Germany

Support the striking bus drivers in Hesse, Germany!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 January 2017

The strike by Hesse bus drivers is significant because millions of workers in Germany, Europe and throughout the world suffer under similar conditions.

Striking bus drivers in Hesse, Germany: “The latest company offer is a joke”

By Marianne Arens, 20 January 2017

Verdi is conducting the most limited possible action, mobilizing only bus drivers immediately affected while refusing to extend it to other sections of workers.

IYSSE wins 7 percent of vote in Humboldt University student parliament election

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The IYSSE, the student and youth organization of the Socialist Equality Party (PSG), received 192 votes, up from the 147 votes it received last year.

Berlin: Humboldt University IYSSE holds final election campaign meeting

For a socialist movement against war and militarism!

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The final meeting of the IYSSE took place at Berlin’s Humboldt University on Monday as part of the campaign for the elections to the student parliament.

German Constitutional Court rejects ban on fascist NPD

By Peter Schwarz, 19 January 2017

The court justified its decision by arguing that while the party was anti-constitutional and shared an ideological kinship with Nazism, it was not significant enough to seriously jeopardize democracy.

Germany: Bus drivers in Hesse continue their strike

By Marianne Arens, 18 January 2017

In the last few weeks and months, workers in bus and transport companies and the public sector have commenced major strikes in France, Italy and the US.

Germany’s Left Party presents right-wing draft programme for federal election

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2017

At the heart of the programme is the Left Party’s desire to assume government responsibility at the federal level in coalition with the SPD and Greens, two parties of austerity and war.

Hitler’s Professors: A documentation of war crimes by German academics against the Jewish people

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2017

Max Weinreich’s classic study, Hitler’s Professors, first published in 1946, documents the role of leading German academics in the murder of Europe’s Jewish population.

Die Zeit journalists lose lawsuit against German satirical television show

By Peter Schwarz, 14 January 2017

Germany’s Federal Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision banning television channel ZDF from focusing on the ties of Zeit journalists to the security establishment.

More restrictive laws target refugees after Berlin attack

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 January 2017

Less than three weeks after the terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, the German justice minister and interior minister have agreed on a number of more restrictive laws targeting refugees and migrants.

Growing nervousness in Europe over Trump

By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2017

Initial hopes that Trump would moderate himself after the election campaign and pursue a course compatible with traditional Republican politics have not been realised.

Demonstration in Germany against deportations to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 12 January 2017

All of the established parties, including the Left Party, support the inhumane German government policy of deporting refugees to war zones.

German Left Party leader blames Merkel’s refugee policy for attack in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 11 January 2017

Left Party leader Sarah Wagenknecht is positioning herself at the head of a right-wing campaign against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, and arguing for more police powers.

Germany: The Greens’ Joschka Fischer calls for national rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 10 January 2017

Under the headline, “Squeezed between Presidents Putin and Trump, the EU cannot remain a ‘soft power,’” the former Green Party foreign minister advocates a “security option based on the nation state.”

German Interior Minister De Maiziere calls for police state powers

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 January 2017

The “Guidelines for a strong state in difficult times,” published by the interior minister in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, breaks with the fundamental principles of the constitution.

German government plans propaganda agency in response to “fake news”

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2017

The campaign against “fake news” on the Internet is being used as a pretext for state censorship and the establishment of a propaganda agency.

Berlin Christmas market attack: German intelligence aware of perpetrator’s 14 identities

By Johannes Stern, 7 January 2017

It is becoming clear that the suspect in the terrorist attack, Anis Amri, carried out his operation under the noses of the intelligence agencies.

Berlin university meeting discusses election of Trump and the return of German militarism

By our correspondents, 7 January 2017

The meeting is the second organized by the IYSSE group as part of its campaign for this year's elections to the Humboldt University student parliament.

WikiLeaks data reveals close cooperation between German intelligence and NSA

By Sven Heymanns, 6 January 2017

Some of the emails published by Wikileaks show the panicked reaction of the spy agencies to the revelations made by Edward Snowden in 2013.

