Democratic Rights in Europe
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2016
The tumultuous events in Turkey have exposed the interconnection between the worldwide eruption of US militarism and the global breakdown of democratic forms of rule.
By Alex Lantier, 21 July 2016
Amid a deep crisis of bourgeois democracy and seething social tensions across Europe, the ruling elite aims to transition from democratic to dictatorial forms of rule.
By Christoph Vandreier, 19 July 2016
The aim is to exploit an emotionally charged issue to strengthen the state and scapegoat refugees.
By Alex Lantier, 18 July 2016
Well before the political character of the mass killing in Nice has been clearly established, the French government is pushing for military escalation inside and outside France.
By James Cogan, 16 July 2016
The political upheaval in Turkey is testimony to the generalised breakdown taking place internationally in the political institutions and mechanisms of bourgeois rule.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2016
French President Francois Hollande invoked the horrific attack to justify expansion of the “state of emergency” for another three months.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 July 2016
At their latest meeting in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, EU interior ministers agreed on speedier deportation of refugees and closer cooperation with African dictatorships.
By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2016
The report, which evades the role of the imperialist war in Syria in creating the Islamist networks that carried out the attacks, is awash with contradictions and evasions.
By Trevor Johnson, 6 July 2016
The inquest is into the bombings themselves and their victims, rather than the frame-up of six innocent men.
By Trevor Johnson, 15 June 2016
The UK’s security and spying agencies are being rewarded for their criminality with new and almost unlimited powers.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2016
Tuesday night’s TV debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage centred on who could more aggressively scapegoat migrants.
By Alan Gilman, 9 June 2016
The new attempt by the Polish government to extradite Polanski is the latest chapter in the US government’s vindictive pursuit of the filmmaker.
By Julie Hyland, 7 June 2016
The campaign makes no mention of the Cameron government’s austerity agenda that has seen millions of jobs destroyed, wages cut, welfare slashed to the bone and migrants denied entry to the UK.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 6 June 2016
Within eight days, many more than 1,200 refugees have drowned during their voyage to Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 6 June 2016
Throughout Europe, the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris are being used as a pretext for constructing a police state, just as happened in the US following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 June 2016
The number of refugee deaths over the first five months of this year, up 35 percent from 2015, has hit a new record.
By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2016
The national chair of the Green Party confronted Professor Baberowski on the “Maybrit Illner” talk show with his demand to employ the methods of a war of extermination to fight terrorists.
By Christoph Vandreier, 31 May 2016
At the Phil.Cologne congress, the Humboldt University professor declared that “men in Germany” were helpless against refugees because they had forgotten how to fight.
By Laura Tiernan, 30 May 2016
In the deadliest week for refugees so far this year, over 700 people died trying to reach Europe from North Africa in three separate disasters.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 May 2016
Over the past decade and a half, the social democratic parties, working with the trade unions, have led the drive to impose austerity on the working class.
By Andy Niklaus and Karola Kleinert, 27 May 2016
A hundred-strong force of the Berlin police conducted a brutal raid on Roma families protesting against their threatened deportation.
By Chris Marsden, 26 May 2016
The various military officials and spy chiefs backing either side in the Brexit campaign are all committed to defending British and US imperialism, particularly in the conflict with Russia.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 May 2016
Angela Merkel traveled to Turkey last week in an attempt to shore up the deal stuck between Turkey and the EU to block refugees from entering Europe.
By Josh Varlin, 26 May 2016
The Stockholm Court rejected the conclusion of a United Nations working group that Assange has been arbitrarily detained in violation of international human rights conventions.
By Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2016
For over a year, the Secret Service has refused to publish files relating to the bombing of the Munich Oktoberfest 35 years ago.
By Ross Mitchell, 25 May 2016
The government plans to shrink the public sector by 20 percent, with pay and staffing being cut by 10 percent by 2020 overall.
By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016
The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.
By Andre Damon and Alex Lantier, 23 May 2016
Underlying the global breakdown of democratic institutions is the world economic crisis, the growth of militarism and war, and, above all, the intensification of the class struggle.
By Robert Stevens, 17 May 2016
No explanation has yet been provided by Manchester United, the police or the company that left a dummy explosive device in a football stadium, of Sunday’s extraordinary events.
