Germany

The German chancellor’s PR tour in Turkish refugee camps

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 April 2016

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

IYSSE meetings in Germany oppose militarism and war

By our correspondents, 29 April 2016

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

Berlin elections: Workers and students speak out against war

By our reporters, 28 April 2016

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

Berlin college rector protests police intervention

By Verena Nees, 26 April 2016

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

German Greens negotiate to form coalition with right-wing CDU

By Ulrich Rippert, 25 April 2016

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

German government backs draconian refugee “integration” law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016

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

Dramatic rise in poverty among German retirees

By Sybille Fuchs, 21 April 2016

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

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

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

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

By Peter Schwartz, 16 April 2016

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

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

By Johannes Stern, 15 April 2016

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

German undercover agent employed National Socialist Underground terrorists

By Dietmar Henning, 14 April 2016

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

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

By Johannes Stern, 14 April 2016

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

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

By our correspondents, 13 April 2016

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

German military to station Heron drones in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2016

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

German report confirms poor die younger

By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2016

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

Hans-Dietrich Genscher: Trailblazer for German great power politics

By Peter Schwarz, 2 April 2016

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

German army calls for domestic deployments

By Peter Schwarz, 1 April 2016

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

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

1 April 2016

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

Politicians and media promote far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2016

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

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

By Dietmar Henning, 29 March 2016

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

German government increases defence budget and plans massive rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 28 March 2016

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

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

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2016

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

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

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2016

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

Electoral success of AfD strengthens far-right forces in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 24 March 2016

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

Germany’s Left Party favours coalition with conservative CDU

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2016

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

Berlin senate speeds up deportations of refugees

By Carola Kleinert, 21 March 2016

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

Germany: Siemens cuts another 2,500 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 March 2016

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

Refugees face death and despair on Greek-Macedonian border

By Katerina Selin, 17 March 2016

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

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

By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2016

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

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2016

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

Public meeting at Leipzig Book Fair

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

14 March 2016

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

German state elections: The repackaging of right-wing politics

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2016

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

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

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2016

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

Mass layoffs at Bombardier hit Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 10 March 2016

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

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

By Dietmar Henning, 8 March 2016

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

Tensions rise at Franco-British and Franco-German summits

By Francis Dubois, 7 March 2016

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

German parties shift to the right ahead of state elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 March 2016

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

Report on German poverty refutes propaganda of social recovery

By Stefan Steele, 5 March 2016

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

German Constitutional Court considers banning neo-fascist NPD

By Peter Schwarz, 4 March 2016

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

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

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2016

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

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

By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2016

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

German parliament adopts anti-democratic “Asylum Package II”

By Verena Nees, 2 March 2016

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

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

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 March 2016

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

University of Leipzig students speak out against right-wing professor

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 February 2016

The xenophobic and militaristic tirades of University of Leipzig Professor Thomas Rauscher have met with opposition from both students and faculty.

66th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2:

A critique of Europe’s refugee policy: On the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for Fire at Sea

By Verena Nees and Bernd Reinhardt, 27 February 2016

This is the second in a series of articles on the recent Berlin international film festival, the Berlinale, held February 11-20, 2016.

Austrian-led conference closes Balkan route for refugees and divides Europe

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 February 2016

The move by West Balkan countries to block refugees from leaving Greece will unleash a humanitarian crisis and intensify tensions throughout Europe.

German news magazine Der Spiegel urges war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2016

The lead article in the latest issue of Der Spiegel, entitled “Putin’s aggressions,” calls for the Western powers to decisively “counter” Russia.

Another mysterious death in the case of far-right NSU in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2016

Sascha W. is at least the fourth witness to have mysteriously died in the investigations of the terrorist murders of the National Socialist Underground.

Germany: Racism in Saxony and political hypocrisy

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 February 2016

The racist attacks in Clausnitz and several other cities and communities in Germany are a direct result of the xenophobic policies of the federal government.

