German union IG Metall holds one-day protests against short-term contracts

By Gustav Kemper, 3 October 2015

IG Metall, which is directly integrated into management, is fully aware of and tacitly accepts the practice.

German academic Jörg Baberowski stirs up hatred against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2015

In a manner typical of the radical right, Baberowski attempts to incite the poorest layers of society against immigrants.

German parliament prepares crackdown on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 October 2015

The draconian proposals would slash social assistance to migrants and expedite deportations.

The fall of Kunduz: A debacle for German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2015

The seizure of the city of Kunduz by the Taliban has prompted calls for delaying the withdrawal of German forces from Afghanistan.

German court clears the way for military deployments without parliamentary approval

By Sonja Bach, 1 October 2015

The ruling lays the foundation for further worldwide interventions of the German military.

German president stirs up public opinion against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 30 September 2015

President Joachim Gauck regards the refugee crisis, brought about by Western war policy, as an opportunity to continue Germany’s imperialist course.

German ruling party lauds Hungarian Premier Orban

By Markus Salzmann, 30 September 2015

The repulsive policy of the CSU stands in stark contrast to the wave of sympathy for refugees among the population.

German government and EU Commission complicit in Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 29 September 2015

The leadership of the Volkswagen group, the German government and the EU Commission knew about the manipulation of emissions readings in diesel vehicles for years.

Germany: Ver.di union delegates re-elect chairman despite sellouts

By Dietmar Henning, 29 September 2015

The Ver.di leadership is haunted by the prospect of younger layers of workers turning away from the unions and escaping their control.

German federal and state governments agree on hardline approach to refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2015

At a refugee conference in Berlin, additional countries were declared to be safe countries of origin, and welfare benefits were sharply reduced for refugees.

The political issues in the Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2015

The systematic fraud at VW is an expression of the irrationality of the economic and social system in which the corporation operates.

US stations new nuclear weapons in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2015

The new B 61-12 nuclear bombs to be stationed at the Büchel air base combined have 80 times the explosive power of the nuclear bomb exploded in Hiroshima.

EU adopts plan to keep out refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 September 2015

The purpose of the new refugee quota system is to staunch the influx of migrants, expedite their deportation and seal off the EU’s external borders.

German Left Party leaders welcome Syriza election victory

By Sven Heymanns, 23 September 2015

The enthusiasm with which the Left Party supports Syriza illustrates that the savage assault on the working class is not just a Greek issue, but rather an international social and political phenomenon.

German interior minister plans abolition of right to asylum

By Dietmar Henning, 22 September 2015

Germany’s interior minister and the EU heads of government intend to adopt new measures against refugees this week.

France to close borders, Germany to cut benefits as refugee crisis escalates

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015

The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Hungarian border police fire tear gas and water cannon at refugees

By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2015

Whatever official criticisms are levelled against Hungary, all of the major European powers are responding in a similarly brutal fashion.

German politicians and media promote military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 17 September 2015

Germany’s elite are using the refugee crisis in Europe to intensify their campaign for war.

The Socialist Equality Party of Germany reviews the lessons of Greece

By Marianne Arens, 17 September 2015

The PSG held a successful series of meetings on the lessons of the crisis in Greece in Leipzig and Bochum, with a final meeting in Frankfurt last Sunday.

German ruling elite reacts nervously to Corbyn election in UK

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 September 2015

The German elite is afraid of the growth of left-wing sentiments in broad layers of the population, revealed by the vote in Britain for Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election.

Rallies in Europe and Australia in defence of refugees

By our reporters, 14 September 2015

Hundreds of thousands rallied over the weekend to support the democratic rights of refugees and to protest right-wing policies of governments throughout the world.

German newspaper close to the Left Party slanders refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2015

The newspaper Junge Welt has called solidarity with the refugees a “marketing tool” of German business.

German pilots struggle: The right to strike requires a socialist perspective

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 September 2015

The decision of the labor court in the German state of Hessian to forbid Lufthansa pilots from striking is an attack on the right to strike directed against all workers.

EU prepares plan to turn away masses of refugees from Europe

By Alex Lantier, 10 September 2015

The European Union intends to spend much less than far poorer Middle Eastern countries on the refugee crisis caused by NATO wars in Libya and Syria.

German court declares pilots strike illegal, forcing return to work

By Dietmar Henning, 10 September 2015

The court action, which follows entirely the arguments of Lufthansa, is a deeply undemocratic decision that effectively abolishes the right to strike.

