Germany

German Social Democratic election programme: More police, more surveillance, faster deportations

By Ulrich Rippert, 25 May 2017

The SPD’s draft program for the federal election consists of expanded funding for war and domestic repression, combined with empty phrases about social justice.

Activists’ tribunal into neo-Nazi murders plans to name those responsible

By Martin Kreickenbaum and Dietmar Henning, 25 May 2017

The tribunal has been organized to counter the cover-up surrounding the ten murders and three bombings carried out by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground.

Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia intensifies tensions with Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2017

The European media has accused Trump of further inflaming the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites with his moves to forge a closer alliance with Saudi Arabia targeted against Iran.

Links established between neo-Nazi network and “Identity Movement” in the German army

By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2017

The latest reports confirm that the suspected terrorist cell is part of more widespread right-wing extremist networks in the German army.

Germany: SPD reacts to election defeat with authoritarian state measures

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 May 2017

After its electoral debacle last weekend in North Rhine-Westphalia the SPD is placing police measures at the heart of its Bundestag election campaign.

“A declaration of hostility towards the principles of humanity”

Professor Mario Kessler publishes comment criticizing views of right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 May 2017

On Sunday, the Tagesspiegel published a reader’s comment by Professor Kessler, who wrote that Humboldt University professor Baberowski showed an “elemental lack of feeling” for the victims of the Nazis.

Lessons from the North Rhein-Westphalia state election

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 18 May 2017

The building of the SGP is the most urgent task arising out of the bankruptcy of the Social Democrats and trade unions.

VW trade union boss pockets €750,000 per year

By Dietmar Henning, 17 May 2017

It has just been revealed that the salary of Bernd Osterloh, chairman of the joint works council of the Volkswagen Group, totals around €750,000 per year.

Jörg Baberowski insists that Hitler was “not vicious”

By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2017

In the journal Forschung & Lehre (Research & Teaching), Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski claims that Hitler was an “armchair perpetrator who did not want to know about the bloody consequences of his deeds.”

German enthusiasm for Macron begins to wane

By Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2017

Enthusiasm for Emmanuel Macron has not lasted long in Germany. His calls for more financial leeway from the European Union are meeting fierce opposition in German government and business circles.

Neo-Nazi network in German army larger than previously thought

By Johannes Stern, 15 May 2017

According to Der Spiegel, investigations are on-going into seven people allegedly involved in preparing terrorist attacks against high-profile German politicians.

Germany resurrects conscription

By Johannes Stern, 13 May 2017

German politicians and the media have responded to the exposure of a neo-Nazi terrorist cell in the army by calling for the reintroduction of military conscription.

Defence Minister Von der Leyen downplays size of right-wing terrorist cell in German army

By Christoph Vandreier, 12 May 2017

It is becoming increasingly clear that the German army is a hotbed for right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis.

Berlin’s “Red-Red-Green” Senate steps up deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 12 May 2017

The Social Democratic Party-Left Party-Green Senate that governs Berlin has deported more people this year than its SPD-Christian Democratic Union predecessor a year ago.

Further arrests of German army personnel in neo-Nazi terror plot

By Christoph Vandreier, 10 May 2017

The right-wing extremist arrested last month for plotting to kill left-wing politicians acted as part of a terror cell with links to a widespread neo-Nazi network within the German army.

SPD vote plummets in Schleswig-Holstein state election in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 10 May 2017

The rejection of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) was unable to find any progressive expression, and the result will serve to strengthen the conservatives and far-right parties.

Nazi traditions of Germany’s Armed Forces come to the fore

By Peter Schwarz, 9 May 2017

After the arrest of an officer accused of preparing terrorist attacks under the false identity of a refugee, suspicions are growing that he is part of a larger neo-Nazi network.

Defence Minister Von der Leyen apologises for criticizing the German army

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 May 2017

Rather than hold the army leadership to account for having covered up a right-wing terrorist conspiracy, Germany’s defence minister has been forced to kowtow to the general staff after mildly criticising its actions.