German historian calls for harsher measures against refugees

By Katerina Selin, 23 February 2016

Under the cover of scholarship, an increasing number of academics and intellectuals are using the media to propagate backward, right-wing ideas.

Germany’s Deutsche Bank in crisis

By Gustav Kemper, 23 February 2016

Fears of collapse and panic sell-offs on the stock market have halved Deutsche Bank’s value over the course of a year to €20 billion.

German defence ministry spent billions on wars abroad

By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2016

The German armed forces has spent at least €17.2 billion on foreign deployments since 1992, Spiegel Online reported.

Hundreds demonstrate in Berlin against harsher asylum law

By our correspondents, 22 February 2016

Many young people and refugees joined a demonstration in Berlin last Tuesday to protest against the tightening up of asylum laws.

Germany: Trial opens against SS guard at Auschwitz

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 22 February 2016

Reinhold Hanning, former SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, is accused of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

European Steel unions demand trade war in Brussels

By Dietmar Henning, 20 February 2016

The European trade unions, led by Germany’s IG Metall, demonstrated last Monday in Brussels for trade war measures against Russia and China.

Divisions erupt at EU summit over refugees, possible British exit

By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2016

The assembled heads of state failed to agree on refugee policy or on reactionary concessions aiming to ensure that Britain does not leave the European Union.

German Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy and the growing danger of a war with Russia

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 February 2016

Merkel wants to expand Germany’s close collaboration with the Turkish government, which is pressing ahead with military confrontation with Russia in Syria.

Europe at the breaking point

By Alex Lantier, 17 February 2016

France's denunciations of Germany's policy of accepting Middle Eastern refugees fleeing to Europe have exposed deep divisions within the EU.

The German president’s imperialist mission in Africa

By Gustav Kemper, 15 February 2016

German President Joachim Gauck’s trip to Nigeria and Mali is a sign of Germany’s growing economic and political influence in Africa.

NATO sends a flotilla to repulse refugees in the Aegean Sea

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 13 February 2016

The purpose of the NATO flotilla is to ensure that the escape routes to Europe via Turkey are blocked, stranding refugees fleeing regions destroyed by US and European imperialism.

Report: Berlin police delayed search for murdered refugee boy

By Sven Heymanns, 12 February 2016

Berlin police failed to carry out a thorough search for the missing four-year-old but instead placed the child’s entire family under suspicion

International Viewpoint joins in racist anti-refugee agitation

By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2016

While the hysterical campaign over the events of New Year’s Eve at Cologne’s main train station has subsided somewhat in the bourgeois media, it continues in pseudo-left circles undiminished.

German Chancellor Merkel announces NATO intervention in Aegean Sea

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016

Merkel was once again in Ankara on Monday. This time, political and military collaboration against Russia was at the heart of the talks.

Fatal rail crash in Bavaria

By Marianne Arens, 10 February 2016

Ten people were killed in Bavaria Tuesday morning when two local trains collided on a single-track line. Ninety more people were injured.

Pro-refugee organisation comes under political attack in Germany

By Verena Nees, 6 February 2016

A false report about the death of a refugee has served as the pretext for a right-wing campaign against volunteers assisting refugees in Berlin, Germany.

Editor of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper demands rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2016

For a substantial lobby of war-mongering scribblers in the editorial offices of the bourgeois press, the rearmament of Germany is not taking place fast enough.

Nazi war crime trial in Neubrandenburg threatens to collapse

By Sibylle Fuchs, 5 February 2016

Hubert Z. will probably be one of the last individuals to face trial for his role in the Holocaust.

German government steps up attacks on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 February 2016

Germany’s grand coalition government is adopting ever more drastic measures against refugees and paving the way for far-right forces in the process.

German economics minister seeks to smooth relations with Poland

By Clara Weiss, 4 February 2016

The Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, is one of the most important issues of dispute between Berlin and Warsaw.

Germany: Poorest half of population owns just 1 percent of wealth

By Denis Krasnin, 3 February 2016

The wealthiest 10 percent in Germany owns more than half (51 percent) of the wealth, while the poorest half owns a mere 1 percent.

