Germany

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!"

Authors weigh in on the Amazon-Hachette war

By Christine Schofelt and Fred Mazelis, 10 October 2014

The ongoing e-commerce dispute raises fundamental questions about culture and how—and by whom—the immense advances in technology will be used and controlled.

IYSSE protests censorship at Berlin’s Humboldt University

10 October 2014

The administration has conditioned its approval of a meeting room for the IYSSE on the censorship of any political criticism of members of the University.

Germany: Joschka Fischer’s declaration of war on Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 9 October 2014

With his policy towards Russia, Fischer draws directly from the legacy of German imperialism in the last century.

War propaganda in the German Historical Museum

By Johannes Stern, 9 October 2014

Last week former security official Horst Teltschik and the historians Michael Wolffsohn, Sönke Neitzel and Jörg Baberowski discussed Germany's role as an intervention force at the German Historical Museum.

German Green Party-affiliated think tank calls for renewed offensive against Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 October 2014

Seventy years after the German bourgeoisie sought to establish its control over Mittel-Europa, the Green Party and the Heinrich Böll Foundation are urging it to take the same path once again.

Germany to deploy combat troops in Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 7 October 2014

The German government is planning to send troops into Ukraine for the first time since the Second World War.

German train drivers vote to strike

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 October 2014

Deutsche Bahn cut its workforce from 350,000 to 190,000 between 2002 and 2012, which has led to constant overtime working.

In response to exposure of abuses, German interior minister attacks refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 4 October 2014

Thomas de Maizière blamed refugees for overcrowding in the camps, the lack of basic hygiene and the inhuman conditions in which they live.

Why is the German elite once again agitating for war?

The historical and political reasons behind Germany’s renewed bid for world power

4 October 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (Germany) is planning meetings in Frankfurt, Bochum and Berlin on the threat of war.

The revival of German militarism: One year on

By Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2014

The return of German imperialism to the battlefields of the world is a profoundly destabilizing element in an already unstable world.

German public television turns out propaganda on Ukraine

By Sibylle Fuchs, 3 October 2014

Both of Germany’s public television broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, have come under strong criticism for their biased reporting on Ukraine.

One-day strike by Lufthansa pilots in Germany

By Helmut Arens, 2 October 2014

The Lufthansa pilots’ strike was directed against the attempt by the corporation to carry through attacks on retirement benefits for 5,400 pilots.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s UN speech: War propaganda cloaked in pacifist phrases

By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2014

Steinmeier’s speech on Saturday combined threats against Russia with the demand for a massive military intervention in the Middle East and more German “responsibility” throughout the world.

“Abu-Ghraib-like” torture of refugees exposed in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 1 October 2014

Reports from various German refugee facilities have revealed that residents are subjected to systematic torture and humiliation at the hands of security staff.

German government approves new law on sexual offenses

By Justus Leicht, 1 October 2014

The background to the new law is a witch-hunt against the former chairman of an investigation into the NSU neo-fascist terror group.

German media and politicians promote rearmament

By Christoph Dreier, 29 September 2014

The demand for major increases in the military budget has moved to the center of German war propaganda.

Germany’s new war minister and Stern magazine

By Denis Krassnin, 29 September 2014

Germany’s defence minister and Stern news magazine both trace political roots to the Nazi era.

German government sends arms to Iraq and backs US air strikes in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2014

The German government plans to deliver weapons worth around 70 million euros to Iraq in the coming days.

German Greens state premier votes for tougher asylum laws

By Martin Krieckenbaum, 27 September 2014

The Greens recently tipped the balance in the German parliament to further sharpen the government’s brutal refugee policy.

Lufthansa insists on pension cuts for pilots

By Dietmar Henning, 26 September 2014

At talks Monday there was no indication of a deal as Lufthansa refuses to budge from its original plans to cut pilots’ retirement provisions.

German committee criticises television news coverage of Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 26 September 2014

The criticism confirms that reportage on German public television has degenerated into government and military propaganda.

French Prime Minister Valls travels to Berlin

By Stéphane Hugues, 25 September 2014

The meeting of French Prime Minister Valls with German Chancellor Merkel cannot hide the growing Franco-German tensions in Europe.

Germany’s Die Zeit: Publishing war propaganda in weekly installments

By Johannes Stern, 25 September 2014

The supposedly liberal weekly Die Zeit exemplifies the transformation of the media into a propaganda tool for war and militarism.

Germany: IG Metall leaders plead for “constructive dialogue” to secure company profits

By our reporters, 24 September 2014

Union leaders in Berlin openly appealed for a more active role in restructuring company policy in order to improve dividends.

An attempt to rehabilitate Hitler

By Peter Schwarz, 24 September 2014

The 91-year-old German historian Ernst Nolte has made a plea in the European magazine for the rehabilitation of Hitler.

Germany: Voters reject establishment parties in state elections

By Dietmar Henning, 17 September 2014

Widespread hostility to the status quo and the rise of the right wing AfD make it increasingly difficult for the main German parties to achieve stable majorities.

NSA developing real time map of all Internet-connected devices

By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2014

The NSA penetrated the systems of leading German companies as part of a global Internet mapping operation codenamed Treasure Map.

Who Owns Germany? Documenting the widening gulf between rich and poor

By Gustav Kemper, 15 September 2014

Berger’s book reveals startling facts about the redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top of German society.

Scandalous conditions in German refugee centres

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 13 September 2014

The German government is taking the axe to what remains of asylum protections.

German government adopts tighter laws on economic immigration

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 12 September 2014

The German government is restricting the freedom of movement and right of residence within the European Union.

German federal court upholds whitewash of death of refugee

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 12 September 2014

Germany’s federal court has upheld the mild penalty given to a German policeman responsible for the death of Oury Jalloh.

Germany: Union leader condemns train drivers’ strike

By Dietmar Henning, 11 September 2014

The new chairman of the German Trade Union Federation, Reiner Hoffmann, has sided with corporate management against the strikers.