Germany

Germany: Final stage in dismantling of Karstadt department store chain

By Ludwig Weller, 30 October 2014

Last Friday, Karstadt announced that six stores would be shut down by the middle of 2015.

Germany plans to expand its military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 25 October 2014

The German military is planning an aggressive campaign to arm and train Kurdish forces, along with other measures to assert German imperialist interests in Iraq and Syria.

Germany’s SPD leadership backs Left Party premier in Thuringia

By Johannes Stern, 24 October 2014

The pending installation of Ramelow as premier heralds a new stage in the rightward shift of the Left Party.

German business demands further opening of Chinese market

By Gustav Kemper, 23 October 2014

The third round of German-Chinese government consultations took place in Berlin on October 10.

IYSSE antiwar campaign resonates with workers and youth in Berlin

By our correspondents, 23 October 2014

Workers and young people have responded positively to a movement that opposes the drive towards war, defends the social rights to a job and a good income, and seeks to unite workers internationally on the basis of a socialist program.

Defend striking German train drivers and airline pilots!

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 October 2014

The German ruling elite regards the strikes by train drivers and pilots as an expression of growing opposition to the government’s program of austerity and war.

Germany: Lufthansa pilots take renewed strike action

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 October 2014

While the immediate issue in the pilots’ dispute is cuts in early retirement provision, the background is the major changes in the air industry that affect not only pilots but all airline workers in Europe and across the globe.

Keen interest in anti-war campaign of IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 20 October 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and its youth movement, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, are increasingly seen as the only serious anti-war organizations in Germany.

Scholarship instead of war propaganda! IYSSE statement on the dispute at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 18 October 2014

The IYSSE is seeking to prevent Berlin’s Humboldt University from once again becoming a centre of militarism and dictatorship.

Germany’s Left Party emerges as a party of war

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 October 2014

The Left Party is using the defence of the Kurdish minority as a pretext to support a policy of imperialist war.

German train drivers and pilots take strike action

By Dietmar Henning, 16 October 2014

The GDL and pilots’ union Cockpit are being deliberately provoked by Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa.

German IYSSE defends freedom of speech at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 15 October 2014

This exchange of letters documents the attempt by the Humboldt University administration in Berlin to censor the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s meeting on the topic “Why Do the German Elites Again Want War?”.

Why does the German ruling elite want war? A well-attended meeting in Frankfurt

By our reporters, 15 October 2014

The meeting was called by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality as part of a campaign against the revival of German militarism.

Storm clouds gather over world economy

By Nick Beams, 14 October 2014

The IMF and World Bank meetings produced no policies to bring about an economic recovery.

Greens back deployment of German ground troops to Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 14 October 2014

With their call for the deployment of ground troops, the German Greens are going further than the government of Prime Minister Angela Merkel.

German Social Democrat leader plans to expand arms industry

By Gustav Kemper, 13 October 2014

The SPD leader’s speech culminated with the demand for the reorganisation of the arms industry in the service of German foreign policy and building a powerful army.

German media attacks train drivers’ right to strike

By Dietmar Henning, 13 October 2014

The attacks on the train drivers’ right to strike will extend to all other workers defending their wages and social gains.

Germany: Nine-hour strike by train drivers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The nationwide strike brought most long-distance, regional, freight and commuter trains to a halt.

Germany: Left Party bangs the drum for military action against the Islamic State

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2014

Fourteen leading Left Party politicians have issued a statement titled "Save Kobani!"

Authors weigh in on the Amazon-Hachette war

By Christine Schofelt and Fred Mazelis, 10 October 2014

The ongoing e-commerce dispute raises fundamental questions about culture and how—and by whom—the immense advances in technology will be used and controlled.

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

10 October 2014

The administration has conditioned its approval of a meeting room for the IYSSE on the censorship of any political criticism of members of the University.

Germany: Joschka Fischer’s declaration of war on Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 9 October 2014

With his policy towards Russia, Fischer draws directly from the legacy of German imperialism in the last century.

War propaganda in the German Historical Museum

By Johannes Stern, 9 October 2014

Last week former security official Horst Teltschik and the historians Michael Wolffsohn, Sönke Neitzel and Jörg Baberowski discussed Germany's role as an intervention force at the German Historical Museum.

German Green Party-affiliated think tank calls for renewed offensive against Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 October 2014

Seventy years after the German bourgeoisie sought to establish its control over Mittel-Europa, the Green Party and the Heinrich Böll Foundation are urging it to take the same path once again.