By Carola Kleinert, 10 May 2016
Refugees in Germany are being crammed into inhumane camps, bullied and brutally deported.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 May 2016
Congress is reviewing statutory changes to a little known “Rule 41” that will allow the FBI and other security agencies to hack and spy on computers and networks anywhere in the world, based on a single, non-specific warrant.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The verdict in the longest jury case in British legal history vindicates the campaign by the families and supporters of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans killed 27 years ago.
By Robert Stevens, 28 April 2016
The death of 96 Liverpool football supporters on April 15, 1989 was followed by a 27-year cover-up.
By Verena Nees, 26 April 2016
On April 2, around 30 police stormed into Alice-Salomon College, forced all students and tutors present into the main auditorium, blocked all exits and collected personal information.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016
The planned legislation does nothing to help refugees, but is instead an attack on basic democratic rights.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2016
Thousands of deaths by drowning are accepted, if not welcomed, as collateral damage required by the campaign to keep desperate refugees out of Europe.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2016
According to reports, hundreds more refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on the first anniversary of the worst refugee boat disaster to date.
By Kumaran Ira, 19 April 2016
French President François Hollande began his four-day trip to the Middle East, visiting Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, to boost economic and military ties amidst escalating war.
By Anthony Torres, 19 April 2016
Mohamed Abrini’s accomplices were all known to intelligence services, as were their aliases and their movements, but they were not arrested.
By Peter Schwartz, 16 April 2016
The prosecution of Böhmermann for his denunciations of the Turkish president sets a precedent for censorship and political repression in Germany.
By Dietmar Henning, 14 April 2016
A construction company belonging to an undercover government agent employed the National Socialist Underground terrorist Uwe Mundlos after his disappearance.
By John Vassilopoulos, 12 April 2016
A leaked teleconference transcript published by WikiLeaks exposed differences between the European Union and IMF on how to enforce a third austerity package.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 April 2016
Greece and the Balkan states stepped up police violence and repression in the wake of the EU’s deal to deport refugees en masse to Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2016
The police-state measures and summary deportations employed by the Syriza government against refugees are of a piece with its relentless attacks on the Greek working class.
By Johannes Stern, 5 April 2016
The brutal actions against refugees and the militarisation of Europe are directly linked to the intensification of the attacks on the working class in Greece and throughout the continent.
By Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2016
The Hungarian government plans to expand surveillance of telephone and internet data.
By Chris Marsden, 31 March 2016
Judges ruled that the UK had not violated article two of the European Convention of Human Rights protecting the right to life.
By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2016
As NATO powers tried to discredit accusations that they relied on terrorists in their war in Syria, they downplayed signs that ISIS was developing a terror network in Europe.
By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 25 March 2016
The extent of state intelligence foreknowledge in the Brussels attack explodes the official narrative that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots.”
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 24 March 2016
Claims that the attacks in Brussels that killed 34 people occurred because Belgian and allied intelligence agencies somehow failed to “connect the dots” are not credible.
By Dietmar Henning, 24 March 2016
Seventy years after the collapse of the Nazi regime, Germany’s ruling elite is responding to the global economic crisis and the growing war drive by building a right-wing movement.
By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2016
This horrific attack targeted innocent people in no way responsible for the imperialist wars that have devastated the Middle East.
By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2016
Astonishingly, Europe’s most wanted man, on the run from police for four months, was hiding near his parents’ apartment in the heavily-watched Molenbeek district.
By Kumaran Ira, 21 March 2016
As it cultivates Islamist forces in a war for regime change in Syria, France is citing the danger of terror attacks as a pretext to escalate attacks on democratic rights.
By Carola Kleinert, 21 March 2016
The new refugee passport system serves above all to sort asylum seekers according to their national origin, religion and usefulness and to make faster deportations possible.
By our correspondents, 22 February 2016
Many young people and refugees joined a demonstration in Berlin last Tuesday to protest against the tightening up of asylum laws.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 February 2016
Diplomatic tensions between the EU member states are intensifying in the run-up to the meeting of heads of state and governments this week.