German interior minister proposes anti-immigrant and racist “defining German culture”

By Verena Nees, 8 May 2017

The German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière recently published a statement in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on the issue of a “defining German culture,” which unashamedly promoted bigotry and German exceptionalism.

How the German Army covers up for neo-Nazi terrorist networks

By Christoph Vandreier, 6 May 2017

Evidence is mounting that a German army officer arrested for plotting a terror attack was part of a sizable neo-Nazi network whose existence has been covered up by authorities.

May Day 2017

The Growth of German Militarism and the Rewriting of History

By Sven Wurm, 4 May 2017

In order to wage new imperialist wars and commit fresh crimes, history must be rewritten, and the criminal role of German imperialism minimised and denied.

German state election in North-Rhine Westphalia: The devastating balance sheet of the SPD-Green government

By Dietmar Henning, 4 May 2017

The incumbent SPD-Green Party state government represents a self-indulgent and arrogant upper layer, unconcerned with the growing poverty and distress of the population.

Dangerous developments in Germany

Neo-Nazi network in German army exposed

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2017

The arrest of a German army officer suspected of plotting the assassination of leftist politicians and high-ranking state officials has exposed the operations of neo-Nazi forces at the highest levels of the German military.

May Day 2017

The Crisis of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2017

Europe is bristling with social tensions, as the danger of war between Europe and the United States, and within Europe itself, is growing.

German army officer arrested for planning terror attack

By Peter Schwarz, 2 May 2017

The arrest of a 28-year-old German army officer suspected of planning a far-right terrorist attack shows that the Bundeswehr provides fertile ground for extreme right-wing elements.

Ahead of EU Brexit summit, Merkel takes tough stance on UK

By Johannes Stern, 29 April 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the UK “will not have the same rights and cannot expect to be treated better than a member of the European Union.”

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

By our correspondents, 29 April 2017

On Thursday, the Humboldt University Student Parliament passed a resolution by an overwhelming majority demanding that the university administration withdraw its public support for right-wing Professor Jörg Baberowski.

German-Israeli relations in crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 28 April 2017

The German foreign minister’s visit to Israel ended Tuesday with a diplomatic scandal after he met with organisations critical of the country’s settlement and occupation policy.

Attack on German football club allegedly motivated by greed

By Dietmar Henning, 27 April 2017

The attack in Dortmund was brutal and inhumane, but in the final analysis it is the product of a brutal and inhumane social system.

What lies behind the German elite’s celebration of Macron?

By Johannes Stern, 26 April 2017

All the major parties have hailed the results of the first round of the French presidential election.

Alternative for Germany moves further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 26 April 2017

Founded in 2013 as an anti-Euro party, the AfD has completed its transformation into a far-right, ethno-nationalist organisation.

Demonstrators in Cologne support IYSSE fight for freedom of expression at Humboldt University

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

The IYSSE and SEP distributed thousands of copies of "The Defence of Historical Truth and the Fight against the Alternative for Germany (AfD)" in Cologne during demonstrations against the AfD’s party conference.

Rail companies Bombardier and Siemens plan merger

By Gustav Kemper, 25 April 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, the two rail companies have been engaged in secret merger negotiations behind the backs of their employees.

Germany: Thousands participate in protests in defence of science

By our reporters, 24 April 2017

Protests took place in at least 20 German cities, with the biggest in Berlin, attended by 8,000 participants.

Red-red-green Berlin state Senate continues deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 24 April 2017

The new Berlin Senate is continuing the right-wing asylum and deportation policies of the previous coalition government.

Media and politicians agitate against Turks living in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 April 2017

While the extreme-right AfD has used the Turkish referendum vote to launch a “Turks out” campaign, some of the worst witch-hunting comes from the Left Party and the ostensibly left-liberal political milieu.

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

22 April 2017

Sabine Kunst, the president of Humboldt University, has portrayed professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler as the victims of a “defamation campaign” in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Growing opposition to Verdi trade union at Berlin airports

By Verena Nees, 21 April 2017

Many Verdi members are outraged over the new contract for ground staff at the airports in Berlin, which was rejected by the majority.

