Germany

German media demand a NATO war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2014

Leading German journalists intensified their propaganda after Tuesday’s announcement that NATO was stepping up its intervention in Eastern Europe.

German right-wing press calls for demolition of Soviet memorial

By Christoph Dreier, 18 April 2014

On Monday, the right-wing Bild newspaper demanded the demolition of the Soviet memorial in Berlin, which honours those who liberated the city.

Munich Greens demand cancellation of Russian orchestra conductor’s contract

By Verena Nees, 17 April 2014

The crisis in Ukraine has led to sharp conflicts over the proposed conductor of the Munich Philharmonic orchestra.

German government seeks to prevent parliamentary committee from questioning Edward Snowden

By Sven Heymanns, 16 April 2014

The coalition government parties are dead set against Snowden being allowed to endanger German foreign policy relations with the US.

German television report indicates Ukrainian opposition responsible for lethal shootings

By Johannes Stern, 14 April 2014

Seven weeks after the right-wing coup in Ukraine, evidence is mounting that the Western-backed opposition was responsible for the lethal shootings in Independence Square.

German Left Party delegates vote for military deployment

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 April 2014

The Left Party’s recent parliamentary support for German overseas military operations reveals its true colours as an imperialist party of the establishment.

German chancellor visits Greece to prop up right-wing regime

By Stefan Steinberg, 12 April 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Athens Friday to bolster the prospects of the right-wing government of Antonis Samaras in the forthcoming European elections.

German government planning major military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2014

The German government is using the mounting conflict between NATO and Russia to massively rearm the army.

German Left Party MPs vote for military deployments

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 April 2014

The April 9 vote by Left Party members for military intervention marks a further shift to the right by the party.

German secret service paid undercover agent “Hitler’s birthday” premium

By Sven Heymanns, 10 April 2014

In recent weeks, there have been a series of revelations about the German secret service’s systematic build-up of neo-Nazi elements in the 1990s.

European automakers outsource production to eastern Europe and China

By Denis Krassnin and Dietmar Henning, 9 April 2014

European automakers are using outsourcing of production to cut jobs and drive down wages and working conditions in western Europe.

US conducting drone war from Germany

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 April 2014

New research proves that the US Ramstein military base in Germany plays a central role in Washington’s global drone war.

More artworks discovered in Salzburg: Second Act in the Gurlitt case

By Verena Nees, 7 April 2014

The affair surrounding Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, has taken a new turn with the discovery of 238 more artworks hidden in Gurlitt’s Salzburg house.

German pilots conduct largest strike in Lufthansa history

By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2014

The walkout followed a virtually unanimous vote to strike in defence of pension entitlements.

The crisis in Ukraine and the sea change in German foreign policy

By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2014

German foreign policy has shifted toward confrontation with Russia. Berlin is pursuing a course of aggressive imperialist expansion along the same lines as in 1914 and 1941.

Germany: Warmongering against Russia by Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe

By Johannes Stern, 3 April 2014

Together with Stefan Kornelius of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Joffe is one of the journalists who have agitated most aggressively against Russia during the Ukraine crisis.

Joschka Fischer advocates aggressive foreign policy against Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 2 April 2014

Former Green Party foreign minister Joschka Fischer spoke out vehemently in the Süddeutsche Zeitung in favour of the major European powers pursuing an imperialist foreign policy.

German magazine Die Zeit calls for reintroduction of compulsory military service

By Christoph Dreier, 29 March 2014

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, the weekly magazine Die Zeit and high-ranking generals are calling for the return of compulsory military service.

German foreign minister Steinmeier woos Ukrainian oligarchs

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2014

German foreign minister Steinmeier spent the weekend courting some of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs.

Germany: 24-hour warning strikes in public sector

By our reporters, 24 March 2014

A 24-hour strike on Wednesday saw public sector workers down tools throughout large parts of the state of Hesse.