German interior minister demands centralisation of intelligence agencies

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 January 2017

De Maiziere’s proposals for strengthening the security apparatus calls into question the entire structure of the Federal Republic.

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Racist agitation and state repression

By Dietmar Henning, 5 January 2017

The huge police deployment in Cologne on New Year’s Eve was accompanied by calls for the strengthening of the state apparatus.

Germany in 2016: Mass deportations and brutality toward refugees

By Stefan Steele, 5 January 2017

The ruthlessness and cruelty of German authorities against refugees is assuming alarming proportions. Last year alone, 25,000 were deported.

“New Year’s Eve in Cologne”: The scapegoating of Muslims and refugees deepens

By Lena Sokoll, 3 January 2017

In Cologne as well as in other cities in Germany, police have now been supplied with sub-machine guns to conduct armed patrolling of cities.

1,000 former GM Opel workers facing joblessness in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 3 January 2017

Instead of the new jobs promised by the IG Metall union, Opel workers face precarious employment, temporary work and welfare.

Berlin terror attack suspect was well known to German intelligence agencies

By Johannes Stern, 30 December 2016

The activities of Anis Amri, who allegedly drove a truck into a market in Berlin on December 19, were being actively monitored by local police and intelligence forces.

Berlin’s “red-red-green” state government sets up refugee ghettos made from shipping containers

By Franci Vier, 30 December 2016

The move makes clear that the coalition will continue the right-wing refugee policies of its Social Democrat-Christian Democrat predecessor.

The Berlin terror attack: Is a section of the state trying to destabilize the German government?

By Johannes Stern, 29 December 2016

In light of the facts that have emerged and the manner in which the attack is being used, as well as German history, it would be politically naive to rule out the involvement of sections of the state.

German intelligence agent drove alleged perpetrator in Christmas market attack to Berlin

By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2016

One week after the attack, there is a chorus of demands for the elimination of basic democratic rights and the erection of new barriers to refugees.

More layoffs at Bombardier in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2016

Social Democratic leader Sigmar Gabriel is trying to prevent a strike and class struggles developing in 2017, when federal elections will take place.

Growing signs of state foreknowledge of attack on Berlin Christmas market

By Christoph Vandreier, 24 December 2016

Monday’s attack, which killed 12 people and injured 50, is being exploited to denounce the refugee policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel and shift German politics even further to the right.

Berlin terror suspect was well known to security forces

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2016

Nobody asks the obvious question: Are there forces in political circles and the security apparatus who knew about the planned attack and were prepared to allow it in order to advance their extreme right-wing agenda?

Right-wing, anti-immigrant offensive escalates in aftermath of Berlin terror attack

By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2016

The lack of clarity about the facts has not stopped politicians and the media from using the Berlin attack to launch a concerted campaign against refugees and demand a massive buildup of the state apparatus.

Germany: SPD leader calls for cuts to child benefits for European citizens

By Dietmar Henning, 22 December 2016

As poverty levels grow in Germany the Social Democratic Party is fostering xenophobia.

Initial suspect freed in Berlin terror attack

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 December 2016

The criminal act will be used to further the internal rearmament and strengthening of the German intelligence services and security apparatus.

Twelve killed, dozens injured as truck crashes into Berlin Christmas market

By our reporter, 20 December 2016

Police initially spoke of a terrorist attack, but later declared that the circumstances were unclear and asked people “not to spread rumors.”

Germany’s low-wage sector is expanding

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 December 2016

More than one in five Germans work for a wage of less than €10 per hour.

Berlin’s Humboldt University plans massive job cuts

By Katerina Selin, 19 December 2016

The latest developments at Humboldt University are linked to the drastic austerity policy of the Berlin Senate regarding higher education.

European Union and IMF demand new austerity measures in Greece

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2016

At a joint press conference in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a show of unity in advance of new attacks on the working class.

