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Spain abandons attempt to extradite Puigdemont from Germany

By Alex Lantier, 20 July 2018

Puigdemont had fled Catalonia last autumn during the brutal police crackdown launched by Madrid against the Catalan independence referendum he had organized.

Germany: Anti-Semitism victim beaten by police in Bonn

By Sybille Fuchs, 20 July 2018

Professor of Philosophy Yitzhak Melamed, who teaches at t he University of Baltimore in the US, was brutally beaten in Bonn in an anti-Semitic attack and subsequently beaten by police.

Far-right Identitarian movement attempts to disrupt IYSSE meeting in Dresden

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 20 July 2018

On July 12 the far-right Identitarian movement attempted to disrupt a meeting of the IYSSE on the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx at the University of Technology in Dresden. The action failed because the meeting was switched to a larger room shortly before it began.

Auto parts workers strike in Germany

IG Metall accepts mass redundancies and plant closures

By Marianne Arens, 18 July 2018

The IG Metall union has long since abandoned the factory in Leipzig.

Germany: Angry protests against verdicts in trial of neo-Nazi NSU

By Sven Heymann, 18 July 2018

Protests took place in several cities over the weekend against the verdicts in the trial of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground.

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Unions strangle strike efforts by European Amazon workers on Prime Day

By Will Morrow and Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2018

Prime Day is treated as a virtual public holiday by the corporate media, akin to Black Friday, but it is synonymous with increased exploitation for Amazon and other shipping workers.

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17 July 2018

German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges

By Alejandro López, 16 July 2018

In Spain, the newly installed minority Socialist Party (PSOE) government announced it would abide by the ruling, although it is a rebuke to the party's line in the Catalan crisis.

Twenty thousand demonstrate in Düsseldorf, Germany against police state attacks on democratic rights

By our correspondents, 12 July 2018

Last Saturday, 20,000 workers and young people marched from Düsseldorf Central Station to the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament to protest the new police law planned by the state government.

German interior minister’s “Master Plan” for refugees: Internment camps and mass deportations

By Johannes Stern, 12 July 2018

With its “Migration Master Plan,” the grand coalition government has adopted the refugee policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany.

NATO, at war with itself, rearms for war with the world

By Andre Damon, 12 July 2018

All members of NATO reaffirmed their commitment to massive military rearmament, to be paid for with sweeping cuts to public infrastructure and attacks on the social position of the working class.

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against inhumane anti-refugee policies

By Gustav Kemper, 10 July 2018

The protests Saturday were organised within the space of a few days almost exclusively via social media.

Refugees ensnared in European dragnet

By Johannes Stern and Andre Damon, 9 July 2018

Germany’s establishment parties have agreed to set up mass refugee internment camps inside the country, based on the criminal and racist immigration policies of the neo-fascists.

German Social Democratic Party backs brutal offensive against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2018

The SPD has lined up behind the refugee policy of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer: sealing off the country’s borders, accelerating deportations and establishing closed detention camps.

French auto giant PSA announces new cuts at Opel

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 7 July 2018

The PSA board intends to sell off large parts of the International Technical Development Centre (ITEZ) in Rüsselsheim, threatening the jobs of thousands of technicians, engineers and developers

Billions for war and police-state repression in Germany’s grand coalition budget

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2018

The most significant features of the budget plan include a major increase in military spending, the strengthening of domestic police state repression and measures to terrorise refugees.

Germany: Largest ever mass deportation of refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 6 July 2018

In the early hours of July 4, 69 refugees were deported in the largest ever mass deportation to Afghanistan.

Social Democrats back conservative parties’ plan for concentration camps in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2018

Leading SPD politicians have welcomed the reactionary agreement by conservative parties for concentration camps for refugees.

Right-wing German army officer Franco A: No charges for terrorist plans

By Sven Heymann, 4 July 2018

All the evidence indicates that Franco A. and his accomplices are only a small part of a much larger neo-Nazi network within the German military and state apparatus.

German government settles dispute at refugees’ expense

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2018

The "transit centres," "debarkation platforms" and "control centres" for refugees are creating a technical and legal infrastructure to lock up oppositionists and undesirable minorities in the future.

Left Party supports anti-refugee policies of German government

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2018

At the EU summit last week, measures against refugees were discussed that recall the darkest period of German and European history.

European Union adopts far-right refugee policy

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2018

Hundreds of people fleeing poverty and war have drowned in the Mediterranean over the past week as a result of the EU’s reactionary crackdown on refugees.

German government crisis: The working class needs its own strategy against anti-refugee agitation, militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 26 June 2018

The dispute between the CDU and the CSU is over how best to implement the reactionary program of the German grand coalition government in the face of growing popular opposition.

