Germany

Crisis at Germany’s Deutsche Bank intensifies

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 September 2016

Following the plunge in Deutsche Bank’s share price to its lowest level since 1983, Germany’s second largest bank, Kommerzbank, has announced a major restructuring.

SPD, Left Party and Greens commence coalition talks after Berlin election

By Christoph Vandreier, 29 September 2016

The task of a “red-red-green” coalition will be to step up the right-wing policies of boosting state powers, attacking refugees and slashing social programs.

Britain attacks plans for European military union at Bratislava summit

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 28 September 2016

British officials see German and French plans to militarise the European Union as an intolerable threat to the NATO alliance and Europe's relations with the United States.

Deutsche Bank plunge sparks talk of “Lehman moment”

By Nick Beams, 27 September 2016

The turmoil surrounding Deutsche Bank is only the sharpest expression of a crisis gripping the whole of the European banking system.

German Left Party on a war footing for participation in federal government

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2016

The Left Party has reacted to the recent Berlin state election with a sharp shift to the right.

Germany: Green-conservative coalition in Baden-Württemberg backs domestic army operations

By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 24 September 2016

The coalition under Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Thomas Strobl (CDU) has become a spearhead of militarism, austerity and attacks on refugees.

SPD continues talks with the Left Party, Greens about next Berlin Senate

By Christoph Vandreier, 24 September 2016

The Social Democratic Party (SPD), Greens and Left Party have left it in no doubt that a so-called “red-red-green” Senate would pursue an extremely right-wing agenda.

Germany and France press ahead with a European military union

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016

A joint paper by the German and French defence ministers calls for the development of an independent European military and great power policy.

German foreign minister calls for no-fly zone over Syria

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016

A no-fly zone enforced by the US, Germany or other NATO powers would not be a peace initiative, but rather the prelude to a vast escalation of the Western-incited war for regime change in Syria.

The significance of the PSG’s election campaign in Berlin

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 September 2016

Workers will rapidly come into conflict with the social attacks carried out by a red-red-green coalition and the further preparations for war.

German supermarket chain to be broken up with thousands of jobs lost

By Marianne Arens, 22 September 2016

The trade unions and the SPD have given their seal of approval to the destruction of jobs, wages and workers’ rights in the store chain merger.

After the Berlin state election

German government steps up anti-refugee agitation

By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her party’s historic low in the Berlin state election to distance herself from the so-called “welcoming culture.”

What is the significance of a red-red-green coalition in Berlin?

By Christoph Vandreier, 20 September 2016

The Left Party, Greens and Social Democrats are moving to form a coalition in the aftermath of Sunday’s state elections in Berlin.

Germany: Right-wing mob hounds refugees in Bautzen, Saxony

By Katerina Selin, 20 September 2016

The right-wing politics of all the establishment parties are encouraging far-right forces to carry out open violence against refugees.

Berlin election results show growing anger towards establishment parties

By Johannes Stern, 19 September 2016

All of the main parties in the Berlin state House of Representatives elections represent the same right-wing, anti-social programme.

Young Euro Classic: International music festival in shadow of European Union crisis

By Verena Nees, 19 September 2016

The summer music festival was held in Berlin for the seventeenth time and attracted an audience of 26,000 to the Berlin concert hall at the Gendarmenmarkt.

The international significance of the Berlin election

By Peter Schwarz, 17 September 2016

Amid the widespread discrediting of the established political parties, the German ruling class is contemplating the formation of a “Red-Red-Green” government to suppress opposition to militarism and austerity.

SEP candidate prevented from speaking at tenants’ meeting in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 17 September 2016

A candidate of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit was barred from speaking because he intended to criticise the privatisation policy of the Left Party and the SPD.

PSG holds successful final election meeting in Berlin

By our correspondents, 17 September 2016

Speakers outlined a socialist program to unite the struggle against war with the fight against social inequality, the strengthening of the state apparatus and xenophobia.

Child poverty continues to grow in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2016

No other city has as many impoverished children or young people as Berlin.

Right-wing campaign after anti-terror operation in Germany

By Katerina Selin, 16 September 2016

The arrest of three terrorist suspects in Schleswig-Holstein was immediately seized upon by politicians and the media to encourage xenophobic sentiments and call for a strong state.

Berlin election: Pseudo-left supports right-wing election campaign of the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 15 September 2016

The Revolutionary Internationalist Organisation and Socialist Alternative are backing a so-called red-red-green coalition, pledged to austerity and anti-immigrant policies.

Germany, France propose EU military alliance before post-Brexit summit

By Alex Lantier, 13 September 2016

In response to Brexit, Berlin and Paris aim to transform the EU into a military alliance capable of waging major wars abroad and large-scale repression at home.

