By Dietmar Henning, 26 November 2015
The VW group works council and the IG Metall union are working behind the scenes to pass the costs onto the workforce through job losses and wage cuts.
By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2015
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the German ruling elite is accelerating its shift to an aggressive foreign policy.
By our correspondents, 23 November 2015
Over 200 people participated in meetings organised by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the cities of Berlin, Frankfurt and Bochum.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015
There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.
By Johannes Stern, 20 November 2015
The German army is preparing a massive expansion of its operations in the West African country, beginning with a dangerous combat mission in the north.
By Marianne Arens, 20 November 2015
The leadership of the flight attendants’ union UFO used a large strike demonstration in Frankfurt to reassure Lufthansa management that it will support corporate restructuring.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 November 2015
The interior ministry is using an alleged planned terrorist attack in Hannover to provoke hysteria and press ahead with the strengthening of the state.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2015
Even traditionally “liberal” German media outlets are spouting the type of war and law-and-order rhetoric previously associated with American neoconservatives.
By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015
Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.
By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2015
German defence officials are making plans to send over 100 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, where they are to “accompany” and “advise” Afghan forces.
By Verena Nees, 16 November 2015
The Berlin city government is housing refugees under insufferable conditions in an abandoned airport built under the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2015
Oskar Lafontaine’s right-wing slogans arise directly from the nationalist, pro-capitalist and imperialist orientation of the Left Party.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 November 2015
The announcement that Germany will deport refugees to the first EU country they entered will have catastrophic humanitarian consequences and further intensify tensions within Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 13 November 2015
In a ceremony reminiscent of the Nazi era, soldiers in parade uniforms carrying lit torches marked the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Bundeswehr (German army).
By Peter Schwarz, 13 November 2015
News of the death of Helmut Schmidt on November 10 had hardly emerged before the German media went into overdrive eulogizing the former chancellor, who would have turned 97 on December 23.
“When will we finally be allowed to learn and to work?”
By Anna Rombach, Philipp Sonde and Marianne Arens, 12 November 2015
The refugee camp at Patrick Henry Village is expected to become one of the new rapid processing centres.
By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2015
The German military and political establishment are discussing plans for interventions in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2015
After days of public haggling, the German government agreed last Thursday on measures that effectively abolish the right to asylum for many refugees.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 November 2015
Germany’s leading political parties have agreed on legislation that will deny hundreds of thousands of refugees their basic right to asylum and family reunification.
New book from Mehring Verlag
By Christoph Dreier, 9 November 2015
The book Scholarship or War Propaganda, published by the Mehring Verlag publishing house in October, has hit a nerve in Germany.
By Dietmar Henning, 7 November 2015
The expanding scandal involves efforts by VW to manipulate emissions readings to cut costs on investing in clean engine technology.
By Johannes Stern, 6 November 2015
The government of Thuringia has announced it will deport thousands of refugees and establish a hub for mass deportations from throughout Germany.
By Dietmar Henning, 6 November 2015
The flight attendant union UFO announced a strike starting on Friday.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2015
The noisy debate over refugee policy conceals the fact that the differences between the CDU/CSU and the SPD are minimal.
By our correspondents, 3 November 2015
Workers are being left in the dark as company management and the trade union conspire behind the scenes on a radical restructuring of Volkswagen.
By Clara Weiss, 3 November 2015
The deal gives German natural gas producer Wintershall access to fields in Siberia and the Russian company Gazprom with more influence in the Western European gas market.
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 November 2015
Germany is still China’s most important European trade partner, accounting for 30 percent of China’s total trade with the European Union.
By Ute Reissner, 2 November 2015
The Berlin city administration’s abominable treatment of refugees was instrumental in creating the circumstances under which the gruesome murder of four-year-old Mohamed Januzi took place.
By Marianne Arens, 2 November 2015
The Ver.di trade union is cooperating with the Deutsche Bank management to lay off tens of thousands of workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2015
The security agencies’ attacks on the government and chancellor are directed at the democratic structures of society.
By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2015
Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany.
By Christoph Dreier and Franci Vier, 28 October 2015
Video shows guards at a Berlin reception centre overpowering refugees, wrestling them to the ground and punching and kicking them.
Mehring Verlag publishing house presents new book, Scholarship or War Propaganda? at Frankfurt Book Fair
By our correspondent, 27 October 2015
Scholarship or War Propaganda? deals with the political controversy at Humboldt University in Berlin over the critique of the positions of Professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler in support of the return of German militarism.
