Germany

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.

Why is Stefan Kornelius so angry over the CIA spying scandal in Germany?

By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2014

Readers of the Süddeutsche Zeitung rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they saw a comment critical of Washington by the paper’s chief foreign correspondent, Stefan Kornelius.

The acquittal of HSH Nordbank: Capitalist class justice in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 July 2014

The judgment in the HSH Nordbank trial shows how the capitalist judicial system serves the financial aristocracy.

The US spy scandal and the return of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014

The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.

German government demands departure of US spy chief

By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2014

The exposure of a second US spy in Germany in five days has unleashed a major scandal.

German foreign minister Steinmeier and the Civitella massacre

By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2014

Steinmeier cynically uses commemorations of Nazi war crimes to obscure the crimes of Berlin’s current war policy.

German Greens justify police action against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 10 July 2014

Many of the refugees come from Syria, Libya and other countries where the US and its European allies, encouraged by the Greens, have fomented bloody civil wars.

German chancellor makes her seventh visit to China

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 July 2014

As on previous visits, the chancellor was accompanied by a business delegation.

Following CIA spy revelations, German politicians turn on the US

By Peter Schwarz, 8 July 2014

The fierce reaction to the unmasking of a relatively low-ranking agent reflects a change in the direction of German foreign policy.

German unions support the government’s war policies

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 July 2014

The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) unreservedly supports the foreign policy of the grand coalition government and its return to great power politics and militiarism.

German parliament agrees to minimum wage

By Dietmar Henning, 5 July 2014

The main purpose of the new German minimum wage is to silence critics of the country’s low-wage sector.

German army to be equipped with drones

By Christoph Dreier, 5 July 2014

On Wednesday, German defence minister Ursula Von der Leyen announced to parliament that the army is to be equipped with drones capable of carrying weapons.

German Left Party defends drive to war

By Christoph Dreier, 3 July 2014

In an interview with a German daily newspaper last Friday, Left Party leader Dietmar Bartsch gave his full backing to the German government’s foreign policy.

German politicians, media seek to criminalize opponents of war

By Christoph Dreier, 30 June 2014

The German media and politicians are discussing legislation to combat widespread anti-war sentiment.

German automaker BMW reports record sales, prepares attacks on workers

By Michael Regens, 30 June 2014

In close collaboration with the trade unions, Germany’s third largest automaker is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures.

The return of the state secret police in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 June 2014

Top secret documents provided to the media by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden make clear the close collaboration between US and German intelligence agencies.

German Social Democrats, Greens, Left Party support German war policy

By Johannes Stern, 26 June 2014

In a recent panel discussion at a well known Berlin café, the SPD, Greens and Left Party supported the revival of German militarism.

Growing social inequality in Germany

By Denis Krasnin, 24 June 2014

The reduction in the unemployment figures touted by the government is connected with the rise in precarious employment.

GM-Opel: Union “social wage contract” splits German auto workers

By Dietmar Henning, 23 June 2014

The union-backed contract is the climax of a campaign to carry out the closure of the GM-Opel factory in Bochum.

German militarism and the US debacle in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2014

The German bourgeoisie is responding to the debacle of US imperialism in Iraq by intensifying its campaign for militarism and war.

German interior minister warns of threat of lethal attacks by Islamists

By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2014

The German interior minister warned of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks by Islamist “religious warriors” in Germany and throughout Europe.

IG-Metall holds bogus “youth protest” at GM-Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany

By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2014

The same day as the event, the German metalworkers’ union signed a deal with GM-Opel sealing the fate of thousands of workers losing their jobs at the company’s Bochum plant.

German media clamours for a new Iraq war

By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2014

The German media has reacted to the crisis in Iraq by intensifying the campaign for militarism and war.

The German president’s call to arms

By Peter Schwarz, 17 June 2014

At the end of a three-day visit to Norway, the German president reiterated his call for a more aggressive German foreign policy.

Germany: Ford works council agrees to flexible working and job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2014

The measures agreed in Cologne will bring the company total savings of $400 million (€295 million) over five years.

Ten years since the neo-Nazi attack in Cologne, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 12 June 2014

Tens of thousands gathered in the Cologne district of Mülheim earlier this week to protest against racism and far-right violence.

US prepares to fine major French bank

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 June 2014

The US is preparing to impose a fine of some $10 billion on the French bank BNP Paribas.

No replacement jobs for most workers laid off from Bochum plant in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 5 June 2014

Despite assurances from the IG Metall trade union, only a small number of temporary and low-wage replacement jobs will be offered to the more than 3,000 laid-off workers.

German foreign intelligence service plans real-time surveillance of social networks

By Sven Heymann, 5 June 2014

The intelligence service’s declared aim is to have similar capabilities to the American NSA and British GCHQ.

Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2014

On Monday, the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) carried a comment combining hateful attacks on Putin and Russia with a presentation of the Second World War typically found in Nazi publications.

German firm Siemens to eliminate a further 11,600 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 3 June 2014

IG Metall and the works council defend the company’s competitiveness and profits, not the interests of the workers.

Germany: Leading journalists attempt to censor TV program

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2014

In response to revelations regarding their one-sided reporting and incestuous links with ruling elites, leading German journalists are calling for censorship.

Participants speak at PSG’s eve of poll election meeting

By our correspondents, 29 May 2014

The PSG were the only ones “who focused their election campaign on the danger of war,” a participant told the WSWS.

PSG holds successful final election meeting

By our correspondents, 27 May 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit concluded its European election campaign on Saturday with a well attended meeting in Berlin Tempelhof.

“No more war”

Video: PSG member speaks in Voices Against War

By Werner Siepmann, 24 May 2014

In this video, long-time Socialist Equality Party (PSG) member Werner Siepmann, 83, recounts his memories of the Second World War and calls on workers and young people to take up the fight against militarism.