German government plans massive expansion of spy services

By Sven Heymann, 13 September 2016

The strengthening of the German intelligence agencies is part of a comprehensive buildup of the state apparatus at home and abroad.

German weekly Die Zeit defends Al Qaeda

By Peter Schwarz, 13 September 2016

Die Zeit is angry that the Russian-American accord on Syria instructs the “moderate rebels” to distance themselves from Al Qaeda.

“The danger of a third world war was never as great as it is today”

PSG candidate in Berlin election speaks on German television

By our correspondents, 12 September 2016

Christoph Vandreier made clear that the PSG is the only party in the Berlin Senate election campaign drawing attention to the war danger and mobilising the working class against it.

Working conditions worsen in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 10 September 2016

Working conditions in Germany have worsened significantly. Evening, night and weekend work as well as both paid and unpaid overtime are on the rise.

German army steps up military intervention in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2016

According to media reports, the German army will massively expand its presence at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey.

Appeal by Berlin Senate candidate Andy Niklaus: Workers need their own party!

By Andy Niklaus, 9 September 2016

Andy Niklaus has worked for the Berlin Transport Company for 25 years and is running as a candidate of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in the Berlin Senate elections on September 18.

The repulsive spectacle of the Berlin Senate election television debate

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 September 2016

The debate took place Tuesday night between the leading candidates for multiple parties standing in the election to the Berlin Senate on September 18.

“Stand Up against Racism”: A right-wing alliance in support of an SPD/Left Party/Green coalition government

By Katerina Selin, 8 September 2016

A few thousand demonstrators gathered last Saturday at Adenauerplatz in Berlin to drum up support for a Social Democrat/LeftParty/Green coalition government.

SPD right-wing politician Thilo Sarrazin praises Left Party budget cuts

By Endrik Bastian, 7 September 2016

The former finance senator for the state of Berlin praised his cooperation with the Left Party during the SPD/Left Party state government as “positive throughout.”

State election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The right-wing threat in Germany and the need for a socialist party

By Ulrich Rippert—leading candidate of the PSG for the Berlin state election, 7 September 2016

It is anger against the establishment parties, including the Left Party, and the absence of a progressive alternative that boosts the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

German states try to offload refugees on each other

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 6 September 2016

North Rhine-Westphalia is demanding that thousands of refugees return to wherever in Germany they first applied for asylum.

SEP US presidential candidates denounce war drive at Humboldt University meeting in Berlin

By our correspondents, 6 September 2016

Dozens of students and workers watched a live broadcast from Detroit of SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth.

German Luftwaffe begin NATO patrols over the Baltic

By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2016

NATO’s growing operations in Eastern Europe heighten the danger of direct conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia.

German military desperate for new recruits

By Ludwig Weller, 5 September 2016

The aim of the current recruitment campaign is to solve the Bundeswehr’s manpower problem and win over young people for Germany’s war drive.

Warmongers united: Germany’s Left Party welcomes former top army general

By Johannes Stern, 3 September 2016

On World Peace Day, the German Left Party invited the former Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr and chairman of the NATO military committee to a meeting in Hannover.

German armed forces prepare for domestic operations

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2016

Next February, for the first time, the German armed forces will engage in domestic exercises—a political turning point and a clear breach of the German constitution.

Germany: Parties in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania elections focus attacks on refugees

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 September 2016

The election campaigns of the ruling Social Democratic Party and Christian Democratic Union are outdoing each other with their right-wing politics and attacks on refugees.

PSG election campaign: Anger at the government’s new civil defence guidelines

By our correspondents, 31 August 2016

Berliners discuss the growing war danger and social conditions in the capital with supporters of the Socialist Equality Party.

German chancellor demands loyalty from Turkish citizens in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 August 2016

The return of Germany to an aggressive foreign policy is being accompanied by the racist stigmatising of entire sections of the population.

Merkel seeks to reorganise Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 27 August 2016

This week the German chancellor met with 15 of the 27 EU leaders to set out the EU’s future course and ensure that Germany dictates the proceedings.

Stop the German government’s preparations for war!

By Socialist Equality Party of Germany, 25 August 2016

The “Civil Defence Concept” presented by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday proposes a range of measures to prepare the population for war.

German interior minister supports partial ban on the burqa

By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2016

The campaign in Germany for domestic repression and war is assuming ever more openly racist forms.

German population told to stockpile food in case of war

By Sven Heymanns, 24 August 2016

Germany’s new civil defence plan underscores how the issue of war has returned to daily life 75 years after the catastrophe of World War II.

Volkswagen production halt affects almost 30,000 workers

By Dietmar Henning, 24 August 2016

The hard-line position of company headquarters toward suppliers is part of a massive attack on workers.