Burqa ban included in German union contract

By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2017

Five unions in the German state of Hesse have accepted a burqa ban in a public sector contract.

Berlin’s Humboldt University attempts to suppress student criticism of Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier and David North, 19 April 2017

The Humboldt University administration is attempting to bar criticism of the right-wing professor.

German military historian calls for army leadership to assume more political power

By Johannes Stern, 17 April 2017

The guest column by military historian Sönke Neitzel was a direct appeal to the German general staff to intervene once again into foreign and domestic affairs.

The German weekly Die Zeit, Jörg Baberowski and the Historians Dispute

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 April 2017

The article in Die Zeit reveals the political shift to the right in the media and the academic world. Political and historical views that evoked sharp denunciations three decades ago are now accepted and defended.

German football team coach bus hit by roadside bombs

By Dietmar Henning, 15 April 2017

Four days after the bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund (BVB) football club there is still no clear information regarding either the identity of the attacker(s) or motive.

Right-wing media mobilizes in support of Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2017

Right-wing media and fascistic organizations are rushing to defend Professor Jörg Baberowski after a court ruled that students at Bremen University are permitted to describe him as a “right-wing radical.”

Der Spiegel columnist adopts slogans of the far right

By Ulrich Rippert, 13 April 2017

Jakob Augstein, son of the founder of Der Spiegel and publisher of the weekly newspaper Freitag, has adopted positions associated with the far right: identity and homeland.

Despite G7 endorsement of Syria airstrike, US-Europe divisions grow

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 12 April 2017

Notwithstanding their vocal support for last week’s US missile strike on Syria, the European powers are increasingly coming into conflict with the US over trade and foreign policy.

Germany: Increased suicide rates among refugees

By Carola Kleinert, 12 April 2017

According to official figures, 433 refugees tried to commit suicide in the years 2014 to 2016, with 19 resulting deaths.

What is behind the German drive to war with Syria?

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2017

Following the Merkel government’s declaration of support for the US attack on Syria, the German media launched a campaign for the expansion of aggression against the country.

German trade unions at GM Opel hold secret talks with French auto boss

By Marianne Arens, 10 April 2017

The sale of Opel-Vauxhall to Peugeot Citroen PSA threatens at least 6,000 jobs and possibly several facilities.

German autoworkers support Maruti Suzuki workers

By our correspondents, 10 April 2017

Workers at Opel’s Rüsselsheim factory expressed their support for an international struggle by autoworkers to defend jobs and basic rights.

Germany activates new cyber warfare unit

By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2017

Germany is seeking to take the lead internationally in the field of cyber warfare and thereby position itself “for the warfare of the future.”

Anti-communist foundation backs extreme right-wing professor Baberowski

By Peter Schwarz, 8 April 2017

The foundation for the study of Stalinist East Germany is seeking to justify forms of political and historical revisionism deemed unacceptable just a few years ago.

German politicians and media push for war with Damascus

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2017

In the aftermath of the alleged gas attack in Idlib, German politicians and media outlets have switched to war mode.

Oppose Humboldt University’s attack on freedom of speech and historical truth!

By the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 April 2017

Public criticism of professor Jörg Baberowski, who claims “Hitler was not vicious,” has been declared “unacceptable” by the presidium of Humboldt University.

Berlin student center halts German army advertising campaign

By Iason Stolpe, 6 April 2017

The administrative council of the Berlin Student Center decided at its last meeting that it would temporarily not accept any further advertisements for the German army.

German auto workers oppose Maruti Suzuki frame-up

By K. Nesan, 5 April 2017

Many Daimler workers in Stuttgart agreed to sign the online petition demanding the release of their colleagues in India.

Germany clashes with US over NATO funding

By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2017

As in the periods prior to the first and second World Wars, the increasing global assertiveness of German imperialism is leading it into conflict with the United States.

Angry protests against the Berlin senate’s refugee policies

By Verena Nees, 3 April 2017

The governing coalition of the Social Democratic Party, Left Party and Greens in the Berlin Senate has only been in office three months but anger with its right-wing policies is already growing.