Oppose right-wing censorship at Frankfurt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 June 2018

With this open letter, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is protesting against the banning of its meeting on the contemporary relevance of Marxism by the student union at the University of Frankfurt.

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21 June 2018

Merkel, Macron call for more EU militarism at Mesenburg conference

By Alex Lantier, 20 June 2018

Merkel and Macron signed an agreement for a drastic expansion of EU militarism and joint attacks on immigrants together with far-right governments in Italy and Austria.

Rent by crisis, German government adopts far-right refugee policy

By Johannes Stern, 19 June 2018

The statements of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer make clear that the grand coalition is adopting the refugee policy of the neo-fascist AfD.

German government rent by deepening crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 16 June 2018

A fierce conflict over refugee policy between the conservative sister parties CDU and CSU threatens to blow apart the grand coalition.

The far right determine Europe’s refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2018

Following the entry of extreme right-wing parties into the Austrian and Italian governments, the European Union and all other European governments are adopting their ruthless refugee policy.

Germany’s Left Party embraces policies of far-right AfD

By Peter Schwarz, 13 June 2018

The Left Party’s congress, which took place in Leipzig over the weekend, was dominated by a bitter conflict over refugee policy.

Germany: AfD leader Gauland and the hypocritical response to Nazi rehabilitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 June 2018

At the weekend, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Alexander Gauland again took up the right-wing propaganda campaign to gloss over and relativise the crimes of the Nazis.

Merkel calls for EU militarism, financial austerity in reply to Macron

By Alex Lantier, 6 June 2018

While Merkel endorsed French calls for militarism and attacks on refugees, she gave little support for Macron’s calls for more investment and guarantees against new debt crises.

Germany: IG Metall union and works councils agree to job and wage cuts at Opel

By Dietmar Henning, 2 June 2018

The union and works councils have signed up to almost every demand of PSA boss Carlos Tavares and Opel chief Michael Lohscheller.

Over 10,000 jobs at risk at Deutsche Bank

By Gustav Kemper, 31 May 2018

Germany’s crisis-ridden Deutsche Bank has already slashed 6,000 jobs and closed 188 branches in the past few years.

Germany: Twenty-five years since the arson attack in Solingen

By Marianne Arens and Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 May 2018

On Saturday, May 29, 1993, five members of the Gença family were killed in an arson attack carried out by far-right extremists in the town of Solingen.

The fight against the far-right Alternative for Germany requires a socialist perspective

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 28 May 2018

The following statement was distributed by the SEP and IYSSE at demonstrations held on Sunday against the fascist Alternative for Germany.

“Never again!”

Tens of thousands protest in Berlin against far-right AfD

By our correspondents, 28 May 2018

Demonstrators said they were disgusted by the fascistic tirade against Muslim migrants delivered to the German parliament by AfD leader Alice Weidel.

Conflicts intensify between Europe and US

By Peter Schwarz, 25 May 2018

The German foreign minister, who was in Washington for an inaugural visit on Wednesday, was rebuffed on every controversial issue.

Militarism and fascist demagogy in the German parliament

By Johannes Stern, 22 May 2018

The neo-fascist faction of the German parliament opened the first general debate of the legislative period with a racist tirade. This was simply ignored by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has largely adopted the fascists’ refugee program.

Germany: Bavarian police law passed—a step toward a police state

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 May 2018

The new law eliminates the principle of the separation of the police and intelligence services and abolishes many individual liberties.

#MeToo at the Cannes Film Festival: All about money and power

By Stefan Steinberg, 21 May 2018

An examination of recent movies by prominent women filmmakers reveals that they share the problems of their male counterparts.

German Chancellor Merkel announces major rearmament program

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 May 2018

Facing a deepening conflict with the United States, Berlin is seeking to use its armed forces to pursue its geo-strategic interests around the world.

Germany’s Left Party demands independent German-European imperialist policy

By Johannes Stern, 16 May 2018

Like the Greens 20 years ago, the Left Party now stands ready to paint the return of German imperialism to the world stage “in the brightest possible colours.”

Trade unions in lock step with the German government

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 May 2018

The unions act as company police, intimidating workers and developing their own rationalization plans.

The massacre in Gaza and imperialist war policy

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2018

The defense by the imperialist powers of Israel’s murder of over 60 Palestinian demonstrators Monday makes clear that they have adopted the mass killing of unarmed civilians as a legitimate policy tool.

German militarization and Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

By Johannes Stern, 15 May 2018

Following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, the German bourgeoisie is intensifying its campaign for militarism, rearmament, and war.

Munich: 40,000 demonstrate against new police law

By Markus Salzmann, 15 May 2018

The new Bavarian Police Law is unprecedented in Germany’s history since the fall of the Nazi regime.