German Green Party campaigns for war

By Christoph Dreier, 22 March 2014

The German government’s confrontational approach towards Russia is supported by all the parties in the federal parliament but none do so as aggressively and hysterically as the Greens.

German Left Party promotes government propaganda against Russia

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 March 2014

In a statement on the situation in Ukraine, the Left Party’s executive has condemned “threats of military action by the Russian Federation.”

German media campaigns for economic sanctions against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2014

Following the referendum in Crimea, leading German media outlets are intensifying their warmongering while calling for tough sanctions against Russia.

New evidence in murder of German police officer by far-right

By Dietmar Henning, 17 March 2014

Recent testimony regarding the murder of a German police officer raises further questions about ties between the police and the far-right.

Socialist Equality Party (Germany) officially on ballot for European election

By our reporter, 17 March 2014

The Federal Electoral Committee has approved the participation of the Socialist Equality Party in the European election set for May 25.

Ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and international law

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2014

Gerhard Schröder described Putin’s actions in Ukraine as a violation of international law, but the former German chancellor also accepted that he had been in breach of international law in Yugoslavia.

Mehring Books and SEP (Germany) hold two meetings at Leipzig Book Fair

13 March 2014

On March 15, Mehring Books will showcase Leon Trotsky’s work, Europe at War. Mehring Books and the German SEP are also sponsoring a second meeting on the relevance of Trotsky’s work to the danger of war and the crisis in Ukraine.

What is behind the warmongering of the German media?

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2014

Two weeks after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was chased out of office by armed gangs of fascists, the German media is virtually unanimous in support of the confrontational course adopted by Berlin and Washington towards Russia.

War propaganda in the German media

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 March 2014

On the issue of the conflict in Ukraine leading German newspapers have replaced any serious attempt to convince their readers with a barrage of propaganda.

German trade union advises workers to invest redundancy money with Thyssen Krupp

By Dietmar Henning, 12 March 2014

IG Metall and the works council at Thyssen Krupp have suggested unemployed rail manufacturing workers hand their redundancy payments to the company to obtain another job.

Germany: The Süddeutsche Zeitung and the poison of militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 March 2014

The escalation of the crisis in Ukraine is being used to fire a media propaganda campaign against widespread anti-war attitudes in Germany.

Germany: Workers protest Johnson Controls closure in Bochum

By Dietmar Henning, 8 March 2014

Johnson Controls plans to eliminate 220 of 660 jobs in Bochum when the neighbouring GM/Opel plant closes at the end of the year.

Marx 21’s Christine Buchholz visits German troops in Africa

By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2014

Christine Buchholz’s trip to Africa underscores how the Left Party and the pseudo-left groups within it play a central role in the revival of German militarism.

Over 4,000 signatures support German Socialist Equality Party for European elections

By our correspondents, 8 March 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (PSG) handed in over 4,000 signatures to the federal election office supporting its candidature in the European election. The PSG is the only party opposing the European Union from the standpoint of the working class.

German media campaigns for war in Ukraine

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 March 2014

So-called liberal German media outlets have responded to the intensification of the crisis in Ukraine with a vehement campaign for war.

Former German President Wulff acquitted on bribery charge

By Justus Leicht, 6 March 2014

Two years after his resignation as president, Christian Wulff has been acquitted by the Hannover Regional Court of receiving bribes.

Eurozone social inequality most extreme in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 5 March 2014

Statistics on income and wealth distribution in Germany show the social divide between rich and poor is growing.

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5

Age of Cannibals and Amma and Appa: Two sides of globalisation

By Berndt Reinhardt, 5 March 2014

German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone.

Germany’s Angela Merkel feted by the UK to little effect

By Julie Hyland, 4 March 2014

The German chancellor allotted just six hours to her visit, stopping off on the way back to Berlin from Israel, where she had spent two days with her entire cabinet.

NSA listens in on the German chancellor’s contacts

By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014

After President Obama’s promise not to listen in on Angela Merkel’s phone calls, the NSA has stepped up its operations against everybody she speaks to.

