Germany

Brexit vote heightens tensions in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 1 July 2016

Last week’s vote by the United Kingdom has been met by an intensified drive by Germany to exert dominance over the European continent.

After Brexit: Berlin calls for German-European military union

By Johannes Stern, 29 June 2016

Following the initial shock over the result of the Brexit referendum, the German elite is attempting to exploit the crisis to exert their economic and political dominance within the EU.

IG Metall trade union backs Volkswagen board

By Dietmar Henning, 28 June 2016

IG Metall sprang to the support of management, which is exploiting the emission scandal to impose the biggest ever attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

World Wealth Report 2016: The number of German millionaires increases

By Marianne Arens, 27 June 2016

Along with the US, Japan and China, Germany is one of the four countries with the most millionaires in the world.

Brexit vote intensifies conflicts within European Union

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2016

The process of European integration begun just after World War II, intended to build political institutions that would make a new world war impossible, is unraveling.

Merkel announces massive military buildup

By Johannes Stern, 24 June 2016

That Germany plans an unprecedented military buildup was clear from the speech given by the chancellor Tuesday night to the Business Forum of the CDU in Berlin.

Germany: The Left Party’s fraudulent refugee policy

By Andy Niklaus and Verena Nees, 24 June 2016

Wherever the Left Party is in power it implements the inhumane refugee policies of the German government.

Berlin plans mass deportations and more police

By Carola Kleinert, 23 June 2016

The plan is aimed at controlling refugees by threatening them with cuts in support.

Seventy-five years since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2016

The war against the Soviet Union expressed the essence of the Nazi regime, which had been brought to power by the German bourgeoisie to destroy the workers movement and end the threat of socialist revolution.

German interior minister advocates auxiliary police force

By Dietmar Henning, 22 June 2016

As in the 1930s, the ruling elite in Germany is responding to growing class conflict with the increased arming of the state and police forces.

German foreign minister distances himself from the United States

By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2016

Steinmeier declared that Germany is forced “to reinterpret the principles that have guided its foreign policy for over half a century.”

“Berlin correspondence:” Germany’s Humboldt University in the service of militarism

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2016

The appearance by German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Humboldt University Professor Herfried Münkler on the same platform is a testament to the University’s transformation into a think-tank for German imperialism.

European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 June 2016

In exchange for financial assistance, despotic regimes in Africa are to seal off escape routes and detain and deport refugees.

German unions call for steel trade war against China

By Jan Peters and Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2016

In a new burst of reactionary economic nationalism, the Social Democratic Party and German trade unions are calling for US-type trade war measures against China.

German general calls for new tanks against Russia

By Marianne Arens, 15 June 2016

The rearmament of the German armed forces and calls for its use at home are being accompanied by a large-scale propaganda offensive orchestrated by the Ministry of Defence.

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2016

The deployments are among the most provocative actions taken by the NATO high command in the course of its anti-Russian buildup, now well into its second year.

Pseudo-lefts appointed to leadership of Germany’s Left Party

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 June 2016

Within Germany, the Left Party is increasingly viewed as a right-wing, bourgeois party, which spouts left sounding phrases, but is no different in practice than the established parties.

Left Party advocates joint candidate with SPD and Greens for German presidency

By Johannes Stern, 13 June 2016

The Left Party has responded to the announcement by federal President Joachim Gauck that he will be retiring next year “on age grounds” by moving further to the right.

The return of German militarism to Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2016

Germany’s Armed Forces are playing an increasingly prominent role in the NATO deployment in Eastern Europe, which serves to openly prepare a war against Russia.

Left Party defends austerity in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 8 June 2016

Between 2001 and 2011, the Social Democrat-Left Party coalition imposed the most severe austerity measures in Berlin’s post-war history.

One in seven children in Germany relies on social welfare

By Marianne Arens, 7 June 2016

Almost a decade and a half after the “Agenda 2010” reforms, more than 1.5 million children under the age of 15 rely on Hartz IV welfare.

German government tightens anti-terror laws

By Johannes Stern, 6 June 2016

Throughout Europe, the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris are being used as a pretext for constructing a police state, just as happened in the US following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

What is behind the Armenian resolution passed by the German parliament?

By Johannes Stern, 4 June 2016

On Thursday, the German parliament passed a resolution describing the mass murder of up to 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as “genocide.”

A dozen dead, tens of thousands displaced as floods hit Germany and France

By our reporter, 4 June 2016

Floods claimed between 12 and 18 lives, according to initial reports, and it is feared that the death toll could climb higher.

