By Alex Lantier, 20 April 2018
The German and French leaders endorsed the unprovoked strike on Syria, but were unable to hide growing differences inside NATO, particularly over economic policy.
By Marianne Arens and Christoph Vandreier, 20 April 2018
The contract deal presented by unions and employers’ associations on Wednesday after a third round of negotiations is a slap in the face to Germany’s 2.3 million public service workers.
By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2018
The Left Party in Germany is trying to portray itself as an opponent of war in order to prevent a powerful anti-war movement from developing.
By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 18 April 2018
The protests by Berlin firefighters are part of a growing international mobilisation involving teachers, railroad and other workers.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 April 2018
Although the attack on Syria was in clear violation of international law, the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg explicitly endorsed it.
By Johannes Stern, 17 April 2018
The attack on Syria marks a new stage of imperialist aggression aimed not only at Syria but also at Russia.
By our reporters, 16 April 2018
The large numbers participating in the demonstration, which was originally only expected to attract 4,000, illustrates the depth of the anger over unaffordable rents.
16 April 2018
By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2018
Die Welt demanded the “eradication of the Assad regime” and the deployment of “hundreds of thousands of soldiers” to Syria to “in the worst case scenario, fight Russians and Iranians.”
By Johannes Stern, 13 April 2018
The German government supports the launching of an illegal war of aggression, which could trigger a confrontation between the nuclear powers.
By Marianne Arens, 13 April 2018
Public sector workers are demanding real change. However, many fear a sell-out by their union, Verdi.
By Johannes Stern, 13 April 2018
Barely in office, Germany’s grand coalition government has commenced its programme of massive rearmament as laid down in its coalition agreement.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2018
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Maas have made it clear that they unreservedly support US, French and British military action against Syria.
By our reporters, 12 April 2018
Amidst a broad mobilization of worker throughout Europe, the unions are doing everything in their power to suppress this anger and prevent a genuine struggle.
By Christoph Vandreier, 10 April 2018
Even if the evidence points to personal motives for the crime, links to the right-wing extremist milieu cannot be excluded.
By Justus Leicht, 10 April 2018
The district administration in Upper Bavaria denied a candidate teacher a post as trainee because he was a member of the student and youth organisation of the Left Party.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 April 2018
Puigdemont may not leave Germany until further notice, had to post bail of €75,000 and must report weekly to the police.
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 8
By Bernd Reinhardt, 6 April 2018
Two feature films, part of the Berlin International Film Festival retrospective section, reflect a militant mood among workers in the late 1920s, in particular their striving for a common struggle and international solidarity.
By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 5 April 2018
Berlin firefighters are holding a protest vigil against catastrophic working conditions, lack of personnel and the introduction of a 12-hour shift system.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2018
Verdi is responding to growing anger and militancy among public employees, who refuse to accept staff reductions and increased workloads while their wages stagnate or decline.
By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2018
Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen’s speech reawakens the cult-like veneration of the fallen “war heroes” of the Kaiser’s Empire and of the period of the Nazis.
3 April 2018
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7
By Bernd Reinhardt, 3 April 2018
The major retrospective at this year’s Berlinale, “Weimar Cinema Revisited,” presented films—along with their directors in many cases—that have been forgotten for decades.
By Johannes Stern, 2 April 2018
The arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont March 25 demonstrates how far advanced the development of a police state is in Germany and across Europe.
By Sybille Fuchs, 2 April 2018
Babylon Berlin’s action takes place in the German capital, then the third largest municipality in the world, at the end of the so-called Golden Years of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933).
By Peter Schwarz, 30 March 2018
If the German government extradites Puigdemont to Spain, it will set a precedent for the suppression of all forms of protest and opposition.
By Johannes Stern, 29 March 2018
While London and Washington continue to further incite tensions with Russia over the Skripal case, criticism is mounting within the European Union over their aggressive stance towards Moscow.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 March 2018
The Europe-wide police-state structures, which emerged under the pretext of combatting terrorism and cracking down on refugees, are now being deployed against political opponents.
Germany and UK collude with Spanish extradition warrants against Catalan leaders Puigdemont and Ponsatí
By Steve James and Paul Mitchell, 27 March 2018
Puigdemont is expected to be detained in Germany for two to three months before a final decision is made on his extradition to Spain.
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 March 2018
The veteran journalist Edith Kresta has spoken out again “moral sectarianism” in relation to far-right positions and against the stigmatization of xenophobic prejudices.
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
By Verena Nees, 26 March 2018
Karim Aïnouz’s impressive documentary about the mass housing of refugees at the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport was awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 March 2018
The central theme of the parliamentary debate on the new government’s programme was the limiting and deportation of refugees.
By Johannes Stern, 23 March 2018
In her typical lethargic and tedious style, Merkel presented the most reactionary German government programme since the end of the Second World War.