Massive protests in Germany against deportations to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 December 2016

Protesters at the Frankfurt airport carried stop signs and chanted slogans such as “Deportation is torture, deportation is murder. A right to stay for all, immediately!”

Opposition mounts to German military advertising campaign

By Stefan Steele, 15 December 2016

Germans now confront advertising placards all across the country praising the army (Bundeswehr) and calling on people to do their “duty.”

David North speaks in Berlin on Donald Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 15 December 2016

More than 250 students and workers crowded into a lecture hall at Humboldt University to hear North’s lecture on the causes and consequences of the outcome of the US presidential election.

Red-Red-Green coalition heads Berlin state government: Austerity repackaged

By Verena Nees, 12 December 2016

The SPD, which many workers and young people rejected in the September state elections because of its anti-social policies, once again heads the Berlin state executive.

German defence minister on the offensive in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 10 December 2016

The central goal of Ursula von der Leyen’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan is the expansion of German imperialist influence in the geo-strategically important region.

German Left Party announces federal election candidates

By Johannes Stern, 9 December 2016

The Left Party will take part in the federal elections in 2017 with its two parliamentary faction leaders, Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch, as leading candidates.

German chancellor demands stricter asylum laws and ban on burqa

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 December 2016

At the CDU party congress in Essen, Chancellor Merkel delivered a right-wing speech full of xenophobic attacks and calls for the strengthening of the police and military.

German government plans mass deportation of refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 December 2016

The German government is significantly expanding its deportation efforts and intends to construct what in practice will be a mass deportation apparatus.

Germany: Successful IYSSE meeting on Trump’s election held in Frankfurt

By our correspondents, 5 December 2016

What are the causes and consequences of Trump’s election? This question was at the centre of the well-attended IYSSE meeting in Frankfurt.

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of history

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016

Historians like Humboldt University's Jörg Baberowski are labouring to rewrite and falsify history in order to justify new wars and discredit opposition to them.

Germany: New recruiting drive by the Bundeswehr

By Johannes Stern, 5 December 2016

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to increase the size of the armed forces and recruit thousands of new soldiers in the coming years.

Striking Lufthansa pilots demonstrate in Frankfurt

By Marianne Arens, 2 December 2016

Hundreds of striking Lufthansa pilots gathered at Rhein-Main Airport in Frankfurt on day seven of the latest pilots’ strike.

Germany: Striking pilots need a socialist perspective

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 December 2016

The strike by 5,400 Lufthansa pilots deserves the support of all workers.

Right-wing German daily and Christian Democratic politicians call for nuclear weapons

By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2016

Following the decision by the German parliament last Friday to increase the military budget, a discussion has begun about providing the military with nuclear weapons.

German engineering workers protest job cuts in Berlin

By our reporters, 30 November 2016

The IG Metall trade union and works council intend to present a business plan to management under which job cuts will supposedly be a “last resort.”

IYSSE opposes physical attack on right-wing professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 30 November 2016

Acts of violence against professors undermine the fight against right-wing ideology and provide a pretext for university administrators to crack down on political opposition.

Lufthansa makes new offer to striking pilots

By Dietmar Henning, 28 November 2016

The offer made by the Lufthansa board on Friday evening is aimed at breaking the resistance of the pilots’ union and pushing through fundamental changes in working conditions.

The 2017 German budget: Billions for the military and war

By Johannes Stern, 28 November 2016

Almost three years after President Gauck and the German government announced the end of military restraint, a massive build-up of the military is at the centre of the budget.

Incoming Berlin senate plans more deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 26 November 2016

The Left Party, the Greens and Social Democrats want to organize mass deportations more efficiently through their preferred method of “voluntary” repatriation.

German establishment criticizes Trump’s protectionist economic policy

By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2016

The German establishment is alarmed that Donald Trump’s “America first” policy could plunge the world economy into the kind of trade war witnessed in the 1930s.

Incoming Berlin senate plans more deportations under a new guise

By Carola Kleinert, 25 November 2016

The Left Party, the Greens and Social Democrats want to organize mass deportations more efficiently through their preferred method of “voluntary” repatriation.

