Germany

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.

Germany: Official report speaks of “deliberate sabotage” by secret service in NSU case

By Sven Heymann, 10 September 2014

The final report of the Thuringia state parliamentary committee of inquiry into the series of murders by the far-right National Socialist Underground makes serious allegations against the state security authorities.

German train drivers union to hold warning strike Tuesday

By Dietmar Henning, 8 September 2014

The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) and the government have announced measures to prevent strikes by pilots, train drivers and many other workers.

German government discusses massive increase in military spending

By Christoph Dreier, 6 September 2014

At the NATO summit, leading German politicians spoke out for a clear increase in military spending.

German media steps up its warmongering

By Johnnes Stern, 6 September 2014

Whenever a new offensive for war commences, Germany's mainstream media ratchets up its propaganda.

German President Gauck threatens Russia with war

By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2014

German President Joachim Gauck used a meeting commemorating the outbreak of the Second World War to launch a direct attack on Russia.

German parliament approves shipment of weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 3 September 2014

The German intervention in Iraq and Berlin's aggressive posture towards Russia are part of the foreign policy shift to German great power politics announced at the beginning of the year at the Munich Security Conference.

Economic data show gathering global slump

By Nick Beams, 3 September 2014

Monetary stimulus has failed to halt recessionary trends in the global economy.

Germany: Social Democrats, Left Party responsible for growth of right in Saxony elections

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 September 2014

The right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland won 9.7 percent of the vote.

Germany: ThyssenKrupp announces more job cuts

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 2 September 2014

The company official who announced the layoffs was Oliver Burkard, who recently quit his post as local boss of the IG Metall union.

German media seeks to whip up public opinion against pilots and train drivers

By Marianne Arens, 1 September 2014

The goal of German airline and rail unions, including smaller unions like Cockpit, is to maximise the profits of Lufthansa and German Railways at the expense of the workforce.

Germany sends troops to Iraq

By Wolfgang Weber, 30 August 2014

The German intervention in Iraq is part of the new militarist foreign policy announced by the government at the start of the year.

Der Spiegel calls for military build-up in Germany

By Sven Heymann, 30 August 2014

Without saying it openly, the Spiegel authors suggest that the simplest solution to lagging military recruitment would be to reintroduce conscription.

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

After years of relative restraint, Germany is intervening to assert its global economic and geostrategic interests by military means.

German workers, youth speak on Ferguson: “This is not a democracy any more”

By our reporters, 27 August 2014

The events in the Ferguson, where an unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down by the police, have been closely followed in Europe.

Former head CIA lawyer defends torture in Der Spiegel interview

By Eric London, 27 August 2014

In defending state torture, John Rizzo, former acting CIA general counsel, has laid bare the growing presence of fascistic elements in the highest echelons of the American state.

German chancellor Merkel visits Kiev and backs regime

By Christoph Dreier, 26 August 2014

Attempts by Chancellor Merkel to secure German interests in negotiations with Russia do not mean the danger of war is receding.

Germany: Convicted real estate speculator takes over store chain

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014

The long-established German Karstadt department store chain is being sold to Austrian real estate speculator René Benko.

German government to deliver weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 August 2014

The defence minister has signalled a new stage in the revival of German militarism.

Germany expands its intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2014

For the first time, the Germany military will send “non-humanitarian” equipment to Iraq.

Further plant closures at Germany’s Heidelberg Press

By Gustav Kemper, 20 August 2014

The trade unions are playing a key role in imposing more redundancies at Germany’s biggest print machine manufacturer.

German army intervenes in Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2014

All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention in Iraq.

German secret service implicated in fascist murders

By Sven Heymanns and Dietmar Henning, 16 August 2014

The longer the ongoing trial of the National Socialist Undergound continues, the clearer it becomes that the state is working to cover up the involvement of its agencies in neo-Nazi murders.

German Left Party calls for military intervention in Iraq

By Christoph Dreier, 16 August 2014

The Left Party is aggressively using humanitarian crises as an excuse to justify German military participation in foreign conflicts.

