Germany

IYSSE secures re-election to student parliament at Berlin’s Humboldt University

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.

Germany: SPD leadership steps up pressure for coalition with Merkel

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.

German newspaper Die Zeit and SPD back #MeToo witch-hunt

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.

One hundred and fifty attend IYSSE event at Humboldt University on Karl Marx bicentenary

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.

German trade unions beat the drums for another grand coalition

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

Vote “No” on union-backed steel contract! Defend all jobs!

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.

For new elections and a socialist offensive against the grand coalition in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 15 January 2018

Opposition within the population to the grand coalition’s anti-working class and militarist policies is enormous.

German conservatives and Social Democrats agree to coalition talks

By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2018

The 28-page document on the results of the exploratory talks conceals a deeply reactionary right-wing programme behind unctuous rhetoric about an “awakening,” “democracy,” “peace” and “justice.”

German industrial workers continue strikes

By Ulrich Rippert, 13 January 2018

The IG Metall trade union is increasingly concerned by the unrest and radical atmosphere in the plants, but has indicated its readiness to compromise and reach a sell-out deal.

German Ford workers express solidarity with their Romanian co-workers

By Marianne Arens, 12 January 2018

The comments of German Ford workers make clear that a growing number of autoworkers understand the necessity of uniting internationally to combat the global corporations.

German politician proposes “final solution” of the refugee question

By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 January 2018

At a closed-door meeting of the Christian Social Union parliamentary group, Manfred Weber declared that in 2018 a central question would be “a final solution to the refugee issue.”

160,000 industrial workers strike in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 11 January 2018

Amid widespread anger over social inequality and corporate job-cutting, there is a growing determination to fight for improvements in wages and working conditions.

Workers must demand new elections in Germany!

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2018

Behind the backs of the population, the ruling class is working to install the most right-wing government in Germany since the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.

Twitter censors German satirical magazine

By Johannes Stern, 10 January 2018

The German censorship law is part of a comprehensive global campaign to control the Internet.

German foreign minister demands aggressive assertion of great power interests

By Christoph Vandreier, 8 January 2018

Gabriel’s rhetoric, in his interview with Spiegel Online, is aimed at initiating a further escalation of German militarism and freeing Berlin from any restrictions.

Volkswagen plans to dismiss all temporary contract workers in German plants

By Dietmar Henning, 8 January 2018

VW’s mass firing of temporary contract workers is the prelude to sweeping job cuts and attacks on the gains of all autoworkers.

German conservatives and Social Democrats prepare formation of far-right government

By Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2018

There is a crisis over the formation of the government because the Christian Democrats, Christian Social Union and Social Democrats are preparing a sharp shift to the right, which finds no support among the population.

Berlin Senate authorises brutal deportation of refugee family before Christmas

By Carola Kleinert, 5 January 2018

The Berlin Senate is increasingly pursuing the same racist course as the current conservative-social democratic federal coalition government.

Germany’s “Network Enforcement Law” goes into effect: A move to censor the Internet

By Johannes Stern, 4 January 2018

The new law is part of an international offensive to attack free speech online, aimed at suppressing left-wing and socialist views.

Incoming German government plans massive military rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2018

A recent paper by the Bavarian Christian Social Union makes clear what the real questions are about forming the next government.

Germany: Demands grow for Merkel’s resignation

By Peter Schwarz, 30 December 2017

The longer negotiations on a new ruling coalition continue, the more likely leading business, political and media figures will press for a rapid change at the top of the government.

VW colluded in torture of militant workers during military dictatorship in Brazil

By Ludwig Weller, 28 December 2017

The document produced by the lead investigator shows that Volkswagen worked closely with the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985 in the persecution and torture of militant workers.

Was the 2016 terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market an “intelligence operation with deadly collateral damage?”

By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2017

New documents prove that both the US and German secret services had an interest in assuring the free movement of the author of the terrorist attack.

How former Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen erected a state within a state in post-war Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 27 December 2017

Over 100,000 pages of documents relating to the post-World War II head of the German Federal Intelligence Service and ex-Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen have been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Massive job cuts at Opel and Vauxhall

By Marianne Arens, 23 December 2017

The management board, works council and IG Metall union have agreed on a drastic reduction in staff and labour costs at Opel to make the company more profitable.

Social inequality and Germany’s government crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 23 December 2017

Social inequality has reached a scale that is no longer compatible with democratic forms of rule.

German police publicly name and shame G20 protesters

By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2017

In an unlawful act, the police and state prosecutor have published online the photos of hundreds of demonstrators five months after the G20 protests.

German Social Democratic Party follows the path of far-right Alternative for Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 21 December 2017

Ex-SPD leader and acting Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is calling for his party to adopt the right-wing nationalist policies of Alternative for Germany.

