By Lisa Lachlan, 25 June 2020
Since June 13, 369 households, each containing one to 10 people, have been quarantined as a result of COVID-19 infections in one of Berlin’s poorest districts.
By Verena Nees, 25 June 2020
On closer inspection, the German government’s aid package proves to be a sham and a step towards neutering and strangling a diverse cultural landscape.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 24 June 2020
The Tönnies Group, Germany’s largest meat processing firm, has a long record of putting profits before the health and safety of its workforce.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 June 2020
The Department for International Development, which disperses Britain’s £15.2 billion aid budget, is to be subsumed under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
By Margot Miller, 24 June 2020
The corporate raid underscores the cynicism of government ministers clapping frontline workers and hailing NHS workers as “heroes.”
By Tom Pearce, 24 June 2020
The government’s decision to return to the full opening of schools has been taken without any systematic review of the impact of the wider reopening of the economy.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 June 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the global population, the disease is having an especially devastating impact on the tens of millions of displaced people throughout the world.
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2020
Saadallah and his family have connections to the British-based group of Libyans who were opposed to the rule of the country’s then-leader, Colonel Gaddafi.
By Ioan Petrescu, 23 June 2020
An online petition demanding the reimbursement of all this year’s fee due to the pandemic has gathered 345,731 signatures as of the time of writing. Another one, that only asks for refunds for the third semester, has 109,282 signatures.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 June 2020
The core elements are the internment of refugees at the EU’s external borders and the implementation of fast-track asylum procedures.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 June 2020
The question arises whether Augustus Intelligence is a genuine commercial enterprise or rather a covert intelligence service operation.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 22 June 2020
The 46-year-old neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst is accused of having shot Kassel District President Walter Lübcke on his terrace on the night of June 2, 2019.
By Jason Melanovski, 22 June 2020
Amid the most profound economic crisis since the Great Depression, the imperialist powers are responding to the growing class tensions by escalating their drive to war.
By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2020
If the assailant is Saadallah, it would be the second terrorist attack carried out in Britain by a Libyan national—who was known to UK intelligence agencies—in the space of three years.
By Barry Mason, 22 June 2020
Employers are using every opportunity to exploit the pandemic crisis and further slash costs as they shed thousands of workers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020
The “60 Minutes” program was the first substantive examination of Assange’s plight by the Australian media since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Responding to mass protests against police brutality, Germany’s Left Party appeals for a police state
By Peter Schwarz and Johannes Stern, 22 June 2020
Germany’s Left Party has responded with open hostility to the mass protests against police violence that have spread around the world following the police murder of George Floyd.
By Will Morrow, 20 June 2020
The response of the French ruling class to health care workers’ demands for increased resources to combat the pandemic in decent and safe conditions is naked repression.
By Robert Stevens, 20 June 2020
The outbreaks underscore the criminality of the government’s decision to enforce a mass return to work and the lack of basic work safety in plants that have been operating during the pandemic.
By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2020
More than two-thirds of the meat packers at the Tönnies abattoir in Rheda-Wiedenbrück have been infected with COVID-19, with 730 positive initial test results out of 1,050 tested.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Peter Schwarz, 20 June 2020
Although German auto companies received a lion’s share of the government’s €130 billion stimulus package, and are collecting billions more via the short-time working scheme, the industry plans to axe more than 100,000 jobs.
By Anthony Torres, 20 June 2020
After receiving a €7 billion public bailout, the French-Dutch airline is preparing to slash between 6,000 and 10,000 jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Steve James, 20 June 2020
The OECD envisages no “return to normal” in the world economy, predicting instead mass unemployment and instability.
By Rory Woods, 20 June 2020
At least 181 health workers and 131 social care workers have died while working on the frontline.
By Jacques Valentin, 20 June 2020
Kabuga, who financed and helped equip the genocidal Interahamwe militias, had been located by police in 2007 but was still living quietly in the Paris suburbs.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 June 2020
Home Secretary Priti Patel is linked with a Facebook group providing a platform for the far-right thugs who attacked Black Lives Matter protesters.