Germany: Humboldt University Student Parliament opposes military advertising at university

By our reporter, 24 November 2016

The motion to ban advertising by the armed forces at the university was introduced by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) chapter at Humboldt.

Merkel to run for fourth term as German chancellor

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 November 2016

A new Merkel chancellorship is an appeal for all parties to close ranks as opposition grows to austerity and militarism.

Humboldt University Professor Sandkühler’s response to the IYSSE: A declaration of intellectual bankruptcy

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2016

Professor Sandkühler declares any criticism of the right-wing positions of his colleague Jörg Baberowski “outrageous” and rejects any discussion of the issues involved.

German Left Party backs European army

By Verena Nees, 22 November 2016

The Left Party has responded to Donald Trump’s election victory by shifting further to the right on domestic and foreign policy.

German city builds four-metre-high wall in front of refugee shelter

By Anna Rombach, 22 November 2016

Criticism of the wall has been directed not only against the Munich politicians responsible, but also the reactionary policies of the grand coalition government in Berlin.

Berlin IYSSE meeting on Trump election provokes intense discussion

By our correspondents, 21 November 2016

The large attendance and lively discussion at the meeting indicate that a new generation of young workers and students is being radicalized.

Volkswagen plans 30,000 job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 19 November 2016

VW and its works council agreed to the destruction of more than one in seven of the company’s current 200,000 staff worldwide as part of the so-called Pact for the Future.

Obama seeks to placate concerns over Trump in final tour of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2016

Obama’s promotion of his successor is so obvious that the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as Donald Trump’s “press spokesman.”

Well-attended IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University on Trump’s election

By our reporter, 18 November 2016

The large turnout and intense discussion at the meeting indicate that a new generation of young workers and students is becoming politicized.

Obama visits Berlin after Trump’s victory

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 November 2016

Notwithstanding Obama's claims, Trump’s election will be characterised by sharp tensions and shocks in Transatlantic relations.

Leading SPD politician to become German president

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2016

Steinmeier, like no other German politician, embodies a policy of welfare cuts and militarism.

Oppose right-wing ideology at Humboldt University: An open letter to Professor Thomas Sandkühler

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016

The IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin is protesting against the attempt to suppress legitimate criticism of the right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski.

German parliament backs extension of military operations in Iraq and Syria

By Justus Leicht, 14 November 2016

German troops are engaged in a wide-scale military combat mission in the Middle East, having been granted permission to “use military force”.

Hamburg student committee protests appearance by Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2016

Growing numbers of students are no longer prepared to accept the transformation of their universities into centres of war propaganda and militarism.

Berlin: Red-red-green coalition to strengthen police

By Sonja Bach, 12 November 2016

The prospective red-red-green coalition is justifying the strengthening of the police and state apparatus with phrases about “civil rights” and “promoting democracy.”

German media demands military buildup in response to US election

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2016

The newspapers Die Zeit and Die Süddeutsche are exploiting anxiety over a Trump presidency to campaign for the return of German militarism.

VW denies emissions fraud in Europe

By Dietmar Henning, 11 November 2016

The arrogant denials of responsibility by VW management have driven the company deeper into the abyss.

Shock in Europe over Trump’s election victory

By Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2016

Europe’s ruling elites fear that the election of Trump will not only destabilise the United States, but also the rest of the world.

German media calls for massive rearmament after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 9 November 2016

The German elites are using the US presidential election to promote the return of German militarism.

Red-red-green coalition in Germany emerges as staunch defender of European Union

By Verena Nees, 8 November 2016

The SPD, Left Party and Greens are not defending the EU because they hold illusions in its reformability, but because they share the same political interests.

Growing tensions in Chinese-German relations

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 November 2016

The visit to China this week by German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel is overshadowed by mounting tensions.

Hamburg court acquits defendants in Cologne New Years Eve frameup

By Dietmar Henning, 5 November 2016

Three defendants were kept in detainment for almost half a year, although the charges against them were based on the “provision of false facts.”

