Democratic Rights in Europe
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 21 November 2015
As the government imposes a state of emergency, the employers federation is calling on businesses to report any suspect remark by workers to the police.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015
At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.
By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2015
Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship.
By Stéphane Hugues, 19 November 2015
Residents in the center of Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, were woken up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning by an enormous explosion and heavy gunfire.
By Anthony Torres, 19 November 2015
The modification of the French Constitution paves the way for security forces to ban strikes, demonstrations or any public meetings that displease the authorities.
By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2015
Leading Labour officials are seconding Tory and media denunciations of Labour leader Corbyn as a threat to “national security.”
By Christoph Dreier, 19 November 2015
The interior ministry is using an alleged planned terrorist attack in Hannover to provoke hysteria and press ahead with the strengthening of the state.
By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2015
While cynically bowing to mass support for Snowden’s exposure of state criminality, the EU offers him no protection from persecution by US and European spy agencies.
By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 October 2015
Upwards of 50 refugees died on Wednesday in several boating accidents while making the journey from the Turkish coast to the nearby Greek Aegean islands.
By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2015
Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany.
By Ulrich Rippert, 26 October 2015
Trade unions are acting as a fifth column of the German state, scapegoating refugees and supporting the drive towards war.
By our correspondents, 21 October 2015
About a thousand people demonstrated Saturday against the Berlin city government’s failure to provide even the most rudimentary social assistance to refugees.
By Andre Damon, 20 October 2015
With Serbia, Croatia, Austria and other countries moving to seal their borders, refugees have been left to brave the elements without shelter or warm clothes.
By Dietmar Henning, 19 October 2015
Despite official investigations, state authorities continue to conceal the true identities of those behind the Oktoberfest bombing.
By Benjamin Hader and Ute Reissner, 14 October 2015
The refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa have been left to their fate by the Hamburg Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Greens.
By Anthony Torres, 8 October 2015
While exploiting the assault earlier this year to justify imposing police-state measures, the Socialist Party is trying to hide the French state’s own role in the attacks.
By Johannes Stern, 30 September 2015
President Joachim Gauck regards the refugee crisis, brought about by Western war policy, as an opportunity to continue Germany’s imperialist course.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015
The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2015
Hungary detained over 150 migrants Tuesday after closing its last remaining border crossing, leaving hundreds of refugees on the Serbian side of a razor wire fence.
By Wolfgang Weber, 1 September 2015
Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2015
The horrors facing refugees are compounded by the day. On Thursday, two boats capsized near Libya, with hundreds feared dead. This follows the death of up to 50 Syrian refugees in a truck in Austria.
By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2015
Around 50 refugees and asylum seekers were found dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya Wednesday morning.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2015
The vicious assault unfolded amid a crisis over how to deal with the growing numbers fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2015
The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.
Background to the government attack on Netzpolitik.org
By Andreas Kunstmann, 8 August 2015
The BGH judges in 1992 made the decisive factor the legal opinion of judges who later became supporters of the Nazi state.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2015
The attack by the intelligence services on Netzpolitik.org has provoked a major political crisis.
By Ulrich Rippert, 1 August 2015
If a similar procedure were implemented in the US it would mean that any journalist who wrote on the material exposed by Edward Snowden would be liable for prosecution.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 July 2015
The international press is once again gripped by the question of how Germany can be kept under control and prevented from dominating Europe.
By Mike Head, 13 July 2015
At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.
By Stefan Steinberg, 7 July 2015
The recent protests in The Hague are a response to the poverty and years of police harassment prevailing in impoverished regions in the Netherlands.
On eve of referendum
By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2015
Statements by retired military officers calling for a “yes” vote in Sunday’s Greek referendum carry the implied threat of a coup.
By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015
President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.
By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2015
The arrest of Ahmed Mansour is a signal from Berlin that it views repressive measures by military dictatorships as politically legitimate.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 June 2015
An Amnesty International report released Monday provides a sense of the disaster produced by global capitalism and the operations of imperialism throughout the world.
By Simon Whelan, 15 June 2015
Defendant Bherlan Gildo was essentially kidnapped by the British state and charged with crimes for which it was in fact culpable.
