Germany

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2015

The anniversary’s observance was overshadowed by a new drive toward world war and the threat of historic crimes to come.

German Social Democratic leader enters into discussions with Pegida

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 January 2015

The head of the Social Democratic Party has provided the right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement with official recognition.

Berlin mayor resigns: The end of the era

By Emma Bode and Verena Nees, 27 January 2015

The tenure of Klaus Wowereit was marked by sharp social divisions, growing poverty and the further enrichment of the city’s already wealthy ruling elite.

German corporations call for new forms of workplace exploitation

By Dietmar Henning, 26 January 2015

Corporations and government institutions in Germany have called for a “fourth industrial revolution” based on at-will employment.

Boko Haram and the return of German imperialism to Africa

By Johannes Stern, 22 January 2015

Earlier this week, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced German support for the fight against Boko Haram in West and Central Africa.

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will have one seat in the student parliament. The ballots were tabulated late Wednesday night following voting that was held over two days.

German media and politicians promote right-wing, anti-Muslim Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 21 January 2015

A leading commentator in the German media has proposed that the slogan “We are Pegida” be placed alongside “I am Charlie” as part of a campaign to promote the right-wing movement.

German IYSSE meeting series ends with discussion on historical falsification and the universities

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The final meeting of the IYSSE at Humboldt University in this year’s student parliament election campaign took place on Monday.

Humboldt University discussion: “The Charlie Hebdo campaign is being used to suppress freedom of speech”

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The comprehensive report and discussion at the IYSSE’s final election meeting at Humboldt University encouraged several participants to speak out afterwards.

German TV documentary on the hunt for Edward Snowden

By Johann Müller, 21 January 2015

The programme details Snowden’s persecution by the US authorities and his search for a country that would grant him asylum.

German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2015

The German ruling elite is using the Charlie Hebdo affair to advance an agenda it has long been preparing: the dismantling of democratic rights and Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.

Germany: Refugee murdered after anti-immigrant demonstration

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 January 2015

20-year-old Khaled Idris Bahray was beaten to death outside his apartment in Dresden.

100,000 protest against Pegida in Germany

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 15 January 2015

While the German media reported that the demonstration held Monday by Pegida was the largest thus far, its opponents held far bigger rallies.

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

By Andre Damon and Jesse Olsen, 13 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Humboldt University is running in the upcoming student elections against the drive to turn the university into a center of war propaganda.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 13 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

German reaction to Paris shootings: State build-up and anti-Muslim agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 January 2015

The German political establishment and media have exploited widespread outrage and shock resulting from the Paris attacks for their own reactionary political goals.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

Germany’s Social Democrats announce new round of social attacks

By Dietmar Henning, 10 January 2015

Two SPD ministers in Merkel’s grand coalition government defended the Hartz IV welfare reforms in a recent commentary.

Leading German historian Hermann Weber dies

By Wolfgang Weber, 10 January 2015

The World Socialist Web Site is reposting an interview it conducted with the noted German historian Hermann Weber in November of 2011.

Pegida and the German government’s campaign for militarism

By Christoph Dreier, 9 January 2015

On Monday, approximately 15,000 people took part in the right-wing, anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations in Dresden, Germany.

Leading Nazi worked for Germany’s post-war intelligence service for 13 years

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 January 2015

A fanatical, high-ranking Nazi contributed to building Germany’s post-war intelligence service.

IYSSE at Humboldt University begins seminars on the return of German militarism

By our reporters, 7 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is sponsoring a series of lectures at Berlin”s Humboldt University and is running in the student union election to oppose German militarism.

German government threatens to force Greece out of euro zone

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2015

German leaders are threatening Greece with an exit from the euro zone if the new government does not uphold the agreements reached with the European Union.

Germany: Ten years of Hartz IV welfare cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 6 January 2015

The Hartz IV legislation of 2005 began the most destructive attack on the German social welfare system since the end of World War II.

German army and intelligence service complicit in US drone killings

By Johannes Stern, 5 January 2015

Secret documents reveal that a German commander personally selected targets for US drone killings in Afghanistan.

Pegida and the rightward shift in German politics

By Christoph Dreier, 3 January 2015

The right-wing movement "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" (Pegida) was largely manufactured by the establishment parties and the media.

As Greek government collapses, Berlin demands more austerity

By Christoph Dreier, 30 December 2014

German political and business figures responded aggressively to the failure to elect a Greek president, making clear they will give no ground on austerity policies.

Investigation into 1980 Munich Oktoberfest bombing reopened

By Dietmar Henning, 29 December 2014

There is considerable evidence linking the bomb attack at the 1980 Oktoberfest to the combined activities of the German state and various right-wing terrorist groups.

Germany: Tens of thousands protest against ultra-right Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 27 December 2014

Thousands of supporters of the right-wing extremist Pegida movement gathered at a demonstration in Dresden on Monday. Thousands more protested in counter-demonstrations in other cities.

IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history

27 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues.

What is behind the German media’s condemnation of CIA torture?

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2014

Calls are mounting in the media and the political establishment demanding that Germany pursue its imperialist interests more independently from the US.

German public broadcaster criticised over biased report on Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 20 December 2014

A German ombudsman has accused a TV report of displaying an ignorance of history, adopting uncritically the views of Ukrainian nationalists and neglecting to mention the Nazi past of an interviewee.

German defence minister visits the frontline in Afghanistan

By Wolfgang Weber, 20 December 2014

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen warned against an “abrupt withdrawal” of NATO forces from Afghanistan.

German establishment spawns right-wing Pegida movement

By Christoph Dreier, 19 December 2014

The anti-immigrant Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West (Pegida) demonstrations are the product of a systematic campaign by politicians and the media.

Edward Snowden denied entry by German Constitutional Court

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2014

The ruling underlines the fact that the German ruling elite will not hesitate to collaborate in Snowden’s arrest and extradition to the US.

German court stops prosecution of SS soldier involved in French war crime

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 17 December 2014

A Cologne court announced it will not initiate proceedings against a man who was part of an SS regiment that murdered the inhabitants of a French village in 1944.

Xenophobic campaign in Germany leads to burning of refugee homes

By Christoph Dreier, 17 December 2014

Right-wing gangs are being encouraged by the reactionary immigration policies of the government and leading politicians.

Germany: The reactionary programme of the organisations backing “Winter of Peace”

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 December 2014

There can be no doubt that many right-wingers are active in Germany’s so-called new peace movement, and increasingly set the tone.

Ten thousand take part in right-wing demonstration in Dresden

By Peter Schwarz, 12 December 2014

The Pegida Demonstrations are aimed at directing growing social tensions into reactionary channels and building a fascist movement.

Germany: First-ever Left Party state minister president

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2014

The Left party is to be integrated into the programme of social attacks and the build-up of the military in preparation for its participation in a future federal government.

German government attacks rights of asylum seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 December 2014

The core of the new law is the criminalisation of refugees, who can be arrested at any time in the future, and the elimination of obstacles to deportation.

British and German youth orchestras celebrate 100 years of jazz

By Barbara Slaughter, 11 December 2014

These talented young musicians came together to celebrate “Freedom and Friendship: A Century of Jazz.”

German elite divided over policy toward Russia and the US

By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2014

Last Friday, 60 prominent figures from German politics, economics, culture and the media published a sharp criticism of the policy of the German government towards Russia.

Germany: Trial of anti-Nazi pastor ends in compromise

By Martin Novak, 10 December 2014

The Dresden district court decided to abandon the prosecution of pastor Lothar König after a year-long break in proceedings.

Germany: GM Opel plant closure exposes bankruptcy of IG Metall

By Dietmar Henning, 8 December 2014

The first closure of an auto plant in German postwar history has been facilitated by the IG Metall engineering union.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s great power speech to big business

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2014

In his opening speech at the SZ Economic Summit, the foreign minister appealed to business heads to support Germany’s ambitions to be a global power.

Lufthansa pilots in Germany walk out again

By Dietmar Henning, 4 December 2014

Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages.

Debate in Germany over euthanasia

By Sibylle Fuchs, 4 December 2014

Against a background of widespread poverty among the elderly, the debate over euthanasia is centered on eliminating care rather than providing compassionate treatment.

Party leader boasts: German Left Party more pro-business than the CDU

By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2014

In an interview with a major German newspaper, Left Party leader Bodo Ramelow boasted that his party was better prepared to push through anti-working class policies than the conservative CDU.

Munich police evict refugees from protest camp

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 December 2014

Refugee protests have been met with violence from Munich police.

The German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit answers the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s defense of Jörg Baberowski

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 3 December 2014

Claims of “defamation” are refuted by Baberowski’s own words.

German parliament passes austerity budget

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 December 2014

Finance Minister Schäuble’s austerity diktats and the Left Party’s call for investment programmes are only the right and left boot of capitalist exploitation.

German welfare “reforms” promote virtual slave labour

By Dietmar Henning, 1 December 2014

The Hartz welfare and labour “reforms” and the enlargement of the EU have created conditions in which hundreds of thousands of workers are exploited as virtual slaves.

For scholarship instead of war propaganda

IYSSE standing candidates in student elections at Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 1 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality is placing at the center of its campaign the struggle against war and opposition to attempts to transform Humboldt University into a center of militarism.

German constitutional court increases the power of the church

By Justus Leicht, 29 November 2014

The federal court declared legal the dismissal of the chief doctor of internal medicine at a Catholic hospital on the grounds that the church has the “right of self-determination.”

