a small section of anarchists played into the police’s hands by physically assaulting some Trump supporters.

Left Party leader campaigns for SPD-Left-Green coalition in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 February 2017

While millions of people are alarmed by the reactionary policies of the new American government, the Left Party is seeking to transform growing opposition into support for a new round of German great power politics.

German Social Democrats prepare for conflict with the US

By Peter Schwarz, 1 February 2017

The ruling circles in Germany consider the nationalist policy of the new US president not only a danger, but also an opportunity to realize their own great power ambitions.

Germany, France criticize Trump’s immigration ban

By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2017

Official criticisms of Trump aim to shield the European Union from rising anger at the persecution of migrants, and assert European imperialist interests against Washington.

SPD leader Gabriel succeeds Steinmeier as German foreign minister

By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2017

Sigmar Gabriel will pursue the turn to an aggressive foreign policy even more energetically than his predecessor.

Germany carries out second expulsion of Afghan refugees

By Anna Rombach, 30 January 2017

Twenty-six Afghan refugees were deported last Monday from Rhein-Main airport to Kabul in a joint operation by federal and state governments.

Germany steps up military intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 28 January 2017

The upper limit for the number of German soldiers deployed as part the UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, is to be increased by 350 to more than 1,000.

Germany: What does arbitration mean for the Hesse bus drivers strike?

By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2017

The bus drivers in Hesse carried out their strike with great determination because they viewed it as a principled struggle against intolerable living conditions.

European neo-fascists gather in Koblenz, Germany to hail Trump inauguration

By Alex Lantier, 27 January 2017

The neo-fascists applauded Trump’s inauguration for creating a new political order in which they would turn farther to the right and play a more prominent role.

The significance of the IYSSE’s electoral success at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2017

At the student parliament elections, the IYSSE received more votes than the student groups of the Christian Democratic Union, the Greens and the Left Party.