Germany: SPD leadership officially explores entering coalition with the Christian Democrats

By Johannes Stern, 20 December 2017

The Social Democratic Party leadership unanimously agreed to hold exploratory talks in January with the Christian Democrats over the formation of a new government.

German parliament extends foreign military missions with support of the far-right AfD

By Johannes Stern, 16 December 2017

Despite the ongoing government crisis, all the German bourgeois parties are driving forward the militarization of foreign policy.

Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant

By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017

“One speaks of robots becoming more and more like humans, at Amazon it’s the other way round: humans become robots.”

Germany: SPD and Christian Democrats initiate exploratory talks on new government

By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2017

The leaderships of the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union and Social Democrats met yesterday for the first talks on forming a new government.

German Left Party supports SPD foreign minister’s great power politics

By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2017

Dietmar Bartsch, the Left Party’s parliamentary leader, has followed Social Democrat Foreign Minister Gabriel in advocating an “assertive role” for Germany in the world.

Cancellation of exhibition about Jewish art collector in Germany raises issue of Nazi-confiscated art

By Sibylle Fuchs, 13 December 2017

Düsseldorf art gallery owner Max Stern’s art collection was auctioned under pressure from the Hitler regime in the 1930s and has remained largely unseen ever since.

General Electric follows Siemens in announcing mass layoffs

By Gustav Kemper, 12 December 2017

The American conglomerate General Electric announced the layoff of 12,000 workers last week, including 4,500 in Europe.

Germany: Protests against the deportation of refugees

By our correspondents, 9 December 2017

Refugees from Afghanistan were herded onto a plane and flown from the German airport in Frankfurt-Main to Kabul, despite the efforts of several hundred demonstrators.

German Social Democratic Party congress paves way for grand coalition

By Peter Schwarz, 8 December 2017

This week's SPD congress had the task of aligning its members and delegates with the aggressive foreign policy outlined by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel this week.

Germany: Nationwide raids on G20 protesters

By Johannes Stern, 7 December 2017

Amid attempts in Berlin to maneuver a right-wing government into office, German police are reviving the myth of "extreme left" violence at Hamburg’s G20 summit.

The extreme right and the turn toward militarism in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2017

Last week’s party congress of the Alternative for Germany, the anti-immigrant party of the extreme right, marked a new stage in the legitimization of fascistic politics in Germany.

Foreign minister Gabriel promotes German big power politics

By Peter Schwarz, 6 December 2017

Gabriel’s new course marks a break with German foreign policy of the last seventy years and a return to pre-1945 politics.

German Historical Museum exhibition presents the October Revolution as an event of world-historical significance

By Verena Nees, 6 December 2017

“1917. Revolution. Russia and Europe” in Berlin is certainly worth a visit. The exhibition runs until April 15, 2018.

Thousands demonstrate against Alternative for Germany party congress

By Dietmar Henning, 5 December 2017

Many students and youth who demonstrated on Saturday in Hanover are aware of the responsibility the mainstream parties bear for the rise of the AfD.

German military leadership calls for massive rearmament program

By Johannes Stern, 4 December 2017

Leading military officials are working on a comprehensive armaments program reminiscent of the rearming of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in the 1930s.

Campaign builds for grand coalition in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 2 December 2017

A new installment of the grand coalition would pursue a much more aggressive right-wing agenda than the previous governments.

Xenophobic attack on mayor of German city

By Marianne Arens, 1 December 2017

The knife attack on the mayor of the German town of Altena, north of Cologne, is the product of the anti-refugee climate created by the political parties and media.

German court releases far-right army officer

By Dietmar Henning, 1 December 2017

The far-right German army officer Franco A. has been freed from custody. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) withdrew his arrest warrant on Wednesday.

German Left Party calls for rapid formation of new government

By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2017

In the face of mounting social protest, the Left Party wants at all costs to prevent the emergence of an independent movement of the working class.

German Greens pledge to uphold state’s interests

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2017

Following the failure of Jamaica coalition talks, the Greens are emphasizing their readiness to uphold the interests of the state, even as an opposition party.

German political establishment and big business call for grand coalition government

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2017

The SPD fears that new elections and political uncertainty could destabilise conditions in Europe and undermine the global interests of German imperialism.

Protesting workers at bankrupt Air Berlin denounce Merkel government

By Gustav Kemper, 27 November 2017

More than a thousand employees of the insolvent airline gathered Wednesday in front of Berlin Central Station for a demonstration against imminent mass redundancies.

Germany’s Social Democrats prepare for grand coalition with Merkel

By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2017

A third installment of the grand coalition will will adopt an even more authoritarian and ruthless course from its predecessors.

German SPD leader Martin Schulz: A false friend of Siemens workers

By Peter Schwarz, 24 November 2017

Despite Schulz’s rhetorical denunciations of planned job cuts at Siemens, the SPD has for years been at the forefront of attacks against workers’ jobs, wages, and living standards.