German think tank demands greater foreign policy independence from the US

By Johannes Stern, 4 November 2016

Just days before the US presidential election, the German government-aligned Foreign Policy Institute (SWP) published a paper calling for a more independent German foreign policy.

Buyer reportedly found for German supermarket chain

By Dietmar Henning, 3 November 2016

An agreement has reportedly been reached to divide up the German supermarket chain Kaiser’s Tengelmann.

German Left Party pushes for red-red-green coalition before federal election

By Verena Nees, 2 November 2016

The Left Party parliamentary group leader called on the SPD leadership to end the grand coalition early and proposed an agreement on welfare cuts and foreign military interventions.

Eurowings strike grounds domestic German flights

By Dietmar Henning, 31 October 2016

The conflict is a reaction to Lufthansa’s strategy of reducing the wages and working conditions of all of its employees to the level of its cut-price subsidiary airline Eurowings.

German welfare recipients threatened with fines of up to €5,000

By Anna Rombach, 28 October 2016

According to tightened state regulations regarding Germany’s Hartz IV welfare benefits, the unemployed now have to deal with drastic penalties if their applications are incomplete.

Berlin exhibition—“Mass Shootings: The Holocaust from the Baltic to the Black Sea 1941-1944”

By Verena Nees, 28 October 2016

A small, but nonetheless very significant exhibition is currently on display at the Berlin Documentation Centre.

Refugee deaths surge in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 October 2016

According to UN data, 3,740 refugees drowned at sea in the first ten months of 2016, more than the total for all of last year.

Flight attendants union calls off strikes at Eurowings airline in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 26 October 2016

The small sectoral union, Ufo, does not represent any alternative to the large service sector union Verdi which collaborates closely with Lufthansa and other companies.

Plans take shape for red-red-green federal coalition in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 25 October 2016

Under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis, sections of the ruling elite see such a coalition as a good option to enforce austerity and war.

Germany: 1.4 million live on welfare for more than eight years

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 25 October 2016

Of the 4.2 million jobless deemed fit for work, many have been dependent on Hartz IV payments for years, facing constant harassment from the job centres.

Hundreds attend lecture by David North in Frankfurt, Germany

By our correspondents, 25 October 2016

In a lecture titled “Philosophy and Politics in Times of War and Revolution,” David North presented his book The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left.

Philosophy and Politics in an Age of War and Revolution

A lecture delivered at the Goethe University in Frankfurt

By David North, 25 October 2016

This lecture by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board Chairman David North was delivered in German on October 22 at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. North spoke at the invitation of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Divisions grow at EU summit over trans-Atlantic trade, war drive against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2016

The European Union is incapable not only of reaching agreement on policy, but of hiding the increasingly embittered tensions among its member states.

Germany: The liquidation of the Kaiser’s Tengelmann supermarket chain

By Marianne Arens, 22 October 2016

After the failure of the roundtable talks organised by the union Verdi, the bosses of the supermarket chain have begun to sell off stores in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Putin meets with Merkel and Hollande

By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2016

A meeting between the German chancellor and the French, Russian and Ukrainian presidents on Wednesday in Berlin produced no practical results.

Red-Red-Green coalition in Berlin state prepares to continue austerity drive

By Verena Nees, 20 October 2016

A so-called Red-Red-Green coalition in Berlin will pursue budgetary consolidation and impose an austerity programme on the backs of the working population.

The false friends of Peter Weiss, German dramatist, filmmaker and novelist

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 October 2016

Central to Peter Weiss’s work were the seminal experiences of the twentieth century––the crimes of fascism, the October Revolution and its subsequent betrayal by the Stalinist bureaucracy.

Bremen University student body protests against Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 October 2016

This and similar protests in Germany demonstrate that students are not prepared to tolerate the transformation of the universities into right-wing and militarist think tanks.

German media in war mode over Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 18 October 2016

German editorial writers and leading members of the Greens are calling for military intervention in Syria and for “toughness against Russia.”