Strikes in France elicit support from German workers

By Verena Nees, 3 June 2016

Sympathy from workers and young people, anger and resentment in the media—this is how Germany is reacting to the strikes in France.

German Left Party congress carries out further shift to the right

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 June 2016

Regardless of the standard trite phrases about social justice, the Left Party set a political course at its party congress for participation in government at the federal level.

Right-wing German academic Jörg Baberowski demands more repression against refugees

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 May 2016

At the Phil.Cologne congress, the Humboldt University professor declared that “men in Germany” were helpless against refugees because they had forgotten how to fight.

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) stands candidates for the Berlin state elections

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 31 May 2016

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, the German section of the Fourth International, is standing seven candidates in September’s Berlin state elections.

Senior Left Party politician calls for participation in government

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 May 2016

Sharp conflicts broke out in the Left Party after former parliamentary leader Gregor Gysi criticised the party’s failure to focus on government participation.

Major police operation against Roma in Berlin

By Andy Niklaus and Karola Kleinert, 27 May 2016

A hundred-strong force of the Berlin police conducted a brutal raid on Roma families protesting against their threatened deportation.

German chancellor boosts anti-refugee deal in visit to Turkey

By Peter Schwarz, 26 May 2016

Angela Merkel traveled to Turkey last week in an attempt to shore up the deal stuck between Turkey and the EU to block refugees from entering Europe.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung lobbies for militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2016

The mouthpiece of the Frankfurt banks has provided a platform for former general Wolf Poulet to advocate an aggressive German war policy.

Further evidence of ties between German neo-Nazi group and domestic intelligence agency

By Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2016

How could 10 murders, bomb attacks and a series of bank robberies take place under the noses of the police and intelligence agencies?

1980 Oktoberfest bombing: German government and secret service still withholding information

By Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2016

For over a year, the Secret Service has refused to publish files relating to the bombing of the Munich Oktoberfest 35 years ago.

German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung demands military deterrence against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 23 May 2016

In the lead-up to the NATO summit in Poland in early July the professional warmongers in the German media are intensifying calls for a military build-up in Eastern Europe.

German Social Democratic Party in free-fall

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 May 2016

The SPD’s collapse in the polls is the product of the right-wing, anti-social and militarist policies the party has pursued for years.

German government steps up military intervention in Africa

By our reporter, 19 May 2016

Separate missions in Mali and the Horn of Africa are aimed at strengthening Germany’s economic and strategic interests in Africa by military means.

Germany: How the pseudo-left justify the Left Party’s shift to the right

By Johannes Stern and Peter Schwarz, 18 May 2016

The pseudo-left groups which either work in or around the Left Party have assumed the task of defending its rightward shift.

Wage deal in Germany: IG Metall agrees to end industry-wide contracts

By Dietmar Henning, 16 May 2016

Industry heads are enthusiastic about the deal that allows individual corporations to be released from wage contracts when profits are lower than desired.

Hedge fund buy-in heralds massive assault on Volkswagen workers

By Dietmar Henning, 14 May 2016

The British hedge fund TCI is planning to slash jobs, cut wages and impose speedup.

German defence minister announces military expansion

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 May 2016

Following a dramatic increase in the defence budget, the German government has now announced a “personnel about-face.”

Volkswagen board pockets €63 million in 2015

By Dietmar Henning, 10 May 2016

Despite the exhaust emissions scandal and record losses, the nine members of the VW Executive Board were paid €10 million more in 2015 than the previous year.

The Berlin Senate’s inhuman deportation policy

By Carola Kleinert, 10 May 2016

Refugees in Germany are being crammed into inhumane camps, bullied and brutally deported.

Drastic increase in far-right crimes in Germany

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 9 May 2016

A Federal Police Agency report confirms a drastic increase in far-right motivated attacks on asylum seekers, refugees and their supporters.

Growing anxiety in Europe over Donald Trump

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 May 2016

While the dominant reaction has been concern over the consequences of right-wing nationalism, some voices are being raised in support of a Trump victory.

Leading member of far-right AfD named chief prosecutor in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 5 May 2016

The Nazi past of the German legal system shows through in the remarks of the new chief prosecutor, Roman Reusch.

Far-right Alternative for Germany adopts party programme

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2016

At its party convention in Stuttgart, the AfD placed Islamophobia at the centre of its program.

German labour minister cuts social assistance to EU immigrants

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 May 2016

New legislation seeks to deny social assistance and Hartz IV benefits to European immigrants who enter Germany to look for work.