German economy contracts as Europe slides closer to recession

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 August 2014

US-EU trade sanctions launched against Russia and the conflicts in the Middle East are exacerbating the economic crisis in Europe.

Germany: Osram cuts 7,800 jobs worldwide

By Ludwig Weller, 12 August 2014

The German-based lighting manufacturer announced a new round of job cuts last week.

Automaker Fiat shifts headquarters out of Italy

By Marianne Arens, 12 August 2014

After completing the merger with Chrysler, Fiat has shifted its headquarters from Turin to Amsterdam.

Tensions grow in Germany over threat of war with Russia

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 11 August 2014

A conflict between two leading German business papers, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reflects sharp tensions within ruling circles over foreign policy.

Germany’s Left Party suppresses opposition to militarism

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 August 2014

The Left Party is using the war in Gaza as an opportunity to place itself unconditionally behind the German government’s foreign policy.

German commission undermines parliametary approval requirement for military operations

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 9 August 2014

Largely unnoticed by the public, a commission of former defence politicians as well as military experts has been working to repeal the requirement that military operations abroad obtain parliamentary approval.

What lies behind the warmongering by Der Spiegel?

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation with Russia.

Austrian court delivers draconian verdict against student protester

By Denis Krassnin, 7 August 2014

The Viennese court’s harsh sentencing of Josef S. is meant to deter all protesters from pursuing their democratic rights.

European leaders use World War I commemoration to press for new wars

By Stefan Steinberg, 6 August 2014

Attending the two days of commemorations in the Belgian city of Liège were representatives from 83 countries.

August 1914 and the myth of general enthusiasm for war in the German working class

By Verena Nees, 6 August 2014

New scholarly publications provide evidence that opposition to the outbreak of the First World War was particularly strong within the working class.

Demonstration against Gaza massacre in Berlin: “Enough is enough!”

By our reporters, 5 August 2014

Despite a campaign of official intimidation, hundreds of people demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against the Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

The return of German Great Power politics and the attacks on the historian Fritz Fischer

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 5 August 2014

The Berlin political scientist Herfried Münkler is conducting a fierce campaign against Fritz Fischer, who has been a major influence on the understanding of German responsibility for the First World War.

German expenditure for weapons research has more than doubled since 2010

By Sven Heymanns, 4 August 2014

The growing involvement of universities in military research projects is a component of the return of German militarism.

Charges of anti-Semitism used to intimidate and criminalise opponents of war in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2014

While millions of people are deeply shocked by the brutal bombardment by the Israeli army of Gaza, politicians and media commentators in Germany have attacked opponents of the war.

General Electric buys up Alstom

By Max Schneider and Marianne Arens, 31 July 2014

Thousands of workers will pay the price for General Electric’s recent acquisition of Alstom’s energy sector.

Right-wing gutter journalism: Der Spiegel rails against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 July 2014

In the aftermath of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, the tirades against Russia in the German press have intensified.

German firm WMF plans elimination of 700 jobs

By K. Nesan, 29 July 2014

The main shareholder in the WMF group is the New York-based investment firm KKR.

German neo-Nazi trial: Why is Zschäpe silent?

By Dietmar Henning, 28 July 2014

A judge in Munich has rejected the request of the main defendant in the NSU trial to dismiss her public defenders.

Executive pay at German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp swells amid mass layoffs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 26 July 2014

The salaries of top executives at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp increased by up to 69 percent last year, even as the company laid off thousands of workers.

How the German Left Party backs Israel’s war against Gaza

By Sven Heymann and Peter Schwarz, 23 July 2014

Germany’s Left Party has taken on the task of defending the Israeli army’s brutal attack on Gaza.

Volkswagen CEO announces “painful cuts”

By Dietmar Henning, 22 July 2014

The German company plans to implement €5 in annual cost reductions within three years.

Following Malaysian plane disaster: German media pushes for confrontation with Moscow

By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2014

Barely 24 hours after the crash of the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, German media outlets are pushing for an escalation of the confrontation with Russia.

Austrian judiciary persecutes German student protester

By Denis Krassnin, 17 July 2014

A German student who protested against the far right in Vienna is being persecuted by the Austrian judiciary.

