Democratic Rights in Europe
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.
By Liz Smith, 21 November 2013
David Blunkett’s provocative remarks attacking Roma in Sheffield is reminiscent of Conservative MP Enoch Powell's notorious anti-immigrant “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 November 2013
Four decades since the Greek junta attacked the Polytechnio in Athens, the Greek government is again threatening to attack protesting university staff and students.
By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2013
The percentage of Germans who consider the United States to be a reliable partner has fallen from 50 percent in July to just 35 percent today.
By Julie Hyland, 9 November 2013
The discovery of “Maria” was the occasion for a hysterical campaign over alleged Roma child-trafficking.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2013
The issue of the basic democratic right to asylum plays an entirely subordinate role in the debate in Germany on the plight of Edward Snowden.
By John Vassilopoulos and Jordan Shilton, 2 November 2013
The mass media and political establishment are stoking up centuries-old prejudices against Roma people, one of the most oppressed and vulnerable ethnic groups in Europe.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 22 October 2013
The brutality of the seizure of Leonarda triggered social opposition that had been fermenting under the surface for a long time.
A letter from film producer Tony Garnett
2 September 2013
The following comment in defence of former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by film producer and author Tony Garnett.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 August 2013
All the establishment parties are seeking to whitewash the intelligence agencies and cover over their role in building up the far right scene.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 August 2013
The EU’s agency for the protection of European borders, Frontex, has worked with the Greek state to set up centres that are characterized by subhuman conditions.
By Johann Muller and Lucas Adler, 7 August 2013
The Pirate Party, founded only a few years ago on the basis of demands for transparency, data protection and privacy, is responding to the exposure of the largest surveillance machinery in human history by granting political legitimacy to the secret services.
By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2013
The European Union has proposed the creation of what amounts to a pan-European equivalent to the National Security Agency, armed with a European drone programme and a spy satellite network.
By Alex Lantier, 6 August 2013
Offensive to promote anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiment in France.
By our reporters, 31 July 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) held well-attended meetings in defence of Edward Snowden in Berlin, Bochum and Frankfurt.
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 July 2013
The German television news program “Report Mainz” broadcast a short film dealing with the plight of refugees trying to reach Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 July 2013
NSA documents show that the German intelligence services are among the NSA’s closest partners, spying on both foreign targets and the German people.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 July 2013
According to a report in the French daily Le Monde, the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE, spies on “all of our communications”.
By Marianne Arens, 11 June 2013
A referendum was held Sunday on proposals to strengthen the law against asylum seekers.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2013
On April 17 and 18, anti-terrorist units of numerous European Union member states participated in an operation involving simulated terrorist attacks in nine different countries.
By Julie Hyland, 18 March 2013
The rights of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens have been targeted by the European Union.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2013
To win support from the ultra-nationalist electoral constituency and from Murdoch, Labour has moved decisively in taking up anti-immigration propaganda.
By Sybille Fuchs, 14 February 2013
A recent report provides a shocking exposure of the contempt shown by local authorities and church institutions in Dortmund for workers from southeast Europe.
By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG), 10 January 2013
Last month, the German upper house of parliament agreed to take a case to the Supreme Court aiming to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 January 2013
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has condemned the Republic of Macedonia for its role in the CIA rendition of Khaled El-Masri.
By Vicky Short and Alejandro López, 6 December 2012
Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party government is preparing to impose €90 billion in budget cuts over the next two years.
By Justus Leicht, 9 October 2012
Opposition to laws that permit a religious practice carried out for thousands of years comes not only from the extreme right, but also from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the Left Party.
In response to Muslim protests
By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2012
The aim of the anti-Islamic campaign is to divide the working class, suppress opposition to imperialist war, whip up right-wing forces, and direct growing social tensions into reactionary, racist channels.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 16 August 2012
Violent clashes youth and police took place on Sunday and Monday nights in the Amiens-Nord council estate.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 August 2012
Last weekend, some 4,500 Athens police officers were mobilized to round up thousands of people believed to be immigrants.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 August 2012
The new social-democratic government is threatening to dismantle Roma encampments and force the Roma into “integration villages.”
27 April 2012
The following is a selection of readers’ letters on “Hands off the Socialist Equality Party in Germany!”
By Peter Schwarz, 26 April 2012
The assault on three meetings of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany in defence of Günter Grass represent an enormous intensification of the attacks on democratic rights.
Right-wing Zionist provocateurs and student council representative close down Leipzig meeting to defend Günter Grass
By our correspondents, 26 April 2012
As with previous meetings in Frankfurt and Berlin, a meeting in Leipzig held Tuesday was met with a huge and coordinated provocation.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2012
Tuesday’s ruling by the European human rights court allowing Britain’s extradition of five alleged terror suspects to the US speaks volumes about the erosion of basic democratic principles throughout Europe.
By Julie Hyland, 12 April 2012
The decision by the European Court of Human Rights that five men detained on terror-related charges can be extradited to the United States marks a major assault on democratic rights.
By Wolfgang Weber, 11 April 2012
The campaign of defamation against one of the world’s best known writers, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature and many other awards, makes clear that the German ruling class and its counterparts in Washington and Tel Aviv are intent on intimidating and silencing anyone who dares criticise the preparations for war against Iran.
By Kumaran Ira, 4 April 2012
Early Friday morning, French anti-terrorist police and domestic intelligence carried out raids in major cities across France, arresting 19 people.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 2 April 2012
The police shooting death of an unemployed Nigerian woman again raises the question of why German authorities are so reluctant to indict those responsible for numerous cases of unwarranted deadly violence.
By Dietmar Henning, 23 January 2012
The German government has responded to revelations of neo-Nazi murders by the Zwickau terrorist cell by centralizing and expanding the security authorities.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 October 2011
The eviction of an Irish traveller encampment at Dale Farm in southeast England began on Wednesday morning.
By Sybille Fuchs, 14 October 2011
Germany’s security services are placing spyware on personal computers, violating basic rights and the stipulations of the German Supreme Court.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 August 2011
On August 9, the city of Marseille in southern France announced that it had prepared a municipal order to forcibly evacuate some 100 Roma people.