Social Democrats outnumbered by opponents at Berlin rally

By Verena Nees, 22 May 2014

For its main European election rally in the German capital the SPD could only rally a group of no more than 300, mostly elderly SPD supporters and union officials.

European elections: PSG campaigns in Leipzig

By our correspondents, 21 May 2014

Discussions with workers and young people in Leipzig quickly revealed that the threat of war is an issue of great concern to many.

Germany: Marx21’s Janine Wissler elected to Left Party leadership

By Marianne Arens, 21 May 2014

The role of Janine Wissler is to provide a “left” face for the right wing course of the Left Party.

Osram workers in Berlin support PSG election campaign

By Verena Nees, 20 May 2014

PSG candidates distributed the party’s European election statement “Fight against war” at the Osram plant in Berlin during a shift change on May 15.

German army conducts biggest military exercises since Cold War

By Sven Heymann, 19 May 2014

The German army is engaged in its largest military exercises since the 1980s, including air, sea and ground forces.

German government proposes law to jail asylum-seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2014

The Grand Coalition is planning a significant tightening of immigration laws.

Change in leadership of German trade union confederation

By Dietmar Henning, 17 May 2014

The main focus of the 20th Congress of the German Trade Union Confederation was the change in leadership, with Reiner Hoffmann taking over from Michael Sommer.

German Left Party consolidates itself as an establishment party

By Johannes Stern, 17 May 2014

A party that describes collaboration with fascists as an “error,” supports German militarism and NATO, and defends the EU and German big business can be described only as a reactionary bourgeois party.

German undercover agent dies in mysterious circumstances

By Sven Heymann, 15 May 2014

Thomas Richter, alias Corelli, is the second major witness into the links between the neo-Nazi NSU and the state security forces to die in mysterious circumstances.

PSG holds European election rally at Alexanderplatz in Berlin

By our correspondents, 14 May 2014

Last Saturday, the PSG’s European election campaign held a rally at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, attracting many passersby.

European election debate: Conservative, social democratic leaders praise austerity, sanctions vs. Russia

By Johannes Stern, 12 May 2014

The debate between two veteran EU bureaucrats was a farce, as the pair agree on all central political questions.

PSG election campaign gains significant support in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 May 2014

Workers in the German capital discussed the issues in the European elections with Partei für Soziale Gleichheit candidates and supporters.

How the revival of German militarism was prepared

By Johannes Stern, 10 May 2014

The German government’s aggressive action in Ukraine and the propaganda campaign accompanying it were carefully prepared over an entire year.

European election: Hessian Rundfunk interviews PSG candidate

By our correspondents, 9 May 2014

The PSG is campaigning against the revival of German militarism with street meetings, information stands and election posters.

German Greens incite conflict with Russia

By Verena Nees, 8 May 2014

Ralf Fücks, a leading member of the Green Party, has accused the German government of weakness in the Ukraine crisis.

The German media and the massacre in Odessa

By Peter Schwarz, 6 May 2014

Over 40 opponents of the Kiev regime fell victim to a fascist massacre in Odessa, but the German media has either falsified, downplayed or simply ignored the events.

PSG campaign: “It is not true that the Western powers stand for democracy and human rights”

By our reporters, 5 May 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit has won an important response from workers and young people in its campaign against war and militarism.

Appearing with Germany’s Merkel, Obama backs Ukraine crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2014

Using arguments steeped in hypocrisy and lies, the US president escalated threats against Russia and justified the violent suppression of protests in eastern Ukraine.

German government thwarts investigation of NSA scandal

By Sven Heymanns, 3 May 2014

While Chancellor Merkel was being welcomed at the White House Friday by President Obama, the Bundestag (parliamentary) Committee of Inquiry into the NSA received a government file opposing the questioning of whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

German President Gauck visits Turkey—the arrogance of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2014

German President Joachim Gauck provoked a bitter public row during an official state visit to Turkey with sharp criticism of the government of Recip Tayyip Erdogan.

What is the German army doing in Slavyansk?

By Peter Schwarz, 1 May 2014

Many of the details of recent events in Slavyansk remain unclear, but one thing is certain: the Bundeswehr is far more active in Ukraine than is publicly admitted.

Spiegel magazine agitates against the Germans’ “fear of war”

By Peter Schwarz, 30 April 2014

The German government is also intensifying the conflict with Russia because it wants to break the resistance to militarism through a sort of “war shock.”

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit launches European election campaign in Berlin

By our correspondent, 29 April 2014

The Socialist Equality Party enters the European election campaign as the only party in Germany opposing the warmongering of the country’s politicians, academics and media.

German PSG releases European election broadcast

By our correspondents, 28 April 2014

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit-PSG) released its broadcast for the European elections on Friday.

European elections: PSG campaign against war evokes great interest in Stuttgart

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany—PSG) campaigned last week in Stuttgart to build for an April 26 meeting on the struggle against the war danger in Ukraine and the revival of German militarism.

German news site Spiegel Online interviews Ukrainian fascist Yarosh

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2014

On April 22, Spiegel Online published an interview with Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Ukrainian fascist paramilitary organisation Right Sector. This interview confirms that the fascists not only played a decisive role in the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych on 22 February, but that also play a significant role in the current transitional government headed by Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Germany: The political bankruptcy of the peace movement

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 April 2014

The annual pacifist Easter marches adopted the war propaganda of the German government and NATO. Participation was correspondingly low.

German magazine Der Spiegel campaigns for war and rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2014

One of the most unmistakable signs of the return of German militarism is the current barrage of war propaganda in the media.

German government supports NATO rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2014

The German army is fully aligned with the American military in the massive NATO buildup in Eastern Europe directed against Russia.

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.