Desperate refugees storm registration office in Berlin

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 September 2015

“They force me to wait over a month to register my claim to asylum. It is no way to treat a fellow human being.”

German government tightens measures against refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2015

The grand coalition has made it clear that the admission of 20,000 refugees from Hungary was a one-time exception.

Refugees greeted in Germany with a wave of solidarity

By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015

WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.

Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.

PSG campaigns throughout Germany for public meetings on the crisis in Greece

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

The balance sheet of the Syriza government, which is implementing unprecedented austerity measures, has been the subject of intense discussions during the campaign.

EU powers treat refugees as pawns

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2015

In a sordid competition, almost all EU countries have tightened their asylum laws and repressive measures against refugees seeking escape from war-ravaged countries.

Germany’s middle class shrinks

By Dietmar Henning, 4 September 2015

In spite of higher employment numbers, the German middle class shrank from 56 to 48 percent of the population between 1992 and 2013.

German chancellor feigns sympathy for refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2015

The policy of the German government is characterised by a disregard for refugees fleeing for their lives from the war zones in the Middle East and Africa.

German Left Party leader proposes separating refugees according to ethnicity

By our correspondent, 2 September 2015

By declaring conflicts to be the result of ethnic differences, the Left Party diverts attention from the intolerable conditions in refugee camps and encourages xenophobia.

German defence minister exploits refugee crisis to strengthen military

By Wolfgang Weber, 1 September 2015

Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away.

German interior minister plans further attacks on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2015

A day before German leaders shed crocodile tears over the ongoing refugee crisis, interior minister de Maizière proposed legislative measures to reduce immigration into the country.

Herfried Münkler declares Germany to be Europe’s “hegemon”

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2015

While the professor declared in July that Germany had to form a “core Europe” together with France, he has now apparently reached the conclusion that Germany alone must dominate the continent.

German politicians and the media push for new wars in Africa

By Christoph Dreier, 27 August 2015

Various media outlets have spoken out in recent days for military interventions in Africa to enforce German economic interests.

Attacks on refugee camp encouraged by German government’s right-wing policies

By Christoph Dreier, 26 August 2015

Officials shedding crocodile tears over right-wing violence cannot disguise the fact that the right-wing policies of the German government have contributed to the attacks.

German and French leaders meet in Berlin summit on refugee crisis

By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2015

Amidst the greatest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, the French and German governments are planning a drastic clampdown on immigrants.

German Left Party leader backs sellout by Ver.di trade union

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 August 2015

Following the nursery workers' rejection of the arbitration decision to end their strike, Ver.di is receiving help from the Left Party to restore control over the situation.

German parliamentary committee demands increase in military budget

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015

The German establishment’s war policies are being developed in close collaboration with the Left Party and the trade unions.

War-mongering against Russia by the German parliament’s official newspaper

By Christoph Dreier, 21 August 2015

The official newspaper of Germany’s parliament has combined foul anti-Russian propaganda with an unbelievable falsification of history in regard to the Second World War.

German “democrat” Heribert Prantl lauds vote on austerity for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2015

Heribert Prantl of the Süddeutsche Zeitung praised the Bundestag debate on the Greek austerity measures as “highly refreshing for parliamentary democracy.”

German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015

One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.

German parliament votes by a large majority for Greek austerity plan

By Peter Schwarz, 20 August 2015

The surrender by the Syriza government in Greece has clearly strengthened the Merkel government in Germany and the drive for austerity policies throughout Europe.

European parliaments move to back austerity measures for Greece

By Peter Schwarz, 19 August 2015

There is no serious opposition in a single European parliament to the brutal cuts being imposed on Greece, which mean untold misery for millions of workers and youth.

Corruption and bankruptcy at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport

By Gustav Kemper, 17 August 2015

Public prosecutors are investigating construction company Imtech on suspicion of embezzlement, bribery, price-fixing and false accounting.

Germany: No confidence vote against Ver.di union in day care dispute

By Marianne Arens, 17 August 2015

The rejection of the arbitration decision in the day care strike amounts to a rebellion by workers against the Ver.di union leadership.

German companies profit from the new “refugee industry”

By Sven Heymann, 14 August 2015

Thousands of people who seek refuge in Germany from poverty, war and dictatorship find catastrophic conditions upon their arrival.

German government supports ThyssenKrupp in fight to secure submarine contract in Australia

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 August 2015

The German armaments corporation ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is competing for an Australian contract for submarines worth billions of euros.