Germany to deploy combat troops in Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 7 October 2014

The German government is planning to send troops into Ukraine for the first time since the Second World War.

German train drivers vote to strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 October 2014

Deutsche Bahn cut its workforce from 350,000 to 190,000 between 2002 and 2012, which has led to constant overtime working.

In response to exposure of abuses, German interior minister attacks refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 4 October 2014

Thomas de Maizière blamed refugees for overcrowding in the camps, the lack of basic hygiene and the inhuman conditions in which they live.

Why is the German elite once again agitating for war?

The historical and political reasons behind Germany’s renewed bid for world power

4 October 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) is planning meetings in Frankfurt, Bochum and Berlin on the threat of war.

The revival of German militarism: One year on

By Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2014

The return of German imperialism to the battlefields of the world is a profoundly destabilizing element in an already unstable world.

German public television turns out propaganda on Ukraine

By Sibylle Fuchs, 3 October 2014

Both of Germany’s public television broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, have come under strong criticism for their biased reporting on Ukraine.

One-day strike by Lufthansa pilots in Germany

By Helmut Arens, 2 October 2014

The Lufthansa pilots’ strike was directed against the attempt by the corporation to carry through attacks on retirement benefits for 5,400 pilots.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s UN speech: War propaganda cloaked in pacifist phrases

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2014

Steinmeier’s speech on Saturday combined threats against Russia with the demand for a massive military intervention in the Middle East and more German “responsibility” throughout the world.

“Abu-Ghraib-like” torture of refugees exposed in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 1 October 2014

Reports from various German refugee facilities have revealed that residents are subjected to systematic torture and humiliation at the hands of security staff.

German government approves new law on sexual offenses

By Justus Leicht, 1 October 2014

The background to the new law is a witch-hunt against the former chairman of an investigation into the NSU neo-fascist terror group.

German media and politicians promote rearmament

By Christoph Dreier, 29 September 2014

The demand for major increases in the military budget has moved to the center of German war propaganda.

Germany’s new war minister and Stern magazine

By Denis Krassnin, 29 September 2014

Germany’s defence minister and Stern news magazine both trace political roots to the Nazi era.

German government sends arms to Iraq and backs US air strikes in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2014

The German government plans to deliver weapons worth around 70 million euros to Iraq in the coming days.

German Greens state premier votes for tougher asylum laws

By Martin Krieckenbaum, 27 September 2014

The Greens recently tipped the balance in the German parliament to further sharpen the government’s brutal refugee policy.

Lufthansa insists on pension cuts for pilots

By Dietmar Henning, 26 September 2014

At talks Monday there was no indication of a deal as Lufthansa refuses to budge from its original plans to cut pilots’ retirement provisions.

German committee criticises television news coverage of Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 26 September 2014

The criticism confirms that reportage on German public television has degenerated into government and military propaganda.

French Prime Minister Valls travels to Berlin

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 September 2014

The meeting of French Prime Minister Valls with German Chancellor Merkel cannot hide the growing Franco-German tensions in Europe.

Germany’s Die Zeit: Publishing war propaganda in weekly installments

By Johannes Stern, 25 September 2014

The supposedly liberal weekly Die Zeit exemplifies the transformation of the media into a propaganda tool for war and militarism.

Germany: IG Metall leaders plead for “constructive dialogue” to secure company profits

By our reporters, 24 September 2014

Union leaders in Berlin openly appealed for a more active role in restructuring company policy in order to improve dividends.

An attempt to rehabilitate Hitler

By Peter Schwarz, 24 September 2014

The 91-year-old German historian Ernst Nolte has made a plea in the European magazine for the rehabilitation of Hitler.

Germany: Voters reject establishment parties in state elections

By Dietmar Henning, 17 September 2014

Widespread hostility to the status quo and the rise of the right wing AfD make it increasingly difficult for the main German parties to achieve stable majorities.

NSA developing real time map of all Internet-connected devices

By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2014

The NSA penetrated the systems of leading German companies as part of a global Internet mapping operation codenamed Treasure Map.

Who Owns Germany? Documenting the widening gulf between rich and poor

By Gustav Kemper, 15 September 2014

Berger’s book reveals startling facts about the redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top of German society.

Scandalous conditions in German refugee centres

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 13 September 2014

The German government is taking the axe to what remains of asylum protections.

German government adopts tighter laws on economic immigration

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 12 September 2014

The German government is restricting the freedom of movement and right of residence within the European Union.