Yellow Star, Red Star
By Clara Weiss, 20 June 2020
Though fatally flawed by its equation of Stalinism with communism, and the author’s reluctance to discuss the social character of the restoration of capitalism, the book exposes the close relationship between capitalist counterrevolution and the rise of fascist forces.
By Nick Beams, 19 June 2020
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has delivered a broadside against the World Trade Organisation and indicated that trade negotiations with the European Union were going nowhere.
By Will Morrow, 19 June 2020
Drawing an analogy to the coronavirus pandemic, Burkhard stated that the eruption of a major war “is missing only the patient zero of the epidemic war.”
By Alice Summers and John Newham, 19 June 2020
One BA worker told the WSWS, “I’ve been with BA for 25 years and was earning more than this new contract in 1996!”
By Tony Robson, 19 June 2020
What is being demanded by migrant NHS workers is not preferential treatment, but rights that should be extended to all overseas workers.
By our reporter, 19 June 2020
The SEP was contacted by an overseas nurse from the south of England, urging support for a petition demanding permanent residence for non-EU National Health Service migrant workers.
By Simon Whelan, 18 June 2020
The pandemic is exacerbating the effects of already growing socioeconomic and urban inequalities.
By Tania Kent and Harvey Thompson, 18 June 2020
The announcement followed a public campaign by 22-year-old Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford.
By Tino Jacobson and Johannes Stern, 18 June 2020
The ruling elite is making no secret of the imperialist goals associated with the rearmament of the German Navy.
By Gregor Link, 18 June 2020
”Right-wing extremist tendencies” are “tolerated” in the KSK and “sometimes consciously covered up,” wrote Der Spiegel based on a soldier’s letter.
By Robert Stevens, 17 June 2020
Companies are implementing long-planned restructuring operations with mass layoffs, a halt to hiring, and pay cuts the order of the day.
By Will Morrow, 17 June 2020
The Macron administration organized a violent assault on health care workers who just weeks earlier were self-servingly hailed for their sacrifice during the pandemic.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 June 2020
While aerospace firms are receiving massive financial support from the state, they are preparing restructuring plans to slash jobs, wages and benefits.
By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2020
With Macron’s brief televised address, the ruling class is declaring an international class war against workers.
By Marianne Arens, 16 June 2020
The same politicians who pump hundreds of billions of euros of so-called “Corona aid” into the vaults of the big banks and leading companies see no need to equip schools with the measures needed to combat the coronavirus.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 June 2020
Scientists warn that easing the lockdown under current conditions is likely to lead to a resurgence of coronavirus, endangering lives and throwing away the sacrifices made by workers and their families
By Alice Summers, 16 June 2020
Numerous medical guidance documents published during the pandemic suggest that coronavirus patients can be denied or deprioritised for medical care solely on the basis of their age or existing mental or physical disabilities.
“This government has decided that disabled people are better off dead”
By Alice Summers, 16 June 2020
The WSWS spoke to disability rights campaigners last weekend about the impact of coronavirus pandemic and the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” policy on the lives of disabled people.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 June 2020
The stage has been set for a law-and-order campaign, directed against anti-police violence protests involving hundreds of thousands of people.
By Will Morrow, 15 June 2020
Tens of thousands filled the Place de la République in central Paris on Saturday afternoon to protest police violence and demand justice for the killings.
Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party organise police violence against peaceful demonstrators
By Gregor Link, 15 June 2020
The police attacks are part of an effort to criminalise anti-capitalist tendencies.
By Gustav Kemper, 15 June 2020
The union leaders falsely claim employees are “ stakeholders ” in the private company, but to the owners they are mere “ unit costs ” to be sacrificed to shore up profits.
By Alejandro López, 15 June 2020
This points to the explosive conflict emerging between the working class and the pseudo-left and the unions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and an upsurge of class struggle.