The reactionary politics of German Greens on display at party congress

By Dietmar Henning, 28 November 2014

The Green Party congress marked the end of the period in which its petty-bourgeois identity politics could pose as progressive or even leftist.

Humboldt University seeks to ban criticism of right-wing professor

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and IYSSE of Germany

27 November 2014

Humboldt University in Berlin has publicly attacked the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality for criticizing the right-wing political views and activities of the historian Jörg Baberowski.

Why do the German elites want war?

SEP meeting and discussion in Stuttgart

By our correspondents, 27 November 2014

The question of why the socialist movement was not able to prevent the outbreak of the First World War provoked an important discussion at the meeting.

Franco-German reform plan calls for deep social cuts, wage freeze in France

By Kumaran Ira, 26 November 2014

France and Germany are proposing a joint economic reform plan with deep social cuts and flexible labour rules in favour of big business.

Germany: ThyssenKrupp returns to profitability and steps up its cuts program

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 26 November 2014

ThyssenKrupp is using the international economic crisis to drastically intensify the exploitation of its workforce.

“Red-Red-Green” coalition in Thuringia: Welfare cuts and heightened state powers

By Christoph Dreier, 25 November 2014

With a ruthless austerity policy in Thuringia, the Left Party intends to show its readiness to take on ministerial positions in the federal government.

German army opens “career centre” in the heart of Berlin

By Katerina Selin, 24 November 2014

The Berlin Career Centre is aimed at once again making militarism a visible part of German social life.

German Greens parade pro-business, pro-war credentials

By Dietmar Henning, 22 November 2014

The Greens aim to become the favoured party of German big business.

German military to lead NATO rapid response force

By Philipp Frisch, 20 November 2014

The German military is playing a central role in NATO’s aggressive military build-up against Russia.

Merkel’s “Hun Speech” against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2014

In Sydney, Australia, the German chancellor accused Russia of a massive breach of international law in order to justify her own aggressive war policy.

Witness implicates German intelligence agency at neo-Nazi murder trial

By Sven Heymanns, 17 November 2014

New courtroom testimony confirms that the Thuringian intelligence agency aided and abetted neo-Nazis.

German intelligence agency plans major expansion of spying powers

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2014

In an attempt to catch up with US and UK spy agencies, the BND is implementing a major upgrade.

German train drivers face political struggle

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 November 2014

By shutting down the train drivers strike, the leadership of the GDL union signaled its readiness to collaborate with the government.

German army prepares for civil war

By Denis Krassnin, 13 November 2014

Four hundred military and arms experts from 40 countries discussed the suppression of uprisings and other forms of civil war at a three-day conference held in Berlin in October.

Anderson: Artists and the Stasi in Stalinist East Germany

By Bernd Reinhardt, 12 November 2014

Annekatrin Hendel’s documentary focuses on Sascha Anderson, an artist and spy for the Stalinist secret police.

German NATO general announces plans for military maneuvers against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2014

Seventy-five years after the beginning of World War II, the German general staff is once again preparing for war with Russia.

German GDL union shuts down train drivers’ strike

By our correspondents, 10 November 2014

The strike, which interrupted two-thirds of the country’s rail transport, was shut down even as the courts refused to grant Deustche Bahn a back-to-work order.

German train drivers continue strike

By our correspondents, 8 November 2014

Along with freight service, passenger service has been affected by the strike since Thursday.

Germany: Left Party attacks striking train drivers

By Johannes Stern, 8 November 2014

The statements by the party chairman and its daily newspaper make clear where the Left Party stands in the escalating conflict—not on the side of the workers, but in solidarity with the German government.

Twenty five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: A balance sheet

By Peter Schwarz, 8 November 2014

Contrary to the official myths, the initiative to restore capitalism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe came from the ruling Stalinist bureaucracy itself.

The death of German writer Siegfried Lenz (1926-2014)

By Sybille Fuchs, 8 November 2014

Lenz, who died October 7 at the age of 88, was one of the most widely read figures in postwar German literature.

Further job cuts in European auto industry

By Jan Peters, 7 November 2014

Thousands of job cuts are taking place at major assembly plants and in the parts industry.

German train drivers strike in first day

By our correspondents, 7 November 2014

There is widespread support among passengers and coworkers for the train drivers strike.

Trade unions and media denounce German train drivers

By Dietmar Henning, 6 November 2014

The current strike was provoked in order to make an example of train drivers and set a precedent for attacking the rights of all workers.

German labour minister presents legislation on comprehensive pay agreements

By Dietmar Henning, 5 November 2014

In future, the major German trade unions are to decide if and when a strike can go ahead.

13 million in Germany at risk for poverty

By Gustav Kemper, 31 October 2014

While the fear of sliding into poverty is growing in ever-broader circles of the population, the top 10 percent can look forward to expanding income and wealth.

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!"