German federal court upholds whitewash of death of refugee

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 12 September 2014

Germany’s federal court has upheld the mild penalty given to a German policeman responsible for the death of Oury Jalloh.

Germany: Union leader condemns train drivers’ strike

By Dietmar Henning, 11 September 2014

The new chairman of the German Trade Union Federation, Reiner Hoffmann, has sided with corporate management against the strikers.

Germany: Official report speaks of “deliberate sabotage” by secret service in NSU case

By Sven Heymann, 10 September 2014

The final report of the Thuringia state parliamentary committee of inquiry into the series of murders by the far-right National Socialist Underground makes serious allegations against the state security authorities.

German train drivers union to hold warning strike Tuesday

By Dietmar Henning, 8 September 2014

The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) and the government have announced measures to prevent strikes by pilots, train drivers and many other workers.

German government discusses massive increase in military spending

By Christoph Dreier, 6 September 2014

At the NATO summit, leading German politicians spoke out for a clear increase in military spending.

German media steps up its warmongering

By Johnnes Stern, 6 September 2014

Whenever a new offensive for war commences, Germany's mainstream media ratchets up its propaganda.

German President Gauck threatens Russia with war

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2014

German President Joachim Gauck used a meeting commemorating the outbreak of the Second World War to launch a direct attack on Russia.

German parliament approves shipment of weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 3 September 2014

The German intervention in Iraq and Berlin's aggressive posture towards Russia are part of the foreign policy shift to German great power politics announced at the beginning of the year at the Munich Security Conference.

Economic data show gathering global slump

By Nick Beams, 3 September 2014

Monetary stimulus has failed to halt recessionary trends in the global economy.

Germany: Social Democrats, Left Party responsible for growth of right in Saxony elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 September 2014

The right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland won 9.7 percent of the vote.

Germany: ThyssenKrupp announces more job cuts

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 2 September 2014

The company official who announced the layoffs was Oliver Burkard, who recently quit his post as local boss of the IG Metall union.

German media seeks to whip up public opinion against pilots and train drivers

By Marianne Arens, 1 September 2014

The goal of German airline and rail unions, including smaller unions like Cockpit, is to maximise the profits of Lufthansa and German Railways at the expense of the workforce.

Germany sends troops to Iraq

By Wolfgang Weber, 30 August 2014

The German intervention in Iraq is part of the new militarist foreign policy announced by the government at the start of the year.

Der Spiegel calls for military build-up in Germany

By Sven Heymann, 30 August 2014

Without saying it openly, the Spiegel authors suggest that the simplest solution to lagging military recruitment would be to reintroduce conscription.

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

After years of relative restraint, Germany is intervening to assert its global economic and geostrategic interests by military means.

German workers, youth speak on Ferguson: “This is not a democracy any more”

By our reporters, 27 August 2014

The events in the Ferguson, where an unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down by the police, have been closely followed in Europe.

Former head CIA lawyer defends torture in Der Spiegel interview

By Eric London, 27 August 2014

In defending state torture, John Rizzo, former acting CIA general counsel, has laid bare the growing presence of fascistic elements in the highest echelons of the American state.

German chancellor Merkel visits Kiev and backs regime

By Christoph Dreier, 26 August 2014

Attempts by Chancellor Merkel to secure German interests in negotiations with Russia do not mean the danger of war is receding.

Germany: Convicted real estate speculator takes over store chain

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014

The long-established German Karstadt department store chain is being sold to Austrian real estate speculator René Benko.

German government to deliver weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 August 2014

The defence minister has signalled a new stage in the revival of German militarism.

Germany expands its intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2014

For the first time, the Germany military will send “non-humanitarian” equipment to Iraq.

Further plant closures at Germany’s Heidelberg Press

By Gustav Kemper, 20 August 2014

The trade unions are playing a key role in imposing more redundancies at Germany’s biggest print machine manufacturer.

German army intervenes in Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2014

All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention in Iraq.

German secret service implicated in fascist murders

By Sven Heymanns and Dietmar Henning, 16 August 2014

The longer the ongoing trial of the National Socialist Undergound continues, the clearer it becomes that the state is working to cover up the involvement of its agencies in neo-Nazi murders.

German Left Party calls for military intervention in Iraq

By Christoph Dreier, 16 August 2014

The Left Party is aggressively using humanitarian crises as an excuse to justify German military participation in foreign conflicts.