22 March 2018
By Johannes Stern, 21 March 2018
The new government is stoking a racist atmosphere to further its programme of militarism, social attacks, and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
By Stefan Steinberg, 20 March 2018
The events surrounding Kurt Waldheim’s campaign and subsequent election in 1985-86 played a major role in uncovering the real role played by the Austrian ruling elite in the Second World War.
By Johannes Stern, 17 March 2018
In his inaugural address, the new foreign minister stressed that the third grand coalition under Angela Merkel would accelerate Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2018
Christian Democratic Union leader Angela Merkel was elected German chancellor for the fourth time Wednesday, almost six months after the federal election.
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 March 2018
Three films at this year’s festival shed a piercing light on social relations in the United States.
By Johannes Stern, 15 March 2018
With the re-election of Angela Merkel, the most right-wing German government has taken office since the fall of the Third Reich.
Great power politics, militarism, increased deportations: The right-wing programme of Germany’s grand coalition
By Peter Schwarz, 14 March 2018
The ruling class of Germany is reacting to the crisis of the European Union by returning to the criminal methods it used in the past.
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg and Verena Nees, 14 March 2018
The 68th Berlin Film Festival, whose 2018 edition ended February 25, is the world’s largest film festival open to the public.
By Christoph Vandreier, 13 March 2018
Horst Seehofer’s aggressive tone and far-reaching plans make clear that the grand coalition is preparing for the brutal suppression of all opposition to its policies of militarism and austerity.
An Open letter from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the editors of German daily Tageszeitung
12 March 2018
The following letter was sent by the IYSSE to the editors of the German daily Tageszeitung, after it published a defence of right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski and defamed his critics.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 March 2018
The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.
By Katerina Selin, 10 March 2018
The media circus at this year’s Berlinale was all centred on one topic: #MeToo. Virtually every interview, meeting and media report mentioned the sexual misconduct campaign in one way or another.
By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2018
No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 6 March 2018
The Tageszeitung, a daily close to the German Green Party, dedicated its weekend edition to a frontal attack on the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE).
By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2018
The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2018
The massive pressure the SPD leadership has exerted on its members is part of a political conspiracy to implement a militaristic program.
By Bernd Reinhardt, 2 March 2018
The German jazz guitarist Coco Schumann remained active musically until near the end of his life. He ranks as a jazz musician with one of the longest musical biographies ever.
By Johannes Stern, 1 March 2018
Ursula von der Leyen made clear in a recent interview what the central tasks of Germany’s incoming government will be: a major rearmament programme and the waging of war.
By Christoph Vandreier, 28 February 2018
Sahra Wagenknecht defended the decision of Essen Tafel to restrict its food handouts to German citizens only.
By Johannes Stern, 26 February 2018
Left Party representative Stefan Liebich greeted the war speech of Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) at the Munich Security Conference.
By Stefan Steinberg, 26 February 2018
Nazif Mujić, according to first accounts, has died in extreme poverty in the impoverished hamlet of Svatovac in Bosnia.
By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2018
Merkel made clear that the incoming grand coalition will implement a massive military build-up, a new round of social austerity and adopt the far-right’s policies on refugees.
By Christoph Vandreier, 23 February 2018
The SPD has sent out ballot papers to its members asking them to vote on a new edition of the grand coalition with the CDU/CSU.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 February 2018
The annual report sets the stage for a massive expansion of military spending on the part of the incoming grand coalition government.
By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2018
This weekend's conference was dominated by rising, potentially violent conflict between the major powers, notably the United States and Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2018
The former pacifists have moved so far into the camp of militarism that they attack the conservative Christian Democrat-led defence ministry from the right.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2018
The interventions of the German defence and foreign ministers at the conference show that the central aim of the new grand coalition government will be to accelerate Germany’s return to militarism and great power politics.
By Johannes Stern, 20 February 2018
Kühnert’s appearance on Tuesday evening in Berlin-Kreuzberg made clear which social and political interests, fears and calculations lie behind the campaign of the Jusos.
By Chris Marsden, 19 February 2018
Washington led the pack in bellicosity towards Syria and North Korea, tied to allegations of Russian and Chinese culpability.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2018
A rearmament offensive is being prepared, comparable only to that of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in the 1930s.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2018
The central issue being discussed by the high-ranking attendees at the conference is how the assembled great powers, and the Europeans in particular, can rearm to prepare for war.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2018
Important sections of the coalition pact between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats agreed last week bear the imprint of the top military brass.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2018
An article in IP magazine, published by the German Council for Foreign Relations, gives a glimpse of the foreign policy debates going on behind the scenes.
By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2018
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the build-up in the course of her trip to the Middle East last weekend.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2018
The rapid rise and fall of Schulz cannot be explained simply on the basis of personal rivalries. At stake are major political issues.