German department store Karstadt faces carve-up

By Dietmar Henning, 16 July 2014

Investor Nicolas Berggruen, who was hailed four years ago as a saviour by the trade unions and politicians, has shown no interest in retaining control of Karstadt, with its 17,000 workers.

Why is Stefan Kornelius so angry over the CIA spying scandal in Germany?

By Johannes Stern, 15 July 2014

Readers of the Süddeutsche Zeitung rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they saw a comment critical of Washington by the paper’s chief foreign correspondent, Stefan Kornelius.

The acquittal of HSH Nordbank: Capitalist class justice in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 July 2014

The judgment in the HSH Nordbank trial shows how the capitalist judicial system serves the financial aristocracy.

The US spy scandal and the return of German imperialism

By Peter Schwarz, 12 July 2014

The expulsion of the CIA station chief is directly linked to the revival of German imperialism.

German government demands departure of US spy chief

By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2014

The exposure of a second US spy in Germany in five days has unleashed a major scandal.

German foreign minister Steinmeier and the Civitella massacre

By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2014

Steinmeier cynically uses commemorations of Nazi war crimes to obscure the crimes of Berlin’s current war policy.

German Greens justify police action against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 10 July 2014

Many of the refugees come from Syria, Libya and other countries where the US and its European allies, encouraged by the Greens, have fomented bloody civil wars.

German chancellor makes her seventh visit to China

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 July 2014

As on previous visits, the chancellor was accompanied by a business delegation.

Following CIA spy revelations, German politicians turn on the US

By Peter Schwarz, 8 July 2014

The fierce reaction to the unmasking of a relatively low-ranking agent reflects a change in the direction of German foreign policy.

German unions support the government’s war policies

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 July 2014

The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) unreservedly supports the foreign policy of the grand coalition government and its return to great power politics and militiarism.

German parliament agrees to minimum wage

By Dietmar Henning, 5 July 2014

The main purpose of the new German minimum wage is to silence critics of the country’s low-wage sector.

German army to be equipped with drones

By Christoph Dreier, 5 July 2014

On Wednesday, German defence minister Ursula Von der Leyen announced to parliament that the army is to be equipped with drones capable of carrying weapons.

German Left Party defends drive to war

By Christoph Dreier, 3 July 2014

In an interview with a German daily newspaper last Friday, Left Party leader Dietmar Bartsch gave his full backing to the German government’s foreign policy.

German politicians, media seek to criminalize opponents of war

By Christoph Dreier, 30 June 2014

The German media and politicians are discussing legislation to combat widespread anti-war sentiment.

German automaker BMW reports record sales, prepares attacks on workers

By Michael Regens, 30 June 2014

In close collaboration with the trade unions, Germany’s third largest automaker is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures.

The return of the state secret police in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 June 2014

Top secret documents provided to the media by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden make clear the close collaboration between US and German intelligence agencies.

German Social Democrats, Greens, Left Party support German war policy

By Johannes Stern, 26 June 2014

In a recent panel discussion at a well known Berlin café, the SPD, Greens and Left Party supported the revival of German militarism.

Growing social inequality in Germany

By Denis Krasnin, 24 June 2014

The reduction in the unemployment figures touted by the government is connected with the rise in precarious employment.

GM-Opel: Union “social wage contract” splits German auto workers

By Dietmar Henning, 23 June 2014

The union-backed contract is the climax of a campaign to carry out the closure of the GM-Opel factory in Bochum.

German militarism and the US debacle in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2014

The German bourgeoisie is responding to the debacle of US imperialism in Iraq by intensifying its campaign for militarism and war.

German interior minister warns of threat of lethal attacks by Islamists

By Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2014

The German interior minister warned of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks by Islamist “religious warriors” in Germany and throughout Europe.

IG-Metall holds bogus “youth protest” at GM-Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany

By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2014

The same day as the event, the German metalworkers’ union signed a deal with GM-Opel sealing the fate of thousands of workers losing their jobs at the company’s Bochum plant.

German media clamours for a new Iraq war

By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2014

The German media has reacted to the crisis in Iraq by intensifying the campaign for militarism and war.