By Richard Hoffman and Mike Head, 15 June 2015
Today, 800 years after the Magna Carta, the international working class confronts an historic assault on its fundamental democratic rights.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2015
While military intervention on the coast of Libya to destroy refugee boats is welcomed by all member states, the question of accepting refugees has unleashed a fierce dispute.
By Anthony Torres, 23 May 2015
The ruling reveals the impunity enjoyed by police, as the ruling class depends ever more directly on law-and-order hysteria to stabilize its rule.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2015
The proposed legislation would give the state the power to require an “extremist” group or individual to submit any written publication to the police before it is printed.
By Robert Stevens, 13 May 2015
The ruling is another blatant trampling on the democratic rights of Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
By Sven Heymanns, 5 May 2015
The BND has been spying on leading European politicians and companies on behalf of the NSA for decades.
By Kumaran Ira, 24 April 2015
The Socialist Party government is seizing on the recent terror plot in the French capital to legitimise anti-terror and spying measures.
By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2015
The build-up of a paramilitary police force in Germany under the framework of the "war on terror" is part of a massive military expansion at home and abroad.
By Christoph Dreier and Alex Lantier, 19 March 2015
Police arrested 350 people after thousands of protesters from across Europe converged on Frankfurt to protest austerity measures targeting Greece and other countries.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 February 2015
Omar El-Hussein’s terrorist attack was a reactionary and demoralised response to growing anti-immigrant chauvinism, militarism and social inequality in Denmark.
By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2015
More details have emerged regarding the alleged gunman's biography, confirming how well-known he was to police.
By Nick Barrickman, 17 February 2015
Reporters Without Borders now ranks the United States below Niger and El Salvador on media freedom.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2015
Britain colluded in the use of the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia by the US for its criminal activities.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 February 2015
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited detention centres in 25 of the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe to examine detainee conditions.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2015
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote to then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that he was “disappointed” that Britain was unable to send more regime opponents back to Libya.
By our reporters, 2 February 2015
The water charges are supported by the Dublin government as part of the multi-billion euro bailout programme concluded with the Troika in 2010.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 January 2015
A report commissioned by the BBC states that the rise of populist anti-establishment parties is set to cause political earthquakes across Europe in 2015.
By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2015
Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks to dramatically expand the machinery of police-state rule.
By Johann Müller, 21 January 2015
The programme details Snowden’s persecution by the US authorities and his search for a country that would grant him asylum.
By Julie Hyland, 20 January 2015
Since 9/11, successive UK governments have introduced a series of “anti-terror” measures, each more draconian than its predecessor.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 January 2015
The German city of Schwerte announced plans to accommodate around 20 refugees in a former SS barracks on one of the sites of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 January 2015
Security forces have been deployed across Europe in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 January 2015
The US Drug Enforcement Administration carried out mass surveillance of US telephone data over a period of more than a decade.
By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2015
Governments throughout Europe have lost no time in using anti-terror police raids in Belgium, France and Germany to whip up a climate of fear and justify demands for further repressive measures.
By Chris Marsden and Jerry White, 16 January 2015
The two heads of state—whose countries have carried out a sustained attack on democratic rights—issued a jointly authored comment Thursday: “We won’t let the voice of freedom be muzzled.”
By Niles Williamson, 16 January 2015
The FBI disclosed that the alleged plot did not represent a real threat as it had been developed with the direct participation of an undercover informant.
By Ulrich Rippert, 14 January 2015
Governments throughout Europe are exploiting the shock and confusion generated by the assault on Charlie Hebdo to push through policies that have long been prepared.
By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2015
For decades, the US, France and other imperialist powers have rained down bombs on defenceless civilians, carried out assassinations, and committed horrible war crimes.
By Dietmar Henning, 13 January 2015
Daimler management and its works council have agreed to compare all its employees against EU and US terrorist watch lists every three months.
By Peter Symonds, 13 January 2015
No one should accept the explanations of police and intelligence agencies that the perpetrators of the attack on Charlie Hebdo simply slipped through the net.
By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2015
The French government and the European Union are seeking to exploit shock over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo to shift the entire framework of bourgeois politics sharply to the right.
By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2015
A two-day manhunt sparked by the massacre of 12 people at the editorial offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo ended in twin shootouts in which another seven people died.
By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2015
French President Hollande’s invitation to the neo-fascist leader is a warning that the ruling class intends to exploit the reactionary attack on Charlie Hebdo to legitimize fascist parties and prepare for dictatorship.