By Robert Stevens, 15 June 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people still go to bed every night in unsafe buildings, with thousands in the “high-risk” category.
By Tony Robson, 13 June 2020
The Health and Safety Executive has not carried out any inspections of workplaces since March to reduce risks to its own staff.
By Stephen Alexander, 13 June 2020
Scotland has the third worst coronavirus death rate in the world.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 13 June 2020
The current leadership dispute at VW ushers in a new phase of corporatist policy, aimed at preparing the company for global trade war at the expense of the workforce.
By Alex Lantier, 13 June 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and the international protests against the police murders of George Floyd and Adama Traoré have profoundly destabilized the government.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 June 2020
The British government is serving notice that it has no intention of honouring domestic or international law outlawing abuse, torture and murder by its military and security forces.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 June 2020
The announcement settles none of the many unanswered questions about the first assassination of a European head of government in the post-war era.
By Michael Barnes, 12 June 2020
No trust can be placed in the Crown Prosecution Service. Justice depends on the independent intervention of the working class.
Strike vote by Dutch steelworkers, Nigerian doctors prepare for indefinite walkout; South African airline workers protest
12 June 2020
Unanimous strike vote at Dutch Tata steel plant while Nigerian doctors have set June 15 as the date for a nationwide walkout while employees of airline South African Express staged a protest in Pretoria, South Africa over non-payment of wages.
Millions of Ukrainian migrant workers forced to search for employment in Europe under unsafe conditions
By Jason Melanovski, 11 June 2020
Despite little health or legal protections, Ukraine’s migrant workers are being forced to search for work in Europe’s farms and factories to avoid unemployment and social destitution.
By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 11 June 2020
The controversial virologist is recommending that more coronavirus infections be allowed to occur over the summer months.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 June 2020
The report is an indictment of governments’ initial delays in implementing public health measures and a warning of the terrible consequences of the return to business as usual.
By Dennis Moore, 11 June 2020
The Tories feel free to abandon the pose of concern for the fate of the homeless and dump then back where they came from.
By Laura Tiernan, 11 June 2020
The involvement of Deputy Mayor of London for Transport Heidi Alexander is proof of a cover-up reaching into the office of Labour’s Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 June 2020
“Protecting workers and domestic suppliers from cheap imports and hostile takeovers is not nationalist, but a democratic duty,” Wagenknecht declares.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 11 June 2020
Anticapitalistas is being sent out of Podemos to function as a paid political agency of the state, intervening in protests and strikes against Podemos in order to strangle them.
By Tom Carter and Shuvu Batta, 10 June 2020
“There are people that have been gone for weeks, and people who have been gone who never came back.”
By Robert Stevens, 10 June 2020
Tory MPs as well as Labourites denounced “thuggery” and “violent” protesters, focusing on the tearing down of the statue of a Bristol slave trader Edward Colston.
By Tania Kent, 10 June 2020
The temporary retreat is a credit to the millions of parents and educators who opposed the government and acted in defiance of the trade unions.
By our reporters, 9 June 2020
The outbreak of mass protests in the US against the police murder of George Floyd was the spark that ignited demonstrations in Germany against the return of the far right and the growth of unemployment and social inequality.
By our reporters, 9 June 2020
“America claims to be the ‘land of the free,’ but protesters are being denied their First Amendment rights”
By Jean Shaoul, 9 June 2020
The “Get Brexit Done/Global Britain” perspective has been exposed as a chimera.
By Paul Lee, 9 June 2020
Workers have faced threats of disciplinary action such as “wilful delay of the mail,” which can lead to instant dismissal.
By Robert Stevens, 9 June 2020
Since imposing a lockdown on March 23, Johnson and government ministers have proclaimed keeping the “R” rate below 1 as the precondition for ending the lockdown. But ending the lockdown continues.
By our reporters, 8 June 2020
The size and wide geographical spread of the protests over Floyd’s murder reflect broad-based opposition to racism and police violence around the world.