German economy contracts as Europe slides closer to recession

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 August 2014

US-EU trade sanctions launched against Russia and the conflicts in the Middle East are exacerbating the economic crisis in Europe.

Germany: Osram cuts 7,800 jobs worldwide

By Ludwig Weller, 12 August 2014

The German-based lighting manufacturer announced a new round of job cuts last week.

Automaker Fiat shifts headquarters out of Italy

By Marianne Arens, 12 August 2014

After completing the merger with Chrysler, Fiat has shifted its headquarters from Turin to Amsterdam.

Tensions grow in Germany over threat of war with Russia

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 11 August 2014

A conflict between two leading German business papers, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reflects sharp tensions within ruling circles over foreign policy.

Germany’s Left Party suppresses opposition to militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 August 2014

The Left Party is using the war in Gaza as an opportunity to place itself unconditionally behind the German government’s foreign policy.

German commission undermines parliametary approval requirement for military operations

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 9 August 2014

Largely unnoticed by the public, a commission of former defence politicians as well as military experts has been working to repeal the requirement that military operations abroad obtain parliamentary approval.

What lies behind the warmongering by Der Spiegel?

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation with Russia.

Austrian court delivers draconian verdict against student protester

By Denis Krassnin, 7 August 2014

The Viennese court’s harsh sentencing of Josef S. is meant to deter all protesters from pursuing their democratic rights.

European leaders use World War I commemoration to press for new wars

By Stefan Steinberg, 6 August 2014

Attending the two days of commemorations in the Belgian city of Liège were representatives from 83 countries.

August 1914 and the myth of general enthusiasm for war in the German working class

By Verena Nees, 6 August 2014

New scholarly publications provide evidence that opposition to the outbreak of the First World War was particularly strong within the working class.

Demonstration against Gaza massacre in Berlin: “Enough is enough!”

By our reporters, 5 August 2014

Despite a campaign of official intimidation, hundreds of people demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against the Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

The return of German Great Power politics and the attacks on the historian Fritz Fischer

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 5 August 2014

The Berlin political scientist Herfried Münkler is conducting a fierce campaign against Fritz Fischer, who has been a major influence on the understanding of German responsibility for the First World War.

German expenditure for weapons research has more than doubled since 2010

By Sven Heymanns, 4 August 2014

The growing involvement of universities in military research projects is a component of the return of German militarism.

Charges of anti-Semitism used to intimidate and criminalise opponents of war in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2014

While millions of people are deeply shocked by the brutal bombardment by the Israeli army of Gaza, politicians and media commentators in Germany have attacked opponents of the war.

General Electric buys up Alstom

By Max Schneider and Marianne Arens, 31 July 2014

Thousands of workers will pay the price for General Electric’s recent acquisition of Alstom’s energy sector.

Right-wing gutter journalism: Der Spiegel rails against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 July 2014

In the aftermath of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, the tirades against Russia in the German press have intensified.

German firm WMF plans elimination of 700 jobs

By K. Nesan, 29 July 2014

The main shareholder in the WMF group is the New York-based investment firm KKR.

German neo-Nazi trial: Why is Zschäpe silent?

By Dietmar Henning, 28 July 2014

A judge in Munich has rejected the request of the main defendant in the NSU trial to dismiss her public defenders.

Executive pay at German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp swells amid mass layoffs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 26 July 2014

The salaries of top executives at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp increased by up to 69 percent last year, even as the company laid off thousands of workers.

How the German Left Party backs Israel’s war against Gaza

By Sven Heymann and Peter Schwarz, 23 July 2014

Germany’s Left Party has taken on the task of defending the Israeli army’s brutal attack on Gaza.

Volkswagen CEO announces “painful cuts”

By Dietmar Henning, 22 July 2014

The German company plans to implement €5 in annual cost reductions within three years.

Following Malaysian plane disaster: German media pushes for confrontation with Moscow

By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2014

Barely 24 hours after the crash of the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, German media outlets are pushing for an escalation of the confrontation with Russia.

Austrian judiciary persecutes German student protester

By Denis Krassnin, 17 July 2014

A German student who protested against the far right in Vienna is being persecuted by the Austrian judiciary.

German department store Karstadt faces carve-up

By Dietmar Henning, 16 July 2014

Investor Nicolas Berggruen, who was hailed four years ago as a saviour by the trade unions and politicians, has shown no interest in retaining control of Karstadt, with its 17,000 workers.