By Benjamin Harder, 26 October 2015
The Hamburg city administration is deliberately creating the conditions for violence and xenophobia.
By Ulrich Rippert, 26 October 2015
Trade unions are acting as a fifth column of the German state, scapegoating refugees and supporting the drive towards war.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 24 October 2015
The agreement is part of a pattern in which the union and the jobs councils work with companies to slash jobs and implement other cost-cutting measures.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 October 2015
The leaders and supporters of the right-wing Pegida movement feel invigorated by the campaign by leading politicians and the media against refugees.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 October 2015
Turkey will serve as a buffer zone against refugees from Syria and Iraq as the regime in Ankara becomes a principal border guard of the EU.
By Benjamin Hader, 22 October 2015
Of the 35,000 refugees who have entered the city this year, 4,200 are living in tents, the great majority of which are unheated.
By our correspondents, 21 October 2015
About a thousand people demonstrated Saturday against the Berlin city government’s failure to provide even the most rudimentary social assistance to refugees.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2015
All of the establishment political parties in Germany bear responsibility for the climate of hate that forms the background to the attack.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2015
According to German defence ministry plans, robust combat units and reconnaissance drones will be deployed in the embattled north of the country.
By Dietmar Henning, 19 October 2015
Despite official investigations, state authorities continue to conceal the true identities of those behind the Oktoberfest bombing.
By our correspondents, 17 October 2015
Refugees arriving in Berlin are forced to wait for assistance in the wind, rain and cold, with next to no government assistance.
Right-wing academic Jörg Baberowski agitates against refugees at Christian Social Union event in Germany
By Johannes Stern, 17 October 2015
Baberowski is now openly emerging as a leading right-wing political figure, intent on using his position at Humboldt University to build a far-right movement in Germany.
By Ulrich Rippert, 16 October 2015
Volkswagen is trying to use the crisis to organise a fundamental restructuring of the company, centred on a programme of extensive attacks on wages and social benefits.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 October 2015
Leading German political and media figures have called for an ever-greater crackdown on migrants.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 October 2015
The camps, euphemistically described as “transit zones,” would be set in areas along the borders of Germany with Austria and other EU countries.
By Benjamin Hader and Ute Reissner, 14 October 2015
The refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa have been left to their fate by the Hamburg Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Greens.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 14 October 2015
Professor Jörg Baberowski at Berlin’s Humboldt University no longer limits his right-wing propaganda to his own academic area; he is using his position to build a far-right movement.
By our reporters, 13 October 2015
WSWS reporters spoke to workers in front of the gates of the GM-Opel Rüsselsheim plant on Friday, and many declared their solidarity with their American brothers and sisters.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 13 October 2015
Although union members resoundingly rejected an arbitration proposal in June, the trade unions are now holding a new vote on virtually the same sell-out contract.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 October 2015
The integration of the trade unions into the company’s management played a significant role in the criminality at Volkswagen.
Organizers promote economic nationalism at Berlin demonstration against transatlantic trade agreement
By our reporters, 12 October 2015
While many demonstrators sought to express opposition to inequality and war, the demonstration's organizers advanced a right-wing agenda of economic nationalism.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 10 October 2015
It makes a big difference whether one combats the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from the standpoint of the international working class or from the standpoint of German national interests.
By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015
Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 October 2015
The German government is making a systematic effort to deter refugees from entering Europe,encourage xenophobia and seal off continent's borders.
By Gustav Kemper, 7 October 2015
IG Metall has has sought to suppress any serious resistance by staging a few harmless protest actions.
By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2015
The current edition of the NPD’s Deutsche Stimme (German Voice), defends the two Humboldt University professors against left-wing criticism.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 October 2015
On October 3, 1990 the German Democratic Republic was disbanded 41 years after its foundation and incorporated into the Federal Republic of Germany.
By Marianne Arens, 5 October 2015
The public service unions are trying to force through a deal virtually identical to the proposal recently voted down by an overwhelming majority of union members.
By Gustav Kemper, 3 October 2015
IG Metall, which is directly integrated into management, is fully aware of and tacitly accepts the practice.
By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2015
In a manner typical of the radical right, Baberowski attempts to incite the poorest layers of society against immigrants.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 October 2015
The draconian proposals would slash social assistance to migrants and expedite deportations.
