Socialist Equality Party (Germany)

SGP election rally: International meeting in Berlin calls for stepped-up struggle against capitalism and war

By our reporters, 27 September 2017

The rally took place on the final day of the election campaign waged throughout Germany by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP, Socialist Equality Party).

SGP election meeting: “War and inequality mutually reinforce one another”

By our correspondents, 27 September 2017

The speeches to the Berlin meeting by leading members of the Fourth International from Germany, Britain, France and the US were closely followed by the audience and found a very positive response.

The war danger and the significance of the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany

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

The incoming government’s policies have long been decided: an unprecedented intensification of militarism, the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus and social cuts.

Socialist Equality Party holds election meeting in Berlin

By our reporters, 13 September 2017

The meeting was addressed by Socialist Equality Party candidate Christoph Vandreier and Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the SEP in Britain.

Germany’s federal election campaign and the danger of global nuclear war

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2017

The media and political parties have long sought to keep the issues of war and militarism out of the election campaign, but reality is now catching up with them.

German SGP election candidate speaks at student protest against deportations

By our reporters, 4 September 2017

Marianne Arens, an election candidate of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), spoke at a demonstration of students in the town of Offenbach protesting against the deportation of classmates to Afghanistan.

Socialist Equality Party of Germany presents its posters for September federal election

By our reporters, 7 August 2017

“We have focused on the central question facing workers in Germany and around the world: the growing danger of war,” said Ulrich Rippert, chairman of the Socialist Equality Party.

Support the strike by VW workers in Slovakia!

By Ulrich Rippert chairman of the SGP and SGP candidate in North Rhine Westphalia, 26 June 2017

The 8,000 striking Volkswagen workers in Slovakia deserve the support of VW and all autoworkers throughout Germany and the world.

German Socialist Equality Party holds meeting on its election program

By our correspondents, 24 June 2017

Representatives of the SEP outlined their election manifesto against militarism and social inequality at a meeting in Berlin.

German law professor accuses Baberowski of right-wing extremism and historical revisionism

By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2017

Despite right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski’s defeat in court, the Presidium of Humboldt University continues to defend him. Bremen-based law Professor Andreas Fischer-Lescano has therefore accused the university Presidium of being “an accomplice of right-wing scholarship.”

Germany: The bankruptcy of the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 14 June 2017

The congress held by the Left Party last weekend in Hanover confirmed that this party, despite its name, has nothing in common with genuinely left or socialist politics, but instead defends capitalism.

Socialist Equality Party stands candidates in German election: Against militarism and war! For socialism!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 5 June 2017

At the centre of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) election campaign is a socialist programme directed against war and capitalism and expressing the interests of the working class and youth all over the world.

Germany: Great interest in upcoming screening of Tsar to Lenin at Leipzig Book Fair

By our correspondents, 22 March 2017

The IYSSE and Mehring Verlag will be screening the documentary on the Russian Revolution at the upcoming Leipzig Book Fair.

German ICFI section adopts new name

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 28 February 2017

On February 18-19, 2017, the German section of the ICFI held a congress that unanimously resolved to change the party’s name from Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Party for Social Equality) to Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party).

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.

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

PSG candidate in Berlin election speaks on German television

By our correspondents, 12 September 2016

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

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

By Andy Niklaus, 9 September 2016

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

State election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

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

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

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

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

By our correspondents, 31 August 2016

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

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

By our correspondents, 22 August 2016

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

Berlin state election 2016

Vote against war! Vote PSG!

Election manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party

1 August 2016

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG, Socialist Equality Party) is standing a statewide list and constituency candidates in Wedding, Tempelhof-Schöneberg and Friedrichshain for the Berlin Senate (state legislature) election on September 18.

Massive police operation in Munich—an attack on democracy

By Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 25 July 2016

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

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

By our reporter, 23 July 2016

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

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

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 18 July 2016

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

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

By our reporters, 16 July 2016

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

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

By Peter Schwarz, 11 July 2016

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

The significance of the Brexit referendum for the European working class

By Peter Schwarz, 18 June 2016

Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, delivered the following speech in London to a June 14 public meeting sponsored by the SEP (UK).

Left Party advocates joint candidate with SPD and Greens for German presidency

By Johannes Stern, 13 June 2016

The Left Party has responded to the announcement by federal President Joachim Gauck that he will be retiring next year “on age grounds” by moving further to the right.

Public meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

The referendum on Brexit: Why the SEP rejects both camps

11 June 2016

On Friday, June 17, Chris Marsden, a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site from Britain, will speak in Berlin at Humboldt University on the referendum for British withdrawal from the EU, and on the party’s campaign for an active boycott.