Far-right German nationalist party calls for shooting refugees

By Johannes Stern, 3 February 2016

The politicians and media figures now denouncing the Alternative for Germany share responsibility for the return of its fascistic demands to the realm of official political discourse.

Austrian municipalities impose ban on refugees using swimming pools

By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2016

The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history.

Divisions mount in German government over refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2016

The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government.

German parliament backs new military intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 1 February 2016

The speeches in parliament left no doubt that the German military is intervening in Mali to defend the economic and geopolitical interests of German imperialism.

German government restricts right to asylum

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 January 2016

The new measures underscore the ruthlessness and brutality with which the government is acting against refugees, in the full knowledge that the provisions being adopted will result in the loss of life.

Ten thousand jobs in danger at Volkswagen

By Dietmar Henning, 29 January 2016

VW has signaled through the corporate press that it is planning mass layoffs, wage cuts and a drastic worsening of working conditions.

German defence minister demands additional €130 billion for military

By Johannes Stern, 29 January 2016

The German government is calling for the procurement of more armoured vehicles, howitzer tanks, marine helicopters, transport helicopters and ships.

Prominent German journalist beats the drum for nationalism and war

By Christoph Dreier, 27 January 2016

German media outlets are seeking to outdo each other in stirring up hatred against refugees, calling for a strong state and for more military missions.

Berlin town hall meeting protests discrimination against refugees

By Verena Nees, 26 January 2016

Many of those attending the mass meeting were appalled at the treatment of refugees, confined in airport hangars and other mass accommodation.

Left Party steps-up anti-immigrant agitation in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2016

The Left Party’s open promotion of xenophobic, right-wing, anti-refugee political positions is bound up with its support for German imperialism.

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Growing inconsistencies

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 January 2016

After three weeks of intense investigations, what really took place at the central train station in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve remains unclear.

IYSSE statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016

The IYSSE won significant support in the student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University on the basis of opposition to militarism, xenophobia and right-wing historical revisionism.

German defence minister announces military intervention in Libya

By Dietmar Henning and Johannes Stern, 21 January 2016

The talk of a struggle against an “axis of terrorism” is simply the propaganda smokescreen behind which long-discussed plans are being implemented in practice.

What is behind the growing criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 January 2016

The chancellor, whose position seemed unassailable a few months ago, could now prematurely lose office as she comes under attack from sections of the political establishment.

German IYSSE wins four seats in Humboldt University Student Elections

By our correspondent, 21 January 2016

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University in Berlin, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality received 149 votes and will have four seats in the student parliament.

IYSSE at Berlin’s Humboldt University holds final election campaign meeting

By our correspondents, 20 January 2016

More than 80 students and workers attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s final campaign meeting in the student parliament elections at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Berlin police raid: A civil war exercise

By Gustav Kemper, 19 January 2016

The illegal raid involving hundreds of police officers was intended to intimidate an entire neighbourhood.

German chancellor announces massive expansion of military budget

By Johannes Stern, 16 January 2016

The ruling elite intends to make the working class pay for the return of an aggressive German foreign policy.

Fourth IYSSE election meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The struggle against war and the lessons of history

By our correspondent, 16 January 2016

The IYSSE has launched its campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with lectures titled “No more war! Scholarship instead of war propaganda.”

German Left Party joins anti-refugee campaign

By Dietmar Henning, 15 January 2016

The parliamentary group leader of the Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, has joined in the far-right agitation against refugees and is calling for more police powers.

German government moves to loosen restrictions on refugee deportations

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 14 January 2016

Amid the racist hysteria whipped up by the media and politicians in the wake of alleged sexual assaults by refugees, the German government is moving to further restrict the right to asylum.

Hundreds of Neo-Nazis riot in Leipzig, Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 13 January 2016

Monday’s right-wing riot in Leipzig took place amid a racist anti-Muslim campaign promoted by German political parties and the media.