German air force provides target coordinates for massacre of civilians in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 1 April 2017

The massacre at Mansoura, with up to 420 killed, recalls the criminal history of Germany’s Luftwaffe.

Triggering of Brexit intensifies national tensions in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2017

Representatives of the EU and the continent’s major powers reacted with undisguised hostility to Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of the Article 50 process.

German foreign minister outlines European strategy

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2017

Sigmar Gabriel called for the rearmament of the continent both at home and abroad, a strengthening of “Fortress Europe” and the continuation of austerity policies.

What is behind the hysterical defence of Baberowski by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung?

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 March 2017

The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a long article on Monday aimed at defaming and silencing Baberowski’s critics with shameless lies and gross slanders.

Four hundred attend screening of Tsar to Lenin in Leipzig

By our correspondents, 30 March 2017

Mehring Verlag, the publishing arm of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, sponsored two well-attended meetings on the Russian Revolution and its contemporary significance as part of the Leipzig Book fair.

Jörg Baberowski: A right-wing extremist professor

By Johannes Stern, 29 March 2017

The Cologne District Court issued a ruling on 15 March which confirmed that students at Bremen University can identify Professor Jörg Baberowski as a right-wing extremist.

German daily reacts to Baberowski ruling with campaign of lies against the IYSSE

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 29 March 2017

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reacted to the Cologne District Court ruling with a denunciation of the Socialist Equality Party and its youth organisation, the IYSSE.

German state election: Setback for a red-red-green coalition

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 March 2017

The electorate in Saarland have made clear they do not expect any improvement in their situation from a government alliance of the SPD, Left Party and Greens.

Growing divisions, war threats loom over EU summit in Rome

By Alex Lantier, 27 March 2017

The European Union is responding to Britain’s exit by seeking to convert itself into an aggressive military bloc rivaling the United States.

Saarland state election serves as test run for the next German government

By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 25 March 2017

The state election is being used to bolster the campaign for a federal government composed of the SPD and the Left Party.

German justice minister proposes internet censorship legislation

By Justus Leicht, 24 March 2017

Heiko Maas introduced draft legislation that would impose far reaching surveillance and censorship responsibilities on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatens Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2017

German-Turkish relations have reached a new low point after the Berlin government threatened to impose a ban on public appearances by Turkish politicians in Germany.

The return of the US-German conflict

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

President Trump’s refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during their photo-op in the Oval Office expressed the deepening tensions between the US and Germany.

Germany’s new president to accelerate militarist foreign policy agenda

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

In office, former president Gauck was a more strident advocate of German militarism than virtually any other federal president.

Frenetic greeting by delegates for the new SPD leader

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 March 2017

Last Sunday, Martin Schulz was elected chairman of the SPD with 100 percent of delegates' votes.

US blocks statement opposing protectionism in G20 communiqué

By Nick Beams, 20 March 2017

While attempts were made by G20 finance ministers to downplay the significance of the breach with the US, the decision to drop resistance to protectionism is a significant step towards a global trade war.

Growing criticism of the EU in Poland after the re-election of Tusk

By Clara Weiss, 20 March 2017

At the EU summit, Poland was the only country to vote against Donald Tusk's re-election as president of the European Council.

Poverty in Germany reaches new record high

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 March 2017

12.9 million people in Germany are living in poverty, according to a report presented at the beginning of March.

Merkel and Trump hold crisis talks in Washington

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2017

Tensions between Germany and the US have risen to their highest point since the end of the Second World War.

Verdi union shuts down Berlin airport workers strike

By Gustav Kemper and Marianne Arens, 17 March 2017

The union stopped a strike by ground crew at the Berlin airports, despite the employer’s refusal to submit a new offer.

German Left Party joins right-wing campaign against Turkey

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 March 2017

The German Left Party has heartily welcomed the undemocratic ban imposed on Turkish politicians by the Dutch government.

GM spin-off of Opel-Vauxhall poses need for international fight to defend auto jobs

By Jerry White, 9 March 2017

GM’s move is part of a restructuring of the global auto industry that threatens the jobs and livelihoods of tens of thousands of workers around the world.