May Day 2016: Once again, German militarism is rearing its ugly head

By Uli Rippert, 6 May 2016

Uli Rippert, general secretary of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

May Day 2016: The crisis of the European Union and the drive towards war

By Peter Schwarz, 6 May 2016

Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

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.

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.

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.

German childcare workers’ wage dispute: Vote “no”!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 13 October 2015

Although union members resoundingly rejected an arbitration proposal in June, the trade unions are now holding a new vote on virtually the same sell-out contract.

The struggle against the TTIP is a class question

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 10 October 2015

It makes a big difference whether one combats the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from the standpoint of the international working class or from the standpoint of German national interests.

The Socialist Equality Party of Germany reviews the lessons of Greece

By Marianne Arens, 17 September 2015

The PSG held a successful series of meetings on the lessons of the crisis in Greece in Leipzig and Bochum, with a final meeting in Frankfurt last Sunday.

PSG campaigns throughout Germany for public meetings on the crisis in Greece

By our correspondents, 7 September 2015

The balance sheet of the Syriza government, which is implementing unprecedented austerity measures, has been the subject of intense discussions during the campaign.

Socialist Equality Party holds meeting in Berlin on Syriza and the crisis in Greece

By Verena Nees, 30 July 2015

The meeting put forward the position that the defence of the working class in Greece requires a united struggle by the entire European working class against austerity.

Defend the Greek workers! Oppose the diktat of Schäuble and Merkel!

By Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 July 2015

The PSG (Socialist Equality Party) in Germany calls on workers throughout Europe to declare their solidarity with the workers in Greece and resist the German government and EU.

Fraud charges and shareholder revolt at Deutsche Bank

By Verena Nees, 8 June 2015

The furore surrounding Deutsche Bank has profound causes rooted in economic and political developments since the 2008 financial crisis.

The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

Successful campaign for book presentation in Leipzig

By Christoph Dreier, 12 March 2015

Historical questions come up immediately in discussions with workers and students in Leipzig.

Leader of German Social Democrats sides with right-wing Pegida movement

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 February 2015

Sigmar Gabriel used a news magazine interview to legitimize fascist views.

German television series Tannbach and German postwar history

By Sybille Fuchs, 9 February 2015

The ZDF mini-series attempts to encompass the history of divided Germany following the Second World War.

IYSSE wins seat in Humboldt University Parliament

22 January 2015

According to the preliminary election results released early Thursday morning by Humboldt University, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will have one seat in the student parliament. The ballots were tabulated late Wednesday night following voting that was held over two days.

German IYSSE meeting series ends with discussion on historical falsification and the universities

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The final meeting of the IYSSE at Humboldt University in this year’s student parliament election campaign took place on Monday.

Humboldt University discussion: “The Charlie Hebdo campaign is being used to suppress freedom of speech”

By our reporters, 21 January 2015

The comprehensive report and discussion at the IYSSE’s final election meeting at Humboldt University encouraged several participants to speak out afterwards.

German Chancellor Merkel backs police state measures and militarism

By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2015

The German ruling elite is using the Charlie Hebdo affair to advance an agenda it has long been preparing: the dismantling of democratic rights and Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.

Germany: Refugee murdered after anti-immigrant demonstration

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 January 2015

20-year-old Khaled Idris Bahray was beaten to death outside his apartment in Dresden.

IYSSE at Humboldt University begins seminars on the return of German militarism

By our reporters, 7 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is sponsoring a series of lectures at Berlin”s Humboldt University and is running in the student union election to oppose German militarism.

IYSSE (Germany) lecture series: The return of German militarism and the falsification of history

27 December 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Germany will hold three meetings in January at Humboldt University addressing key historical and political issues.

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.

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.

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.

The struggle against war and the tasks of the PSG

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, 14 November 2014

The German Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, PSG) held its Second National Congress in Berlin between October 31 and November 2.

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.

Packed IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 October 2014

Some 200 people, including many students from Humboldt University, packed the hall for a meeting called by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality on the topic “Why do the German elites once again want war?”

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

European election results for the Socialist Equality Party (UK) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany)

By our correspondent, 29 May 2014

The PSG of Germany received 9,852 votes nationwide, while the SEP (UK) obtained 5,067 votes in Britain’s northwest region.

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.

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.

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.

PSG election campaign gains significant support in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 May 2014

Workers in the German capital discussed the issues in the European elections with Partei für Soziale Gleichheit candidates and supporters.

European election: Hessian Rundfunk interviews PSG candidate

By our correspondents, 9 May 2014

The PSG is campaigning against the revival of German militarism with street meetings, information stands and election posters.

Uli Rippert: The struggle against militarism and war

By Uli Rippert, 8 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Uli Rippert, national secretary of the PSG in Germany, to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio

ICFI meeting in Paris on May 11 for the European elections

No to war against Russia! No to austerity! Support the ICFI in the European elections!