Co-plaintiffs criticize German federal prosecutor and secret service in neo-Nazi NSU trial

By Justus Leicht and Dietmar Henning, 24 November 2017

Lawyers for the relatives and victims of the terrorist attacks carried out by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) are presenting their final arguments in the case against the NSU.

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany demands new elections

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 23 November 2017

Under present conditions, this is the only way in which the working class can intervene into political events, bring their interests to bear and combat the far right’s political offensive.

Oppose right-wing censorship at Leipzig University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2017

As the Alternative for Germany has become the largest party in Saxony, the student council at Leipzig has barred the IYSSE, which combats right-wing forces, militarism and capitalism, from the university campus.

Right-wing maneuvers follow collapse of government coalition talks in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 22 November 2017

Behind the backs of the population the German ruling class is elaborating various scenarios with the same aim: the formation of an extreme right-wing government.

Christian Democratic student association calls for the banning of the IYSSE at German universities

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 November 2017

The denial of working group status for the IYSSE in Leipzig sets a precedent to deprive socialist student organizations of standing as university groups across the country, an attack on basic democratic rights.

Political crisis in Berlin as coalition talks for German government fail

By Peter Schwarz, 21 November 2017

The failure of the coalition talks has triggered a deep crisis in Berlin and marks a turning point in German and European politics.

German government coalition talks stall

By Peter Schwarz, 20 November 2017

After four weeks of talks, the CDU, CSU, FDP and Greens failed to reach agreement on a Jamaica coalition by Thursday evening.

Report notes dramatic increase in homelessness in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 17 November 2017

The Federal Working Group for Homelessness reported this week that the homeless now number almost 1 million in Germany.

An artist’s eye view of the Russian Revolution

1917: The Real October—An animated documentary by Katrin Rothe

By Sybille Fuchs, 17 November 2017

The two-time Grimme Award-winner Kathrin Rothe portrays the events of February to October 1917 in Russia from the viewpoint of a number of artists.

EU anti-“fake news” authority prepares mass censorship

By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2017

The EU is preparing censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.

German secret service interferes in negotiations over new government

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2017

The fact that the head of the BND went public a few days before the conclusion of exploratory talks on a “Jamaica” coalition can only be considered as direct interference in the formation of a government.

EU member states take major step toward a European army

By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2017

The European Union has agreed on a framework to develop the capacity for waging war independently of and, if necessary, against the United States.

The denunciation of the Russian Revolution in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2017

If one reviews the articles, contributions on radio and television, and films to mark the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia, the principal rule that applies is: “anything goes.”

German court rejects bid by Professor Jörg Baberowski to bar criticism of his right-wing extremism

By Christoph Vandreier, 10 November 2017

The Humboldt University professor was rebuffed in an attempt to have a court prohibit the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei from exposing his falsifications of history.

Plant closures and layoffs on the agenda at German conglomerate Siemens

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 9 November 2017

Several thousand job cuts will hit Siemens Group's Power Generation sector as well as its subsidiary, Siemens Gamesa, which manufactures wind turbines.

Calls for military buildup and great power politics grow amid German coalition talks

By Peter Schwarz, 8 November 2017

The voices calling for the adoption of an aggressive foreign policy and a major military expansion by a future “Jamaica coalition” are growing louder.

NATO intensifies its preparations for war with Russia

By Philipp Frisch, 7 November 2017

Against the backdrop of US aggression against North Korea, NATO is intensifying its preparations for war with Russia, the world’s second largest nuclear power.

Germany: “Jamaica coalition” on a course towards war

By Peter Schwarz, 6 November 2017

The greatest pressure for a massive rearmament comes not from the “Jamaica” parties, but rather from the Social Democrats, the SPD.

Germany: Coalition talks centre on increase in defence spending

By Johannes Stern, 3 November 2017

The Christian Democrats, Greens and Free Democratic Party are talking about massively increasing military spending and the powers of the state.

German military builds training ground for civil war

By Johannes Stern, 30 October 2017

Lieutenant-General Frank Leidenberger declared: “The missions of the past have taught us that the environment in which we may have to fight is no longer open space but urban areas.”

Germany’s “Jamaica” coalition parties agree on debt brake, tax cuts and privatisation

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 October 2017

Tthe financial policy guidelines of the Jamaica Alliance are an intensification of the anti-social policies of the country’s previous grand coalition of the CDU-CSU and SPD.

Did an undercover agent incite the Berlin Christmas Market attack?

By Dietmar Henning, 26 October 2017

An undercover agent from the State Criminal Bureau in North Rhine-Westphalia is alleged to have had close contact with the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market attack.

The far-right Alternative for Germany enters parliament

By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2017

Seventy-two years after the end of the Hitler's dictatorship, neo-Nazis, racists and xenophobes are once again sitting in the German parliament.