German army prepares for cyberwar

By Johannes Stern, 2 May 2016

Contrary to claims that the new department only serves for “defence” against cyber-attacks, the final report makes clear that the Bundeswehr is preparing for offensive cyberwarfare.

Volkswagen works council and IG Metall back executive bonuses

By Dietmar Henning, 2 May 2016

While thousands of workers are losing their jobs due to the emission scandal, top executives are reaping huge bonuses.

German army assumes leadership of military buildup against Russia

By Christoph Vandreier, 30 April 2016

NATO’s aggressive plans sharpen the confrontation with Russia and bring the world closer to a third world war.

Germany: Left Party state government organizes brutal deportations in Thuringia

By Marianne Arens, 30 April 2016

Since the end of last year, the Left Party-led state government has organised regular mass deportations.

The German chancellor’s PR tour in Turkish refugee camps

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 April 2016

The trip by the German chancellor and EU Council president to the refugee camp at Nizip resembled a visit to a Potemkin village.

IYSSE meetings in Germany oppose militarism and war

By our correspondents, 29 April 2016

The IYSSE held public meetings in Bochum, Frankfurt and Berlin to discuss the return of German militarism and the danger of a third world war.

Berlin elections: Workers and students speak out against war

By our reporters, 28 April 2016

As part of its campaign in the Berlin state elections, the Socialist Equality Party collected signatures in the district of Schöneberg.

Berlin college rector protests police intervention

By Verena Nees, 26 April 2016

On April 2, around 30 police stormed into Alice-Salomon College, forced all students and tutors present into the main auditorium, blocked all exits and collected personal information.

German Greens negotiate to form coalition with right-wing CDU

By Ulrich Rippert, 25 April 2016

What is currently being negotiated in Stuttgart is much more than a temporary, stop-gap solution to a complicated state election result.

German government backs draconian refugee “integration” law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016

The planned legislation does nothing to help refugees, but is instead an attack on basic democratic rights.

Dramatic rise in poverty among German retirees

By Sybille Fuchs, 21 April 2016

By 2030, almost half of all new retirees will face the threat of a pension at the level of Hartz IV social welfare.

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

“In my opinion you have an impressive president,” said Social Democratic Chairman Sigmar Gabriel, speaking in Cairo of the Egyptian despot Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

German Chancellor Merkel gives green light for prosecution of satirist Jan Böhmermann

By Peter Schwartz, 16 April 2016

The prosecution of Böhmermann for his denunciations of the Turkish president sets a precedent for censorship and political repression in Germany.

White Paper 2016: Blueprint for a new German police and military state

By Johannes Stern, 15 April 2016

The paper dispenses with the limitations imposed on German imperialism following its defeat in two world wars and amounts to a blueprint for a new German police and military state.

German undercover agent employed National Socialist Underground terrorists

By Dietmar Henning, 14 April 2016

A construction company belonging to an undercover government agent employed the National Socialist Underground terrorist Uwe Mundlos after his disappearance.

Behind the designation of Russia and China as “imperialist”: A case study in theoretical charlatanry

By Johannes Stern, 14 April 2016

The politically reactionary implications of the definition of Russia and China as imperialist powers are exposed by the positions of the German-based Revolutionary Communist International Tendency.

Steel day of action: IG Metall, employers and German government demand trade war

By our correspondents, 13 April 2016

The German metalworkers union IG Metall organised the rallies as a backdrop for management and government representatives to demand protective tariffs and trade war measures against China.

German military to station Heron drones in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2016

The defence minister’s visit to troops in Mali is part of the return to an aggressive foreign policy.

German report confirms poor die younger

By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2016

The link between income and “years lived in good health” is even clearer than the link between income and life expectancy.

Hans-Dietrich Genscher: Trailblazer for German great power politics

By Peter Schwarz, 2 April 2016

The former foreign minister and FDP chairman Hans-Dietrich Genscher died Thursday at age 89.

German army calls for domestic deployments

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2016

On the German army’s official website, CDU politician Rupert Scholz calls for a reform of the country’s constitution to enable the domestic deployment of the armed forces.

Marxism and the pseudo-left: David North interviewed at Leipzig Book Fair

1 April 2016

Following a presentation of the new German edition of The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left, North was interviewed by the newspaper Schattenblick on the theoretical and political issues addressed in his book.

Politicians and media promote far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2016

The friendly overtures extend from the Left Party to the Christian Democrats.