Divisions rise inside EU at summit between Germany, France and Italy

By Alex Lantier, 23 August 2016

Amid the escalating crisis unleashed by the Brexit vote, the remaining major EU powers barely succeeded in papering over the divisions between them.

Trade unions work to suppress German hospital strikes

By Markus Salzmann, 23 August 2016

With some difficulty, the trade unions managed to suppress the justifiable anger over poor working conditions and inadequate pay at hospitals.

SEP election meeting in Berlin discusses war, nationalism after Brexit vote

By our correspondents, 22 August 2016

The PSG election campaign has received attention under conditions of a growing danger of war in Syria and Ukraine, which makes possible an open confrontation between NATO and Russia.

German report criticizing Turkey highlights growing tensions within NATO

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The pseudo-left and identity politics: RIO solidarizes itself with “Gina-Lisa” and promotes law and order

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

As opposition to social inequality and war continues to grow, pseudo-left organizations are using identity politics to advocate increased state powers.

Thyssen-Krupp Steel works council meeting prepares job cuts in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 18 August 2016

Around 250 works council officials from Thyssen Krupp’s steel division met at a conference last Friday in Duisburg.

German media steps up anti-Russian agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 August 2016

Over the past week, virtually every leading newspaper in Germany has published articles denouncing Russia for its intervention in Syria, Ukraine, or both.

Lufthansa sets a course for confrontation with pilots

By Marianne Arens, 16 August 2016

The breaking off of talks between the pilots’ union and management heralds a new phase in the dispute.

German interior minister announces tightening of security and asylum laws

By Dietmar Henning, 13 August 2016

Restrictive asylum laws and expanded powers for the police and intelligence services are part of a European-wide buildup of state repression.

How Germany’s pseudo-lefts support the Left Party’s right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2016

Two pseudo-left tendencies within the Left Party—Marx21 and SAV—paint a devastating picture of the Left Party when it was in power in Berlin.

German deportations rise sharply in the first half of 2016

By Marianne Arens, 12 August 2016

While the German government is involved in the escalation of war abroad, it is simultaneously determined to deal brutally with those refugees that arrive in Germany.

German Social Democratic Party leader calls for strengthening of federal police

By Dietmar Henning, 11 August 2016

The SPD intends to press ahead with the construction of a paramilitary police force and avoid challenging the separation of the police and army laid down in Germany’s constitution.

German “left” journalist Jakob Augstein comes out as a right-winger

By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2016

In his latest column in Der Spiegel, Augstein rails against dual citizenship for Germans of Turkish origin.

A year in the plight of Berlin’s refugees

By Verena Nees, 8 August 2016

The Berlin Senate wants the distressing images of refugees on city’s streets to be forgotten ahead of the state election.

German defence minister announces domestic use of Armed Forces

By Johannes Stern, 6 August 2016

The minister left no doubt that “in an emergency”, the Armed Forces would not only handle “logistics,” but would “also provide military support.”

Refugees confront inhumane conditions at mass accommodation centres in Berlin

By Carola Kleinert, 6 August 2016

The thousands of people who have fled from war and poverty to Germany continue to face unbearable conditions and are still being housed in mass accommodation centres.

What is behind the campaign against Erdogan?

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016

German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.

New powers for secret services in Bavaria

By Marianne Arens, 5 August 2016

The new Bavarian legislation is part of a massive upgrade of the country’s security services.

Massive police operation for pro-Erdogan demonstration in Cologne

By Andreas Kunstmann and Marianne Arens, 3 August 2016

The police operation and civil war exercise in Munich has now been followed by a massive police deployment Sunday in the city of Cologne for a Turkish demonstration.

German Labour Court declares air traffic controllers strike illegal

By Marianne Arens, 2 August 2016

The federal Labour Court in Erfurt ordered the aircraft controllers union GdF to pay airport operator Fraport millions in damages following the 2012 strike.

Growing opposition in Berlin to exorbitant rents and evictions

By Verena Nees, 1 August 2016

The city is increasingly divided: discernible poverty and a growing housing crisis for many families—wealth and success for a super-rich glitterati.

Germany’s Chancellor Merkel announces drastic increase in state powers

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 July 2016

In a press conference, Merkel proclaimed a “war on terrorism” and a sweeping increase in state powers.

German Left Party leader polemicises against refugees

Calls for more police, signals support for NATO war policy

By Johannes Stern, 29 July 2016

Left Party leaders are attacking the German government from the right and calling for a tightening up of the policies that have led to a recent spate of violence.

The origins of the attack in Ansbach, Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 28 July 2016

Even as the terror attack is being exploited to press ahead with the strengthening of the state and agitation against refugees there is silence on the true source of the violent outburst.

Gap between rich and poor in Germany larger than previously thought

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 27 July 2016

A German news report reveals new numbers on Germany’s top earners and concludes that the divide between the rich and poor is much greater than previously recognized.