Stop the German army’s preparations for civil war!

By Johannes Stern, 9 March 2017

The deployment of the army domestically is not aimed at preventing possible future terrorist attacks, but rather the suppression of the population.

“They want to cut thousands of jobs.”

PSA purchases Opel-Vauxhall from General Motors

By Marianne Arens, 8 March 2017

The works council and IG Metall union are covering up the danger facing the jobs and living standards of workers after the takeover of Opel and Vauxhall by the PSA Group.

German authorities ban appearances by Turkish politicians

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2017

More than a million Turkish citizens living in Germany are entitled to vote in the April 16 referendum in their home country.

Massive increase in attacks on refugees in Germany

By Franci Vier, 7 March 2017

There were 3,533 attacks on refugee shelters and individual refugees in 2016, indicating a massive increase in right-wing violence directed against this vulnerable layer.

PSA-GM-Opel deal: IG Metall trade union pledges collaboration with management

By Marianne Arens, 6 March 2017

The proposed restructuring of the auto industry threatens many thousands of jobs and several plants.

EU’s post-Brexit plans foresee growing conflict

By Alex Lantier, 4 March 2017

Facing an unprecedented social, economic, and geopolitical crisis, the EU has nothing to propose but militarism and social counterrevolution.

Germany’s pseudo-left Marx21 hails Martin Schulz as the “revival of Social Democracy”

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2017

The media hype surrounding Schulz is not part of a “reaction” against Trump, but an attempt to utilise the “reaction” against Trump for the ends of German imperialism.

Stop the shift to the right at Humboldt University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 2 March 2017

Professor Jörg Baberowski, who regularly advances xenophobic, authoritarian and militarist positions in public, is going to court and mobilising right-wing students to suppress any criticism of his views

67th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1

Filmmaking in “apocalyptic” times

By Stefan Steinberg, 2 March 2017

There was very little evidence in Berlin this year of filmmakers and the festival as a whole taking up burning social and political issues.

German newspaper publishes fraudulent refugee “sex-mob” report

By Marianne Arens, 1 March 2017

The unmasking of the lies spread by the Bild report throws further light on the alleged mass sexual harassment of women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015 and 2016.

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).

German army announces major expansion as tanks roll into Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2017

Seventy-five years after the end of WWII, the German ruling class is again preparing to commit terrible crimes in pursuit of its global geostrategic and economic interests.

What is behind the German media's hype over the SPD's Martin Schulz?

By Ulrich Rippert, 24 February 2017

With a mixture of moralizing phrases and EU demagogy, Schulz seeks to mobilize the SPD and trade union apparatuses to carry out the interests of German imperialism.

With mass job cuts looming, German union pits Bombardier workers against one another

By Dietmar Henning, 24 February 2017

The Canadian aircraft and train manufacturer Bombardier is planning massive job cuts, including the possible closure of factories.

Amid ongoing conflicts, Pence extends olive branch to EU

By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2017

European politicians and media reacted favorably to US Vice President Mike Pence’s statements in Europe as an opportunity to mend ties with the Trump administration.

Munich Security Conference signals a new arms race

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 February 2017

The German government is using the widespread opposition to the nationalist and racist policies of the Trump administration to advance its plans for rearmament.

German police warn refugees not to attend carnival in Cologne

By Dietmar Henning, 21 February 2017

A letter from a police department in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) says that “from a police point of view” refugees are undesired at this week’s carnival celebrations.

US-European tensions remain despite reassurances on NATO

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2017

Speeches in Munich swearing US fealty to NATO and taking a hard line on Russia failed to quell fears that Trump’s “America First” policy will be pursued at Europe’s expense.

Student representative body denounces right-wing positions of professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 20 February 2017

The Assembly of Student Representative Councils at Humboldt University has taken a stand against militarism and anti-immigrant chauvinism, and in support of freedom of opinion.

German defence minister announces massive increase in military budget

By Johannes Stern, 18 February 2017

What was once unthinkable is now official policy. The German government is determined to double the military budget, which currently stands at approximately €37 billion.