Germany’s Deutsche Bahn to slash 2,100 rail freight transport jobs

By Dietmar Henning, 29 March 2016

Works councillors and union functionaries have already indicated they are prepared to cooperate in implementing the cuts, the first step to a further wave of consolidations.

German government increases defence budget and plans massive rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 28 March 2016

Germany’s defence spending will grow by more than €10 billion by 2020, according to the government’s new budget plan.

After Brussels attacks, German politicians and media demand increased state powers

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2016

The German interior minister is using Tuesday’s attacks to press for further police powers in Germany and throughout Europe.

German Left Party leader’s plea for nationalism and the free market economy

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2016

In her book Wealth without Greed (Reichtum ohne Gier), the leading Left Party politician advocates a strong, protectionist, ethnically and linguistically homogeneous national state.

Electoral success of AfD strengthens far-right forces in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 24 March 2016

Seventy years after the collapse of the Nazi regime, Germany’s ruling elite is responding to the global economic crisis and the growing war drive by building a right-wing movement.

Germany’s Left Party favours coalition with conservative CDU

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2016

The Left Party's entreaties to form an alliance with the traditional right-wing party of postwar German capitalism makes clear its class character as a bourgeois political outfit.

Berlin senate speeds up deportations of refugees

By Carola Kleinert, 21 March 2016

The new refugee passport system serves above all to sort asylum seekers according to their national origin, religion and usefulness and to make faster deportations possible.

Germany: Siemens cuts another 2,500 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 March 2016

Siemens management announced the cutting of a further 2,500 jobs on March 9, with motor plants in Bavaria being hit hardest.

Refugees face death and despair on Greek-Macedonian border

By Katerina Selin, 17 March 2016

Shocking images from northern Greece expose the brutal nature of Europe’s refugee policy.

What is behind the electoral success of the Alternative for Germany?

By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2016

The Left Party created the conditions that enabled the right-wing nationalist AfD to tap into social frustration and anger and channel it in a reactionary direction.

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2016

In its latest lead article, Die Zeit calls for the West to intervene militarily in Libya under the guise of the fight against ISIS.

Public meeting at Leipzig Book Fair

The return of German militarism and the threat of World War III

14 March 2016

Mehring Books speakers will present the book Scholarship or War Propaganda at the Leipzig Book Fair, which begins this week.

German state elections: The repackaging of right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2016

Although all of the parties claim they will not collaborate with the far-right AfD, they have adopted its extreme right-wing programme.

What do the electoral gains of the right-wing Alternative for Germany signify?

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2016

The AfD, which achieved 13.2 percent of the vote in its first outing in the Hesse municipal elections, is a party created from above, not a movement from below.

Mass layoffs at Bombardier hit Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 10 March 2016

In Germany, the works council and IG Metall trade union are working hand-in-glove with management to implement job cuts.

Three men sentenced for petty crimes at New Year’s event in Cologne, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 8 March 2016

Two months after the New Year’s Eve events in Cologne, allegations of mass sexual assaults that day are increasingly being exposed as groundless.

Tensions rise at Franco-British and Franco-German summits

By Francis Dubois, 7 March 2016

The Amiens and Paris summits lay bare rising tensions inside Europe in the run-up to today's EU-Turkey summit on the escalating refugee and war crisis in Syria.

German parties shift to the right ahead of state elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 March 2016

Elections take place March 13 in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.

Report on German poverty refutes propaganda of social recovery

By Stefan Steele, 5 March 2016

Almost one in six in Germany were registered as poor in 2014.

German Constitutional Court considers banning neo-fascist NPD

By Peter Schwarz, 4 March 2016

Banning the NPD would not weaken, but rather strengthen, the extreme right.

German chancellor demands end to “waving refugees through the borders”

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2016

At a press conference with the Croatian prime minister, Merkel attacked refugees with a brutality typically associated with her right-wing critics.

German Left Party strives for coalition with Social Democrats and Greens in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2016

Having shared power in coalition with the SPD in Berlin between 2001 and 2011 and overseen a social catastrophe, the Left Party is now preparing to carry out similar policies in a new coalition with the SPD and Greens.

German parliament adopts anti-democratic “Asylum Package II”

By Verena Nees, 2 March 2016

The new package of measures agreed in Germany fundamentally restricts the right to asylum and robs a section of the population of democratic rights.

German Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy and the call for a European army

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 March 2016

On one of the Sunday talk shows on German television, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated her opposition to a change in course on refugee policy.