The German president’s call to arms

By Peter Schwarz, 17 June 2014

At the end of a three-day visit to Norway, the German president reiterated his call for a more aggressive German foreign policy.

Germany: Ford works council agrees to flexible working and job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 16 June 2014

The measures agreed in Cologne will bring the company total savings of $400 million (€295 million) over five years.

Ten years since the neo-Nazi attack in Cologne, Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 12 June 2014

Tens of thousands gathered in the Cologne district of Mülheim earlier this week to protest against racism and far-right violence.

US prepares to fine major French bank

By Stefan Steinberg, 9 June 2014

The US is preparing to impose a fine of some $10 billion on the French bank BNP Paribas.

No replacement jobs for most workers laid off from Bochum plant in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 5 June 2014

Despite assurances from the IG Metall trade union, only a small number of temporary and low-wage replacement jobs will be offered to the more than 3,000 laid-off workers.

German foreign intelligence service plans real-time surveillance of social networks

By Sven Heymann, 5 June 2014

The intelligence service’s declared aim is to have similar capabilities to the American NSA and British GCHQ.

Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2014

On Monday, the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) carried a comment combining hateful attacks on Putin and Russia with a presentation of the Second World War typically found in Nazi publications.

German firm Siemens to eliminate a further 11,600 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 3 June 2014

IG Metall and the works council defend the company’s competitiveness and profits, not the interests of the workers.

Germany: Leading journalists attempt to censor TV program

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2014

In response to revelations regarding their one-sided reporting and incestuous links with ruling elites, leading German journalists are calling for censorship.

Participants speak at PSG’s eve of poll election meeting

By our correspondents, 29 May 2014

The PSG were the only ones “who focused their election campaign on the danger of war,” a participant told the WSWS.

PSG holds successful final election meeting

By our correspondents, 27 May 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit concluded its European election campaign on Saturday with a well attended meeting in Berlin Tempelhof.

“No more war”

Video: PSG member speaks in Voices Against War

By Werner Siepmann, 24 May 2014

In this video, long-time Socialist Equality Party (PSG) member Werner Siepmann, 83, recounts his memories of the Second World War and calls on workers and young people to take up the fight against militarism.

Social Democrats outnumbered by opponents at Berlin rally

By Verena Nees, 22 May 2014

For its main European election rally in the German capital the SPD could only rally a group of no more than 300, mostly elderly SPD supporters and union officials.

European elections: PSG campaigns in Leipzig

By our correspondents, 21 May 2014

Discussions with workers and young people in Leipzig quickly revealed that the threat of war is an issue of great concern to many.

Germany: Marx21’s Janine Wissler elected to Left Party leadership

By Marianne Arens, 21 May 2014

The role of Janine Wissler is to provide a “left” face for the right wing course of the Left Party.

Osram workers in Berlin support PSG election campaign

By Verena Nees, 20 May 2014

PSG candidates distributed the party’s European election statement “Fight against war” at the Osram plant in Berlin during a shift change on May 15.

German army conducts biggest military exercises since Cold War

By Sven Heymann, 19 May 2014

The German army is engaged in its largest military exercises since the 1980s, including air, sea and ground forces.

German government proposes law to jail asylum-seekers

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2014

The Grand Coalition is planning a significant tightening of immigration laws.

Change in leadership of German trade union confederation

By Dietmar Henning, 17 May 2014

The main focus of the 20th Congress of the German Trade Union Confederation was the change in leadership, with Reiner Hoffmann taking over from Michael Sommer.

German Left Party consolidates itself as an establishment party

By Johannes Stern, 17 May 2014

A party that describes collaboration with fascists as an “error,” supports German militarism and NATO, and defends the EU and German big business can be described only as a reactionary bourgeois party.

German undercover agent dies in mysterious circumstances

By Sven Heymann, 15 May 2014

Thomas Richter, alias Corelli, is the second major witness into the links between the neo-Nazi NSU and the state security forces to die in mysterious circumstances.

PSG holds European election rally at Alexanderplatz in Berlin

By our correspondents, 14 May 2014

Last Saturday, the PSG’s European election campaign held a rally at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, attracting many passersby.