Germany: Union plays key role in job losses at ThyssenKrupp

By Elizabeth Zimmermann and Dietmar Henning, 1 March 2014

The ThyssenKrupp Group plans to cuts wages and up to 3,300 jobs, half of them in Germany.

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4

Between faith and the striving for truth: German films in competition at the Berlinale

By Bernd Reinhardt, 28 February 2014

German films were well represented at this year’s Berlin film festival, with no less than four productions screened in the festival competition programme alone.

Massive education cuts in German state of Saxony

By Sven Heymann, 26 February 2014

Universities in the eastern German state of Saxony are threatened with massive cuts, including the closure of entire departments.

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

We Come as Friends and Run Boy Run: Two more films that take a serious approach

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 February 2014

Hubert Sauper’s documentary examines the record of Western intervention in Africa, while Pepe Danquart’s fiction film recounts the experience of a fatherless Jewish boy in wartime Poland.

Ford Cologne: Management and IG Metall union blackmail workers

By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2014

After the closure of Ford plants in Genk, Southampton and Dagenham, now the plant in Cologne is under threat.

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2

A serious approach to history: Non-Fiction Diary by South Korea’s Jung Yoon-suk

By Stefan Steinberg, 24 February 2014

A refreshingly serious approach to history is taken by South Korean filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk in his new documentary, Non-Fiction Diary, which deservedly won a prize at the 64th Berlinale.

Child pornography scandal rocks Germany’s grand coalition government

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 February 2014

The scandal surrounding German deputy Sebastian Edathy is linked to his previous criticism of German intelligence agencies.

Berlin IYSSE protests Professor Jörg Baberowski’s suppression of democratic discussion at Humboldt University

22 February 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality have sent an open letter calling upon the University Board of the Humboldt University to censure Professor Jörg Baberowski for his undemocratic behavior.

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1

Political agendas at this year’s Berlinale

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 February 2014

A notable feature of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival was the manner in which certain leading figures in the film word openly promoted their retrograde political agendas.

German Left Party defends the European Union at party conference

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2014

At its party conference on Europe held in Hamburg, the Left Party signaled its readiness to defend the European Union against growing popular opposition.

Germany: Duisburg state prosecutor discloses charges in Love Parade disaster

By Dietmar Henning, 18 February 2014

The state prosecutor is proceeding from the premise that those at the top should walk free while people lower down on the chain of command are punished.

German government steps up military operations

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 February 2014

Germany’s post-war foreign policy of military restraint is being jettisoned as it prepares to join in the new “scramble for Africa.”

Appearance of Robert Service in Berlin ends in fiasco

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2014

Service’s public lecture was canceled and moved to a secret location from which all critics were barred.

How the German Left Party defends the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2014

Although popular opposition to the European Union is widespread and growing, the Left Party is eager to portray itself as a loyal defender of the EU.

Johnson Controls announces partial closure of plant in Bochum, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 13 February 2014

The Milwaukee-based conglomerate is threatening to eliminate 220 out of 660 jobs at the German plant by the end of the year.

Socialist Equality Party European election campaign finds support in German state of North Rhine-Westphalia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 13 February 2014

In recent weeks, some 900 registered voters have signed up to support the participation of the German Trotskyists in the European elections.

The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification

IYSSE meeting at the Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 February 2014

Around one hundred participants discussed the invitation extended by Professor Jörg Baberowski to Robert Service, the author of a discredited biography of Leon Trotsky, at a meeting last Saturday at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Nine questions for Robert Service

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 11 February 2014

On February 12, British author Robert Service will speak at Berlin’s Humboldt University about his internationally discredited biography of Leon Trotsky. The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit has formulated nine questions for Service.

The return of German militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2014

Barely 70 years after the collapse of the Third Reich and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German imperialism is once again revealing its historical roots.

February 8 meeting in Berlin

Baberowski’s invitation to Service: The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification

4 February 2014

Wolfgang Weber of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany will elaborate the critique of Robert Service’s Trotsky biography and discuss the philosophical and political foundations of the post-Soviet school of historical falsification.