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015
In the wake of the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, nearly 90,000 police, troops and civil servants have been mobilized to search for the two gunmen who escaped from the scene.
By David North, 9 January 2015
In the aftermath of the shootings in Paris, the state is utilizing the opportunity provided by the terrorists to whip up support for authoritarianism and militarism.
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2015
Several US media outlets reported that both Cherif and Said Kouachi had been placed on the American no-fly list many years ago.
By Christoph Dreier, 9 January 2015
On Monday, approximately 15,000 people took part in the right-wing, anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations in Dresden, Germany.
By Alex Lantier and Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2015
Whoever was behind this massacre, it plays into the hands of the most reactionary forces seeking war abroad and police-state measures at home.
By Alejandro López, 22 December 2014
The aim of Spain’s Citizens Security Law is to prevent demonstrations organised outside of the control of the main parties and union bureaucracies.
By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2014
Officials across Europe are reacting to confirmation of CIA torture by insisting that they should enjoy total immunity for their role in the program.
By David Walsh, 11 December 2014
The unraveling of the Rolling Stone feature story sheds a good deal of light on the upper-middle class individuals and groups obsessed with identity politics.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 December 2014
Refugee protests have been met with violence from Munich police.
Britain joins campaign to revoke passports
By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2014
Once again, under the guise of the “war against terror”, the state is accruing authoritarian powers, including the ability to effectively render a British citizen stateless.
By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2014
In an attempt to catch up with US and UK spy agencies, the BND is implementing a major upgrade.
By David Walsh, 3 November 2014
Washington’s vindictive effort is the latest episode in a campaign to return the director to the US based on his having pled guilty in 1977 to having sex with an underage girl.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 31 October 2014
This anti-democratic and discriminatory action is the product of constant anti-Muslim agitation by the French political establishment.
By Anthony Torres, 28 October 2014
The bill is an attack on freedom of movement as defined by international law and vastly expands the state’s ability to censor political speech.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 September 2014
Google complies with at least 84 percent of US government data requests, which have risen by 250 percent during the past five years.
By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2014
The British government has approached the US in an attempt to censor information regarding Britain’s involvement in rendition and torture.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014
Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation with Russia.
By Pierre Mabut, 29 May 2014
Stepped-up attacks on immigrants are the Socialist Party government’s response to the victory of the French neo-fascists in last week’s European elections.
By Jerry White, 13 May 2014
The Michigan legislature is debating a series of bills to impose a permanent financial authority on Detroit that would remain in place long after the city emerges from bankruptcy.
By Sven Heymanns, 3 May 2014
While Chancellor Merkel was being welcomed at the White House Friday by President Obama, the Bundestag (parliamentary) Committee of Inquiry into the NSA received a government file opposing the questioning of whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Anthony Torres, 17 April 2014
French intelligence services are collecting all the data of Orange’s customers with no restrictions, oversight, or legal foundation.
By Alejandro López, 15 April 2014
Madrid is escalating its attacks on democratic rights in response to widespread opposition to the social catastrophe produced by its austerity measures.
By our reporters, 12 April 2014
The protest reflected growing anger at police brutality and impunity.
By Hector Cordon, 31 March 2014
Police officers in Spokane, Washington shot and killed a man Wednesday as he was walking out of his house in compliance with their orders.
By Katerina Selin, 13 March 2014
Students in Greece protesting for the right to an education are facing prosecution and possible imprisonment.
By Alejandro López, 13 March 2014
As the result of a new Spanish law, dozens of investigations will be dropped into crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and torture.
By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014
After President Obama’s promise not to listen in on Angela Merkel’s phone calls, the NSA has stepped up its operations against everybody she speaks to.
By Marianne Arens, 11 February 2014
The initiative commits the government to renegotiate the agreement on freedom of movement with the EU within three years.
By Pierre Mabut, 4 February 2014
On January 28, a French administrative tribunal rejected the request for a resident’s permit by the family of Leonarda Dibrani.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 3 February 2014
The impoverishment of the Roma is a direct result of the restoration of capitalism after 1989 in Eastern Europe.
By Alejandro López, 28 December 2013
With the new legislation, the Popular Party has accepted yet another demand of the Catholic hierarchy.