German news anchor’s anti-racist comments conceal the real issues

By Christoph Dreier, 13 August 2015

Anja Reschke’s commentary deflects attention away from those genuinely responsible—the government, mainstream politicians and the media itself.

Two types of visitors: Germany applies different standards to dictators and their victims

By Ute Reissner, 13 August 2015

Hundreds of refugees, many from the Middle East, have been camped out in searing heat in front of the main refugee centre in Berlin.

Who is the new German Attorney General Peter Frank?

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 August 2015

The new attorney general will oversee the attack on democratic rights, an expansion of the security apparatus and the creation of the framework of a police state in Germany.

Germany: Layoffs at gourmet chain Karstadt/Perfetto

By Jan Peters and Marianne Arens, 12 August 2015

German department store group Karstadt is closing more branches and sacking hundreds of staff.

German economy minister celebrates the expansion of the Suez Canal

By Johannes Stern, 11 August 2015

The German elites are enamored with Egypt's dictatorship, which drowned the Egyptian revolution in blood and is creating attractive conditions for international finance capital.

Volkswagen and IG Metall union plan massive job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 10 August 2015

The world’s second largest automaker is preparing to destroy the jobs and living standards of thousands of workers in Germany and internationally.

On the death of German multi-billionairess Johanna Quandt

By Verena Nees, 10 August 2015

The billions which the BMW heiress left to her children came largely from looted Jewish assets and the exploitation of forced labor and concentration camp prisoners under the Nazis.

Background to the government attack on

German court in 1992 upheld 1931 treason conviction of Carl von Ossietzky

By Andreas Kunstmann, 8 August 2015

The BGH judges in 1992 made the decisive factor the legal opinion of judges who later became supporters of the Nazi state.

The sacking of the German attorney general and the assault on press freedom

By Peter Schwarz, 7 August 2015

The events that led to the dismissal of the German Attorney General Harald Range show the true extent of the preparations to erect an authoritarian state.

German army peddles propaganda at heavy metal concert

By Gustav Kemper, 6 August 2015

In order to boost its flagging recruitment campaign, the German army has intensified its attempt to reach the “heart of society.”

Germany takes over military training operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 August 2015

The German defense minister’s recent visit to Africa is part of the country’s scramble for the continent’s resources.

Calls for deployment of German army to deal with refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 4 August 2015

A leading Social Democrat has called for the army to operate German refugee reception centres.

German-US tensions intensify following Turkish attack on Kurdish minority

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 August 2015

The latest edition of Die Zeit warns that Obama’s policy could lead to a direct military confrontation between the US and Syria, in turn risking military conflict with Russia and Iran.

German federal prosecutor investigates blog for treason

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2015

If a similar procedure were implemented in the US it would mean that any journalist who wrote on the material exposed by Edward Snowden would be liable for prosecution.

German pilots’ union capitulates to Lufthansa

By Dietmar Henning, 31 July 2015

The cockpit union has sold out the pilots, giving the company even more than it was demanding, including raising the retirement age and cutting costs.

German union manipulates balloting in child care worker strike

By Marianne Arens, 31 July 2015

Ver.di is making a desperate attempt to prevent the rejection of a miserable contract by postponing the membership vote until the middle of vacation season.

Television programme shows how German companies benefit from privatisation in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The “Trust Fund” is the centrepiece of the EU’s new austerity programme and is aimed at plundering the Greek economy.

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting in Berlin on Syriza and the crisis in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The meeting put forward the position that the defence of the working class in Greece requires a united struggle by the entire European working class against austerity.

“We need a revolution”

Workers in Berlin speak out on the crisis in Greece

By our reporters, 29 July 2015

In discussions with German workers and youth, PSG supporters found widespread solidarity with the Greek population and opposition to the policies of the German government.

German economics minister rushes to exploit business opportunities in Iran

By Johannes Stern, 27 July 2015

Berlin’s scramble to dominate exploitation of the Iranian economy is another move in German imperialism’s return to the world stage.

Siemens boss Joe Kaeser calls for strong “leadership” and glorifies a dictator

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 July 2015

The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.

Widespread solidarity in Berlin with Greek workers

By Marianne Arens and Désirée Müller, 25 July 2015

Workers repeatedly declared their opposition to the policies of the German government and compared them to actions taken during the darkest chapters of German history.

Growing income inequality in Germany

By Denis Krasnin, 24 July 2015

A new report shows that 40 percent of the population has experienced a four percent drop in its income since 2000.