Germany, US push aggressive policies at Munich Security Conference

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 February 2014

At the Munich Security Conference, German officials moved to repudiate the restraints on German militarism that were imposed after World War II.

Protests against cuts at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 3 February 2014

Nearly 1,000 students took part in a general assembly at Berlin’s Humboldt University last week to protest against impending job cuts.

German government announces the end of military restraint

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2014

A century since World War I, and almost 70 years after the monstrous crimes of the Nazis, German officials are again saying that Germany’s size and strength requires a policy of military intervention.

German union calls off strike by European air traffic controllers

By Dietmar Henning, 27 January 2014

Through a coordinated strike throughout Europe, air traffic controllers wanted to protest EU plans to restructure European airspace.

Near-starvation wages for 1.1 million German self-employed

By Konrad Kreft, 24 January 2014

Many of Germany’s self-employed already belong to the country’s low-wage sector.

German government extends its military mission in Africa

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 January 2014

The grand coalition government in Berlin is preparing a massive enlargement of the German mission in the African country of Mali.

Germany: Daimler works council pits contract workers against permanent staff

By Philipp Frisch, 20 January 2014

The IG Metall union and the Daimler works council are cooperating with management to increase the proportion of poorly paid employees on a contracted tenure.

Bankruptcy of German publishing firm Weltbild threatens 6,800 jobs

By Dietmar Henning, 18 January 2014

The bankruptcy is bound up with the global offensive against the wages and rights of the working class.

US government signals it will not sign no-spying agreement with Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 16 January 2014

The Obama administration is not willing to forgo its spying on German government officials and extensive monitoring activities in Germany.

The Socialist Equality Party candidates for the European election

By our correspondent, 16 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party-Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, PSG) is standing candidates in the European election due to take place on May 25, 2014.

German social democrats pursue law-and-order policies in Hamburg

By Christoph Dreier, 15 January 2014

Over the past week, Hamburg police declared entire areas “danger zones” where basic democratic rights were curtailed, citing violence against police officers.

German Socialist Equality Party members collect signatures for European elections

By our correspondent, 15 January 2014

In Berlin and Leipzig, campaign teams spoke to workers and youth at job centers, shopping centers and universities, discussing a socialist and internationalist program in the European elections.

Germany: The grand coalition and the Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 11 January 2014

As leader of the official opposition, the Left Party is serving as a reliable support for the German government.

Neglect of the elderly in care increases in Germany

By Werner Albrecht, 11 January 2014

A book published last year details abuses in the German elderly care system.

German police declare parts of Hamburg “no-go zone”

By Christoph Dreier, 8 January 2014

For the first time in Germany’s post-war history, police have declared large parts of a major city to be a “no-go zone.”

How Khodorkovsky became Russia’s richest man

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2014

The universal excitement over Khodorkovsky reveals more about the state of democracy in Germany than it does about political conditions in Russia.

A contemporary account of the German pogroms of November 1938

By Elizabeth Zimmerman, 7 January 2014

Konrad Heiden’s graphic account of Kristallnacht shows the horrors of which capitalism in its death throes is capable.

Poverty in Germany hits new high

By Konrad Kreft, 6 January 2014

The latest report by the Joint Welfare Association refutes the official propaganda that Germany is a haven of prosperity in Europe.

German court rejects compensation claim from victims of Kunduz massacre

By Verena Nees, 4 January 2014

If the ruling is confirmed, it will give the army a free hand to inflict civilian casualties in military operations without any consideration for international law.

Micro-credit and the return of debt bondage for world’s poor

By Denis Krassnin, 3 January 2014

While the founder of the micro-credit bank in Bangladesh was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, micro-finance is bringing investors fantastic returns and death and destruction to the world’s poor.

New German defence minister makes Christmas visit to Afghanistan

By Dietmar Henning, 30 December 2013

The new German defence minister used a visit to troops in Afghanistan to launch a PR campaign in support of the German army and its future operations.