Massive police operation in Munich—an attack on democracy

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 25 July 2016

The shooting spree by an 18-year-old in Munich is serving as a pretext to implement long-standing emergency plans and a state of emergency.

The Munich shooting spree and the Americanization of German society

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 25 July 2016

The massive police operation in Munich, as well as the reaction of many media outlets and politicians, showsthat the tragic event is being used to justify a new law-and-order campaign.

Massive police operation follows deadly attack on Munich shopping centre

By our reporters, 23 July 2016

German security forces conducted a huge anti-terror operation in the city of Munich, where, according to the latest reports, 10 people were shot dead and at least 21 injured.

German corporations donate to Trump

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 July 2016

According to a report by the news weekly Die Welt, more than two-thirds of US campaign contributions by large German corporations have benefited the Republicans.

Socialist Equality Party (Germany) placed on ballot for Berlin election

By our reporter, 23 July 2016

The Berlin State Elections Committee voted unanimously to allow the state-wide list of candidates of the Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) to participate in the elections for the Berlin House of Representatives in September.

After train attack in Bavaria

German cop says politicians have no right to question police violence

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 July 2016

Any critique of the actions of the police, who killed the attacker with a shot to the head, is to be suppressed.

Five injured in bloody train attack in southern Germany

By Marianne Arens, 21 July 2016

A 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan attacked a group of tourists from Hong Kong on a train in Bavaria on Monday evening, and was subsequently shot to death by police.

Deportations triple in Berlin

By Carola Kleinert, 21 July 2016

According to official figures, 1,068 people were deported from Berlin between January and the end of June 2016.

UK’s new prime minister meets with Merkel and Hollande on Brexit

By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2016

British Prime Minister May's visit is designed to placate the two countries that form the political and economic axis of the European Union following the Brexit vote.

German parliament expands law on sexual crimes

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 July 2016

The aim is to exploit an emotionally charged issue to strengthen the state and scapegoat refugees.

German Left Party and Greens: Warmongering after the attack in Nice

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2016

Seizing on the murderous attack in southern France, two leading members of the German Left and Green parties demanded an intensified military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

“No more war, ever!”: PSG presents posters for Berlin state election

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 18 July 2016

The PSG’s election campaign connects the struggle against social cuts and war with the struggle against their source—capitalism.

Socialist Equality Party (Germany) files over 3,000 signatures for Berlin state election

By our reporters, 16 July 2016

With the filing of more than 3,000 signatures, the PSG has now fulfilled all the conditions necessary to participate with a state-wide list in the elections for the Berlin legislature.

Major police operation in Berlin prepares law-and-order election campaign

By Verena Nees, 16 July 2016

Last weekend, 1,000 police were illegally deployed in Berlin against 1,800 protesters, provoking a street battle.

White Paper 2016: Another step in the revival of German militarism

By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2016

On Wednesday, the German federal cabinet adopted the long announced “White Paper 2016 on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr.”

German militarism on display at NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2016

Two years after German officials announced plans to remilitarise the country, media outlets are warning of preparations for “total war.”

Axel Honneth at Humboldt University: A socialism that is nothing of the sort

By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2016

At Berlin’s Humboldt University, philosophy professors Axel Honneth and Christoph Menke, SPD politician Gesine Schwan and Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht spoke about the “relevance of socialism today.”

Merkel calls for German rearmament ahead of NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 9 July 2016

At the heart of the chancellor’s speech was a justification for war preparations against Russia, which NATO is slated to announce in Warsaw this weekend.

NATO convenes summit in Warsaw to make war preparations against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016

The measures to be decided on by the western military alliance in the Polish capital will further escalate the threat of war in Europe.

German arms exports almost doubled in 2015

By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2016

In all probability, German arms exports will increase again this year.

Social Democrats, Left Party and Greens preparing coalition in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 7 July 2016

Despite its proponents’ left phrase-mongering, the proposed coalition would aim to secure German hegemony in Europe.

Lufthansa flight attendants union accepts arbitration agreement

By Marianne Arens, 6 July 2016

By agreeing to the arbitration award, the union is stabbing cabin staff and pilots in the back in their struggle to defend jobs, wages and pensions.

Volkswagen: 700 workers lose their jobs in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 5 July 2016

The VW board is using the company’s current crisis to make long-planned cuts in its workforce, relying heavily on the IG Metall trade union and its related works councils.

Warmongering and historical falsification on 75th anniversary of German invasion of Soviet Union

By Christoph Vandreier, 2 July 2016

On German television, presenter Guido Knopp and historians Jörg Baberowski and Sönke Neitzel questioned whether Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa was a deliberately planned war of annihilation.

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.