8 May 2014

Peter Schwarz: The European Union and the United Socialist States of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, to the International Online May Day Rally.
Link to audio

PSG campaign: “It is not true that the Western powers stand for democracy and human rights”

By our reporters, 5 May 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit has won an important response from workers and young people in its campaign against war and militarism.

PSG campaigns in Cologne: “It is unacceptable that fascists are in power in Kiev”

By our correspondents, 30 April 2014

Over the past two weeks, members and supporters of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit spoke with workers, the unemployed and students in Cologne.

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit launches European election campaign in Berlin

By our correspondent, 29 April 2014

The Socialist Equality Party enters the European election campaign as the only party in Germany opposing the warmongering of the country’s politicians, academics and media.

German PSG releases European election broadcast

By our correspondents, 28 April 2014

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit-PSG) released its broadcast for the European elections on Friday.

European elections: PSG campaign against war evokes great interest in Stuttgart

By our reporters, 26 April 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany—PSG) campaigned last week in Stuttgart to build for an April 26 meeting on the struggle against the war danger in Ukraine and the revival of German militarism.

No to war! Vote PSG!

European election statement of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany)

18 April 2014

The PSG is the only party that opposes the revival of German militarism. All other parties are conspiring against the population, which is broadly opposed to militaristic great-power politics.

The crisis in Ukraine and the sea change in German foreign policy

By Peter Schwarz, 3 April 2014

German foreign policy has shifted toward confrontation with Russia. Berlin is pursuing a course of aggressive imperialist expansion along the same lines as in 1914 and 1941.

Socialist Equality Party (Germany) officially on ballot for European election

By our reporter, 17 March 2014

The Federal Electoral Committee has approved the participation of the Socialist Equality Party in the European election set for May 25.

Mehring Books and SEP (Germany) hold two meetings at Leipzig Book Fair

13 March 2014

On March 15, Mehring Books will showcase Leon Trotsky’s work, Europe at War. Mehring Books and the German SEP are also sponsoring a second meeting on the relevance of Trotsky’s work to the danger of war and the crisis in Ukraine.

Over 4,000 signatures support German Socialist Equality Party for European elections

By our correspondents, 8 March 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (PSG) handed in over 4,000 signatures to the federal election office supporting its candidature in the European election. The PSG is the only party opposing the European Union from the standpoint of the working class.

Appearance of Robert Service in Berlin ends in fiasco

By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2014

Service’s public lecture was canceled and moved to a secret location from which all critics were barred.

Nine questions for Robert Service

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 11 February 2014

On February 12, British author Robert Service will speak at Berlin’s Humboldt University about his internationally discredited biography of Leon Trotsky. The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit has formulated nine questions for Service.

February 8 meeting in Berlin

Baberowski’s invitation to Service: The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification

4 February 2014

Wolfgang Weber of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany will elaborate the critique of Robert Service’s Trotsky biography and discuss the philosophical and political foundations of the post-Soviet school of historical falsification.

European election: SEP (Germany) collects signatures in Leipzig and Halle

By our correspondents, 27 January 2014

Those who spoke to the SEP said there was no one in the establishment parties who represented them.

Socialist Equality Party of Germany publishes open letter to Professor Jörg Baberowski

24 January 2014

We publish here a letter sent by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany to Professor Jörg Baberowski, head of the Department of Eastern European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

The Socialist Equality Party candidates for the European election

By our correspondent, 16 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party-Germany (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, PSG) is standing candidates in the European election due to take place on May 25, 2014.

German Socialist Equality Party members collect signatures for European elections

By our correspondent, 15 January 2014

In Berlin and Leipzig, campaign teams spoke to workers and youth at job centers, shopping centers and universities, discussing a socialist and internationalist program in the European elections.

Against the European Union, for the United Socialist States of Europe!

Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections

10 January 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) seek to mobilise a mass political and social movement of the European working class against big business, its parties and its governments.

Berlin rally commemorates 75th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 5 December 2013

Leading representatives of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit of Germany and the Socialist Equality Party of Britain spoke at a November 30 meeting to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Workers, youth speak on Berlin meeting to mark 75th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 5 December 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with workers and youth who attended the meeting in Berlin last weekend.

Public meeting in Paris marks the 15th Anniversary of the WSWS

By our reporter, 7 October 2013

Supporters of the WSWS and the International Committee of the Fourth International held a well-attended public meeting on September 29 in Paris.

Germany: Left Party leader attacks PSG election campaign

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 September 2013

A leader of the Left Party and vice president of the German parliament has verbally attacked the Socialist Equality Party.