Berlin Senate passes new austerity budget

By Johannes Stern, 30 December 2013

With the two-year budget for 2014/2015, the social democratic-conservative Senate in Berlin is paving the way for further austerity in coming years.

Fifty years since the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial

By Sybille Fuchs, 30 December 2013

The Auschwitz hearings marked the first time some of the individuals responsible for the Nazis’ machinery of extermination were brought before courts in the German Federal Republic.

German IG Metall union refuses to present agreement to GM-Opel workers

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2013

The contract recently agreed by GM-Opel and German IG Metall union has sealed the fate of the plant in Bochum.

German Greens, Christian Democrats seal coalition pact in Hesse

By Helmut Arens, 27 December 2013

The Greens’ right-wing politics are shown again in their recent Hesse coalition agreement.

Germany: 87-year-old imprisoned for fare-dodging

By Konrad Kreft, 24 December 2013

Widespread poverty has become a fact of daily life in Germany, the result of government policies over the last decade that have drastically reduced living standards.

Germany’s grand coalition appoints new state secretary for intelligence services

By Christoph Dreier, 24 December 2013

The appointment of Klaus-Dieter Fritsche shows that the grand coalition is planning a comprehensive upgrading of the state apparatus and an extension of public surveillance.

Further strikes at Amazon, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 21 December 2013

Protest action by German and US trade unions this week against working conditions at Amazon are a farce aimed at sealing a deal with the company.

German court rejects challenge against temporary work

By Konrad Kreft, 20 December 2013

According to the ruling, workers have no possibility of claiming wages from a company even if they have been contracted by a temporary labour agency for several years.

German ruling class closes ranks in grand coalition government

By Peter Schwarz, 19 December 2013

The convergence within the ruling class as it prepares to meet rising social resistance stands in inverse relation to the widening of divisions within German society.

German prosecutors to investigate more far-right terror groups

By Christoph Dreier, 18 December 2013

Figures from the Interior Ministry and Attorney General suggest that far-right terrorist networks are much larger and more numerous in Germany than previously thought.

Christian Democrats, Social Democrats form new German grand coalition goverment

By Peter Schwarz, 17 December 2013

The government will continue austerity measures that have devastated much of southern and eastern Europe and sharply raised poverty rates in Germany.

100th anniversary of Brandt’s birth

Willy Brandt, first Social Democratic chancellor of Germany and opponent of Trotskyism

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 December 2013

Willy Brandt established his political credentials for the bourgeoisie by savagely attacking Trotsky and the Left Opposition in 1935, and then supporting Stalinism in the Spanish Civil War.

Germany: Thyssen Krupp launches further attacks on workforce

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 16 December 2013

Chief Executive Hiesinger has announced further restructuring measures, including job cuts and wage reductions.

German Marx21 in exploratory talks to form Hesse state government

By Johannes Stern, 14 December 2013

The pseudo-left group Marx21 is one of strongest advocates of a coalition between the Left Party, the SPD and the Greens.

EADS to cut 5,800 jobs across Europe

By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2013

The mass layoffs at aerospace and defence firm EADS are part of a new round of attacks on the European working class.

The “Detroit Project” in Bochum

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 December 2013

The Detroit project organised in the German city of Bochum is a cultural cover-up for the treachery of the SPD and the trade unions in the city.

German grand coalition plans expansion of surveillance state

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 December 2013

The incoming German government is strengthening the state apparatus in anticipation of strong opposition to its austerity policies.

Renewed strikes at Amazon sites in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 7 December 2013

The miserable working conditions at Amazon have been ignored by German trade unions for years. Now, the Verdi union is utilising the conflicts at the online retailer to further its own interests.

German IG Metall union supports grand coalition government

By Dietmar Henning, 5 December 2013

The IG Metall union has given its clear support to the formation of a grand coalition between the Social Democrats and the conservative parties.