The German Left Party defends Syriza’s betrayal

By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2015

The actions of Syriza in Greece have laid bare the thoroughly anti-working-class and pro-imperialist character of its political partners—in particular Podemos in Spain and the Left Party in Germany.

German politicians agitate against immigrants

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 23 July 2015

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for further restrictions on refugees and demanded that already meager benefits be cut.

The return of the “German question”

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2015

The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.

After Berlin dictates EU bailout of Greece

French ruling elite debates how to deal with Germany

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 21 July 2015

While the French bourgeoisie supports harsh attacks on Greek workers, it is shocked by Berlin’s threat to unilaterally expel Greece from the euro zone.

Frankfurt university winds down research on National Socialism

By Marianne Arens, 21 July 2015

The attacks against National Socialism research are linked to the revival of German militarism and the aggressive foreign policy of the German government.

German parliament supports attacks on Greek workers

By Peter Schwarz, 18 July 2015

By a large majority, the German parliament has backed austerity measures that mean the impoverishment of the Greek people and the plundering of the country’s resources.

Racism and arrogance: Anti-Greek agitation in the German media

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2015

The German media’s anti-Greek agitation brings to mind the darkest period of German history.

Auschwitz bookkeeper Gröning sentenced to four years in prison

By Sybille Fuchs, 18 July 2015

For decades, the German judicial system showed little interest in prosecuting those who participated in the murder machinery of the Nazis.

German auto workers condemn austerity deal imposed on Greece

By our correspondents, 17 July 2015

Workers at GM-Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant denounced the brutal austerity measures imposed on Greece last weekend by the German government.

German academics, generals promote military build-up and war

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2015

A high-profile panel discussion on “hybrid war” in Berlin last week shed light on the debates currently taking place within ruling circles in Germany.

Syrian refugees speak about their protest in Dortmund, Germany

By our correspondents, 16 July 2015

WSWS reporters spoke to refugees from Syria who have been protesting for two months to secure the right to asylum denied by the German government.

Documentary examines unanswered questions about the National Socialist Underground

By Dietmar Henning, 15 July 2015

German broadcaster 3sat recently aired a film reviewing a spate of suspicious deaths connected to the neo-Nazi NSU organization.

Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 July 2015

The PSG (Socialist Equality Party) in Germany calls on workers throughout Europe to declare their solidarity with the workers in Greece and resist the German government and EU.

German SPD’s new program: Racism and law and order

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 July 2015

The new SPD strategy paper stresses that concerns about “foreign infiltration” must be taken seriously and calls for “zero tolerance for crime and violence.”

Germany: Outokumpu steel plant closes in Bochum

By Philipp Frisch, 10 July 2015

The shutting of the plant followed a well-known script, with the unions seeking to keep employees quiet with vague promises of job security, while the plant was closed in installments.

German Ver.di trade union sells out postal workers strike

By Gustav Kemper, 9 July 2015

After a four-week strike and a high degree of militancy by German postal workers, the Verdi trade union has accepted a contract that is directly opposed to workers’ interests.

Students at Berlin’s Free University pass motion criticising right-wing Humboldt University professors

By our correspondents, 8 July 2015

The unanimous adoption of the resolution by students at a second renowned Berlin university is a blow against historical revisionists and the entire German ruling elite.

German government further restricts right to asylum

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 7 July 2015

The German parliament passed a law July 2 that further criminalizes refugees.

The Nazi past of Germany’s post-war political elite

By Verena Nees, 7 July 2015

The Brown Book continues to be a crucial source for the exposure of Nazism in German political and military circles.

Ver.di ends strike at Berlin’s Charité hospital

By Markus Salzmann, 6 July 2015

The Ver.di trade union is fraudulently celebrating the agreement at the Charité as a great breakthrough.

German train drivers’ union agrees to strike ban effective until 2020

By Dietmar Henning, 4 July 2015

Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract.

Trial of Auschwitz guard continues in Germany

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 2 July 2015

The indictment of former SS member Oskar Gröning charges him with acting as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people.

Germany: IG Metall union suppresses opposition at ThyssenKrupp

By Dietmar Henning, 1 July 2015

IG Metall at Thyssen Krupp is trying to stifle all opposition and erect a sophisticated system aimed at policing workers at the factory.

German army expands its tank battalions targeting Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 June 2015

German politicians and media leave no doubt about the target of the army’s new IFV and combat tanks.

German army targets youth with war propaganda

By Franzi Vier, 29 June 2015

In images from armed forces day, children clamber on tanks, sit in military helicopters and hold anti-tank weapons in their hand.