Trade war in the aerospace industry: Airbus takes over shares in Bombardier

By Gustav Kemper, 25 October 2017

Airbus will be the main beneficiary of the trade war measures imposed on Bombardier by the US Commerce Department following pressure from US competitor Boeing.

Thousands demonstrate in Berlin against ultra-right Alternative for Germany

By our correspondents, 24 October 2017

Ahead of the first sitting of the newly elected parliament (Bundestag), more than 10,000 people demonstrated on Sunday in Berlin against the political shift to the right.

German Air Force involved in war crimes in Syria

By Philipp Frisch, 21 October 2017

On October 9, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) resumed operations in Syria and Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS.

Talks on forming German coalition government begin

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2017

A “Jamaica coalition” would intensify austerity policies throughout Europe, press ahead with the militarisation of the EU and adopt the Alternative for Germany’s anti-refugee policy.

Power struggle in leadership of Germany’s Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2017

The Left Party is responding to the federal election and the rise of the Alternative for Germany by shifting sharply to the right, triggering internal divisions.

German Social Democrats take first place in Lower Saxony election but lose their Green coalition partner

By Ulrich Rippert, 19 October 2017

The SPD gained more than 4 percent over its last showing, but the losses of the Greens mean that the two parties lack the parliamentary majority needed for a new coalition.

Trump’s threats against Iran aggravate German-American tensions

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017

Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.

Germany: The significance of the election in Lower Saxony

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 October 2017

Influential ruling class circles intend to use the result to facilitate a complete realignment of the government at the federal level.

French president Macron and ex-left Cohn-Bendit advocate a militarily strong Europe at Frankfurt Book Fair

By Marianne Arens, 14 October 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is striving for a heavily armed Europe capable of pursuing its own imperialist strategy around the world, while suppressing opposition at home.

Germany: Public prosecutor drops investigation into NSA spying

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 13 October 2017

The massive spying operation on millions of innocent people carried out by US, British and German intelligence agencies will have no legal consequences in Germany.

Schäuble calls for the continuation of austerity policies in Germany and Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2017

The outgoing German finance minister is taking advantage of his last days in office to call for his policy of social cuts to be made permanent.

Germany’s conservative parties shift further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 11 October 2017

The Christian Democratic Union and its partner, the Christian Social Union, have agreed on a common line of approach for a future government coalition to include the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.

Attack in 2016 on Munich shopping centre was an act of right-wing terrorism

By Dietmar Henning, 11 October 2017

Although three reports reveal the right-wing extremist motives of the attacker, who killed nine people, the authorities continue to speak of a shooting spree by a victim of school bullying.

060 Right-wing attack in Munich

10 October 2017

German government backs Spain’s violent crackdown on Catalonia

By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017

The German government has backed Madrid’s suppression of the Catalonian independence referendum because it, too, is preparing to crack down on social and political opposition at home.

What would a “Jamaica” coalition in Germany represent?

By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017

It is already becoming clear that the new government will be the most right-wing in the history of the German Federal Republic.

Siemens and Alstom rail train units merge as corporations prepare for trade war

By Gustav Kemper, 6 October 2017

The merger of the two companies, with 62,000 employees and an annual turnover of around 15 billion euros, creates the world’s second-largest railway technology company.

Germany’s Network Enforcement Act: Legal framework for censorship of the Internet

By Katerina Selin, 5 October 2017

The assumption behind the law, which took effect October 1, is that companies will delete controversial posts rather than risk severe financial penalties.

Germany’s Social Democratic president calls for tougher refugee policy and adaptation to AfD

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 October 2017

In his speech on German Unity Day, the president advocated an understanding with the ultra-right AfD, a tougher refugee policy and “German patriotism.”

German Left Party’s Lafontaine launches AfD-style tirade against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017

The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.

German Green Party opts for coalition with conservative and neo-liberal parties

By Peter Schwarz, 4 October 2017

A Green Party conference agreed to start negotiations on a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union and the Free Democratic Party.

Germany’s Social Democrats prepare to suppress popular opposition

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2017

The Social Democratic Party is taking on the task of suppressing opposition to militarism, the strengthening of the state apparatus and social cutbacks.

The AfD enters the Bundestag: a far right party of the ruling establishment in Germany

By Christopher Hosang and Johannes Stern, 2 October 2017

For the first time since the collapse of the Third Reich 72 years ago, a right-wing extremist party has entered the German Bundestag.

German army build-up follows federal election

By Tino Jacobson, 30 September 2017

The latest acquisitions are part of a comprehensive armaments program over coming years whose dimensions recall the massive rearming of the Wehrmacht in the 1930s.

After German elections establishment parties call for further military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 29 September 2017

The ruling class has responded to the right-wing extremist AfD’s electoral success with intensified calls for a military build-up and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.