By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2020
More than 100,000 people across Britain continued to protest the death of George Floyd over the weekend.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 8 June 2020
In close cooperation with the German government, major firms are using the coronavirus crisis to prepare for global trade war and carry out long-planned attacks on the working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 June 2020
Like the previous bailouts, the latest package showers cash on the rich, concealed behind a few modest rations for families and will produce a further increase in social inequality.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 June 2020
Today the toll of the pandemic is viewed by leading figures in the ruling elite as a supposedly natural “check” on sections of the population considered a drain on profits.
By Clara Weiss, 6 June 2020
The catastrophe on the Ambarnaya underlies the dangers bound up with the “new scramble for the Arctic” by the major powers and corporations.
By Rory Woods and Chris Marsden, 6 June 2020
Things came to a head last week because it has become impossible for the government to maintain the charade of unity behind “our carers.”
Collaborations with Grenfell Tower Inquiry must end after corporate witnesses granted legal immunity
By Alice Summers, 6 June 2020
The attorney general announced that any statements given to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry by companies cannot be used as evidence against them in a future prosecution.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020
Every capitalist party in the world is working on behalf of the corporations to impose a reckless return to “the new normal.”
By Alejandro López, 6 June 2020
Thousands of Nissan workers, their families and sympathisers are striking, protesting and blocking roads to protest the automaker’s decision to shut down its Barcelona plant.
By Alex Lantier, 5 June 2020
After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.
By Jan Ritter and Noah Windstein, 5 June 2020
The brutal video-recorded murder has shocked people in Germany and many have taken to the streets in protest.
By Tania Kent, 5 June 2020
In response to a Zoom webinar held by the National Education Union on Wednesday—two days after the re-opening of schools—many educators on Facebook expressed hostility to the inaction of the union.
By Laura Tiernan, 5 June 2020
Unite has signed off on the Johnson government’s COVID-19 transport plan despite the serious and imminent danger it poses to drivers and the travelling public.
Spanish workers protest Nissan job losses; South African Macsteel metalworkers walk out against pay cut; strike threats by hospital workers in UK, Iceland
5 June 2020
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By Jordan Shilton, 5 June 2020
Sweden’s policy has been lauded internationally by mouthpieces for the financial elite and big business, who were determined to force working people back to their jobs as soon as multi-billion bailouts for the financial oligarchy were completed.
By Nick Beams, 5 June 2020
The decision by the ECB to lift its emergency asset purchasing program to €1.35 trillion was warmly welcome in financial circles.
By Robert Stevens, 4 June 2020
Protests were marked by their multi-racial character, with attendees comments confirming that what is taking place in the US is a common experience facing millions across the globe.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2020
The European press and ruling elite are not especially troubled by Trump’s plan to erect a presidential dictatorship. Rather, they fear the president could provoke class struggles that would endanger the capitalist system and spread to Europe.
By Barry Mason, 4 June 2020
The FT highlighted the fact that in absolute terms the number of excess deaths in the UK is the highest in Europe, and internationally is only second to the US.
By Joe Mount, 4 June 2020
Several call centre workers have lost their lives to COVID-19, with thousands in fear that their health and safety is being jeopardised.
By Dermot Quinn, 4 June 2020
Ireland is pressing ahead with a five-phase plan to enforce a full return to work by August, while talks for a viciously anti-working class coalition government continue.
By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2020
The unions are on the side of those raking in billions in aid to keep the German stock market bubbling.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 June 2020
Police violence is directed against the working class, particularly its poorest sections, and falls disproportionately on black communities.
By Michael Barnes, 3 June 2020
A petition calling for Justice for Belly now has well over half a million signatures.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 June 2020
Assange has a chronic lung condition and his health has been ruined by years of psychological torture and medical neglect.
More than half of parents defy UK school reopening:Education unions seek to demobilise popular opposition
By Chris Marsden, 2 June 2020
The Socialist Equality Party calls for the building of action committees, independent from the trade unions, to safeguard the health of children, teachers and the entire working class.