By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2015
The seizure of the city of Kunduz by the Taliban has prompted calls for delaying the withdrawal of German forces from Afghanistan.
By Sonja Bach, 1 October 2015
The ruling lays the foundation for further worldwide interventions of the German military.
By Johannes Stern, 30 September 2015
President Joachim Gauck regards the refugee crisis, brought about by Western war policy, as an opportunity to continue Germany’s imperialist course.
By Markus Salzmann, 30 September 2015
The repulsive policy of the CSU stands in stark contrast to the wave of sympathy for refugees among the population.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 September 2015
The leadership of the Volkswagen group, the German government and the EU Commission knew about the manipulation of emissions readings in diesel vehicles for years.
By Dietmar Henning, 29 September 2015
The Ver.di leadership is haunted by the prospect of younger layers of workers turning away from the unions and escaping their control.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2015
At a refugee conference in Berlin, additional countries were declared to be safe countries of origin, and welfare benefits were sharply reduced for refugees.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2015
The systematic fraud at VW is an expression of the irrationality of the economic and social system in which the corporation operates.
By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2015
The new B 61-12 nuclear bombs to be stationed at the Büchel air base combined have 80 times the explosive power of the nuclear bomb exploded in Hiroshima.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 September 2015
The purpose of the new refugee quota system is to staunch the influx of migrants, expedite their deportation and seal off the EU’s external borders.
By Sven Heymanns, 23 September 2015
The enthusiasm with which the Left Party supports Syriza illustrates that the savage assault on the working class is not just a Greek issue, but rather an international social and political phenomenon.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 September 2015
Germany’s interior minister and the EU heads of government intend to adopt new measures against refugees this week.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015
The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.
By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2015
Whatever official criticisms are levelled against Hungary, all of the major European powers are responding in a similarly brutal fashion.
By Johannes Stern, 17 September 2015
Germany’s elite are using the refugee crisis in Europe to intensify their campaign for war.
By Marianne Arens, 17 September 2015
The PSG held a successful series of meetings on the lessons of the crisis in Greece in Leipzig and Bochum, with a final meeting in Frankfurt last Sunday.
By Ulrich Rippert, 16 September 2015
The German elite is afraid of the growth of left-wing sentiments in broad layers of the population, revealed by the vote in Britain for Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election.
By our reporters, 14 September 2015
Hundreds of thousands rallied over the weekend to support the democratic rights of refugees and to protest right-wing policies of governments throughout the world.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2015
The newspaper Junge Welt has called solidarity with the refugees a “marketing tool” of German business.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 September 2015
The decision of the labor court in the German state of Hessian to forbid Lufthansa pilots from striking is an attack on the right to strike directed against all workers.
By Alex Lantier, 10 September 2015
The European Union intends to spend much less than far poorer Middle Eastern countries on the refugee crisis caused by NATO wars in Libya and Syria.
By Dietmar Henning, 10 September 2015
The court action, which follows entirely the arguments of Lufthansa, is a deeply undemocratic decision that effectively abolishes the right to strike.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 September 2015
“They force me to wait over a month to register my claim to asylum. It is no way to treat a fellow human being.”
By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2015
The grand coalition has made it clear that the admission of 20,000 refugees from Hungary was a one-time exception.
By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015
WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.
By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015
The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.
By our correspondents, 7 September 2015
The balance sheet of the Syriza government, which is implementing unprecedented austerity measures, has been the subject of intense discussions during the campaign.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2015
In a sordid competition, almost all EU countries have tightened their asylum laws and repressive measures against refugees seeking escape from war-ravaged countries.
By Dietmar Henning, 4 September 2015
In spite of higher employment numbers, the German middle class shrank from 56 to 48 percent of the population between 1992 and 2013.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2015
The policy of the German government is characterised by a disregard for refugees fleeing for their lives from the war zones in the Middle East and Africa.
By our correspondent, 2 September 2015
By declaring conflicts to be the result of ethnic differences, the Left Party diverts attention from the intolerable conditions in refugee camps and encourages xenophobia.
By Wolfgang Weber, 1 September 2015
Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away.
By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2015
A day before German leaders shed crocodile tears over the ongoing refugee crisis, interior minister de Maizière proposed legislative measures to reduce immigration into the country.
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.
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.
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.