By Stéphane Hugues, 9 February 2016
The report points to systematic, arbitrary denials of basic democratic rights by police and the targeting of people of Muslim descent.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2016
In an article published in Der Spiegel, Slovenian academic Slavoj Žižek gives free rein to his hatred of the oppressed.
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2016
London and Stockholm have rejected the UN’s verdict that Assange has been arbitrarily detained.
By Anthony Torres, 6 February 2016
There are no fundamental differences between Mélenchon and the Socialist Party government, which is building a police state in France.
UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016
Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 February 2016
Germany’s grand coalition government is adopting ever more drastic measures against refugees and paving the way for far-right forces in the process.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 February 2016
The ban on refugees in two Austrian cities, unless they are accompanied by an “escort,” recalls the darkest chapters in Austrian history.
By Ulrich Rippert, 1 February 2016
The swing to the right by the entire German political establishment has unleashed violent tensions within the government.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 January 2016
Sweden’s announcement came the same day as Human Rights Watch published a scathing indictment of the curtailment of democratic rights in Europe in response to the refugee crisis.
By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2016
Proposals made at the EU meeting amount to the transformation of Greece into a giant concentration camp for refugees.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 26 January 2016
As if in a slow-motion military coup, the ruling elite is moving to transform political life in France, creating an authoritarian political regime.
By Marianne Arens, 26 January 2016
As Europe is firmly in the grip of winter, one government after another is closing its borders.
By Verena Nees, 26 January 2016
Many of those attending the mass meeting were appalled at the treatment of refugees, confined in airport hangars and other mass accommodation.
By Jordan Shilton, 20 January 2016
Measures once associated with fascist regimes are again being employed against refugees fleeing war in the Middle East.
By Gustav Kemper, 19 January 2016
The illegal raid involving hundreds of police officers was intended to intimidate an entire neighbourhood.
By Christoph Dreier, 13 January 2016
Monday’s right-wing riot in Leipzig took place amid a racist anti-Muslim campaign promoted by German political parties and the media.
By Verena Nees, 13 January 2016
The onset of winter has worsened conditions for the approximately 40,000 refugees in Berlin.
By Dietmar Henning, 11 January 2016
Alleged sexual assaults by refugees in Cologne are being used as a pretense for pumping out racist agitation and cracking down on refugees.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 January 2016
The mistreatment of refugees fleeing to Europe has assumed proportions that would have been unthinkable twelve months ago.
One year after Charlie Hebdo attack
By Stéphane Hugues, 8 January 2016
Witnesses speaking to the media flatly contradicted official accounts of the shooting and said that police gunned down an unarmed man without warning.
By Alex Lantier, 6 January 2016
The Socialist Party is increasingly taking up positions associated with the extreme right and the traditions of 20th century European fascism.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2015
In the last century, great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of two world wars, which claimed nearly 100 million victims. Now, these same tendencies are spreading once again.
By Margot Miller, 28 December 2015
While the documents in question have been freely handed to the British monarchy, the government insists that they not be released to the public for at least three decades.
French government proposes constitutional amendment on state of emergency, deprivation of citizenship
By Alex Lantier, 24 December 2015
Proposed moves to deprive people of French nationality were traditionally associated to the far-right National Front and were used against the Jews during the Nazi Occupation.
By Philipp Frisch, 24 December 2015
Under conditions of increasing class tensions in Germany and the revival of an aggressive foreign policy, the ruling elite is preparing for the suppression of popular opposition.
By Anthony Torres, 23 December 2015
Mass searches and house arrests are part of the preparation for the imposition of a permanent state of emergency by the Socialist Party government.
By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2015
Investigations of the November 13 attacks raise the question of whether elements in or around the state machine facilitated the commission of the terror attacks in Paris.
By Philipp Frisch, 12 December 2015
Independent investigations by German media outlets suggest that the authorities probing right-wing anti-immigrant violence systematically downplay and even defend it.
An open letter
Socialist Equality Party (UK) demands the Undercover Police Inquiry release the names of all police agents and spies
By Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2015
Even the small amount of information in the public domain makes clear that undercover officers were involved in and directed criminal activity.
By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2015
Assange is the victim of a transparent frame-up. His sole crime was to bring to global attention the heinous war crimes committed by the US and other imperialist powers in Iraq and Afghanistan—crimes authorised at the highest levels of government.
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.