By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2018
With a new NATO headquarters, Germany would be even more strongly involved in NATO preparations for war against Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2018
The Grand Coalition deal and the new Berlin-Paris axis are both based on the most right-wing program since fascist parties ruled Europe.
Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 February 2018
The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party) demands the publication of all secret protocols and lists of participants in the coalition talks, which have laid the basis for the coming to power of the most right-wing government since the downfall of the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 10 February 2018
The video by the left-wing, socialist channel “Political Analysis” was evidently censored following appeals by far-right circles to YouTube.
By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2018
A new grand coalition between the Social Democrats and conservative parties will launch a massive military build-up, initiate a new round of austerity and carry out police-state measures.
By Katerina Selin, 8 February 2018
Last week, the Berlin Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party, the Left Party and the Greens, discussed a far-reaching security plan for the German capital.
By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2018
The suppression of the strike paves the way for the formation of a grand coalition government that will slash workers’ wages and benefits to pay for military rearmament.
By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018
In the final stretch of coalition negotiations, SPD leader Martin Schulz announced an agreement between his party and the conservative CDU/CSU on European policy.
By Marianne Arens, 6 February 2018
The extension of the operation is part of the plans of the grand coalition between the SPD and Christian Democrats to further strengthen police powers and coordinate security policy on a European basis.
By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018
Just a cursory glance at the politicians assembled in the German parliament to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz makes clear the same ruling class that made Hitler chancellor 85 years ago is returning to its infamous traditions.
By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2018
While the media reported “breakthroughs” in health and housing policies, initial reports on the coalition paper show what the talks are really about.
By our reporters, 3 February 2018
On Friday, the all-day warning strikes in the metal and electrical industries culminated with hundreds of thousands of workers on strike.
By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 3 February 2018
“If we support their struggle today, they will support our struggle tomorrow,” said a day laborer working multiple jobs in Paris.
By our reporters, 2 February 2018
Workers in the automotive and electrical industries are striking for a third consecutive day for higher wages and the voluntary reduction of the workweek.
By our reporters, 1 February 2018
Up to 500,000 workers are participating in one-day strikes in Germany’s automotive and electrical industries, the largest strikes in the sector for 15 years.
By Peter Schwarz, 31 January 2018
Germany’s biggest strike wave in 15 years is another sign that 2018 will see an intensification of class struggle internationally.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 January 2018
The campaign by the Jusos against a new edition of the grand coalition with the Christian Democrats has provoked considerable nervousness in the SPD leadership.
By Dietmar Henning, 29 January 2018
Due to the militant atmosphere in the plants, the IG Metall union was compelled against its wishes to break off the fifth round of collective bargaining talks in Baden-Württemberg.
By Christoph Vandreier, 26 January 2018
The right-wing extremists of the AfD are being given critical posts on Bundestag committees that are crucial for the work of the parliament.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2018
The resolution commits Berlin and Paris to a major arms build-up and deep austerity to enable them to carry out military operations independent of Washington.
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 25 January 2018
The ruling elite cannot be permitted to bring to power the most right-wing government since the downfall of the Nazi regime, in the face of strong opposition from workers and young people.
By Gustav Kemper, 24 January 2018
The IG Metall leadership, which supports the formation of a new grand coalition government, is opposed to a broad mobilisation of workers against job cuts.
By our correspondents, 23 January 2018
The reactionary orientation of the union was most evident when an IGM functionary greeted the participation of the far-right AfD on the demonstration.
By Johannes Stern, 22 January 2018
The Social Democratic Party’s special party congress in Bonn voted 362 to 279 for coalition talks with the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 January 2018
After the shift to the right in last year’s federal elections and the Social Democrats’ decision to continue the grand coalition with the Christian Democrats, long-simmering conflicts inside the Left Party have intensified.
By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 20 January 2018
After a successful election campaign, the IYSSE is re-entering Humboldt University’s student parliament with two representatives.
By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2018
The leadership of the Social Democratic Party is trying to close party ranks and pave the way for a renewal of its grand coalition with the CDU/CSU leading up to the SPD special congress.
By Verena Nees, 19 January 2018
It is no accident that the German #MeToo campaign is being led by a newspaper close to the SPD, which has adopted the issue in the wake of its disastrous result in last autumn’s federal election.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 January 2018
About 150 students attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin Monday, in support of the IYSSE campaign for the student parliament elections.
By Johannes Stern, 17 January 2018
Talks between the CDU, CSU and SPD point to the formation of the most right-wing government in Germany since the end of the Second World War.
The merger of Germany’s Thyssen with Tata Steel
By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 January 2018
The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei calls upon steelworkers at ThyssenKrupp to reject the contract negotiated by the IG Metall trade union and to take measures to prepare a struggle to defend all jobs.