Over 100 attend IYSSE meeting at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany

By our correspondents, 14 May 2018

The meeting commemorated the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx, addressing his legacy and continuing relevance.

Stop the terror directed against refugees in Germany!

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 May 2018

The night-time raid last week by hundreds of police on a refugee camp in Ellwangen was a deliberate state provocation aimed at intimidating anyone who dares to oppose the aggressive and often illegal deportation measures of the German state.

German defence minister calls for faster increase in military spending

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2018

Since the government’s initial budget was announced last week, there has been an aggressive campaign in politics and the media with the aim of upgrading the German military much faster and more comperehensively.

Oppose the brutal police crackdown on refugees in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 9 May 2018

The brutal police assault on a refugee camp in Ellwangen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg marks a step in the direction of a police state and undermines core democratic rights.

Christian Petzold’s Transit: The condition of refugees as hell on earth

By Stefan Sternberg, 9 May 2018

The fate of refugees is the subject of Transit, the latest film by prominent German director Christian Petzold, which featured at the 2018 Berlinale and is now on public release in Germany.

Why is Germany’s far-right AfD championing Israel?

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2018

The recognition of Israel’s security interests has nothing to do with moral considerations arising from the Shoah.

Inhuman conditions in Germany’s largest refugee detention centre

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 4 May 2018

Germany’s grand coalition of conservative parties and the Social Democratic Party is intent on stepping up the deportation of refugees and extending the country’s system of deportation centres.

Germany: Grand coalition government discusses war budget

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2018

While there is supposedly no money for social programmes, jobs, pensions and medical care, defence spending next year alone is set to rise by at least three billion euros.

Germany’s Marx 21 group backs imperialist offensive against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2018

Following the latest attacks against Damascus, the pseudo-left Marx 21 tendency has stepped up its campaign for a more aggressive military intervention in Syria.

German army rehearses for civil war

By Gregor Link, 2 May 2018

The deployment of the Bundeswehr domestically and the networking of civilian agencies with the police and military are part of a comprehensive rearmament offensive.

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1 May 2018

Right-wing extremist Professor Jörg Baberowski attacks critics at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Christoph Vandreier, 1 May 2018

Baberowski has not only denounced his colleagues, he has threatened them.

German Chancellor Merkel and Donald Trump hold tense meeting in Washington

By Peter Schwarz, 28 April 2018

While the meeting appeared superficially friendly, Trump made no concessions on the fundamental issues discussed.

German chancellor travels to Washington amid trade and geopolitical tensions

By Peter Schwarz, 27 April 2018

Merkel’s meeting with Trump takes place against the backdrop of planned US tariffs on steel and aluminum, and divisions over the Iran nuclear deal.

Germany: IG Metall union sabotages workers’ struggle to defend jobs

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 April 2018

Opel auto workers in Germany are confronting corporate management’s demand for massive cuts in jobs and wages combined with a drastic deterioration of working conditions.

Alleged corruption scandal in Bremen used to restrict right to asylum in Germany

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 April 2018

An incident hyped by the right-wing Bild tabloid as a “major corruption scandal” turns out on closer inspection to be nothing of the sort.

German military procure armed drones

By Gustav Kemper, 25 April 2018

Barely in office, the grand coalition is pushing ahead with its military upgrade plans. Eighteen major contracts should be awarded this year, each exceeding €25 million.

Germany: SPD elects Andrea Nahles as new party leader

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2018

Nahles takes over the leadership of a party moving sharply to the right and in a process of profound decline.

Merkel, Macron meet in Berlin as Syrian strike deepens conflicts inside NATO

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.

German public service union closes ranks with the government

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.

Germany’s pro-war Left Party postures as a “party of peace”

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.

“Berlin is Burning”: Berlin firefighters’ campaign of resistance raises political issues

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.

EU foreign ministers push for regime change in Damascus following Syria attack

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.

German government backs illegal attack on Syria

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.

Demonstration against rent increases in Berlin draws 25,000

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.

205 SGP statement on Germany and Syria strikes

16 April 2018

War fever grips German media

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.”

German government supports possible attack on Syria

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.

German public service strikers fear sell-out

By Marianne Arens, 13 April 2018

Public sector workers are demanding real change. However, many fear a sell-out by their union, Verdi.

Germany: Grand coalition starts national armament programme

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.

German government supports war preparations against Syria

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.

Strikes in Germany’s public sector as anger mounts over wages and working conditions

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.

Germany: The social and political background of the fatal rampage in Münster

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.

Bavaria revives Germany’s notorious “Radicals Decree”

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.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont released from German prison

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

Brothers (1929) and Comradeship (1931): Two films dealing with the workers movement

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.

“Berlin burns:” Firefighters oppose austerity policies of state government

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.

Germany: Public service trade union announces extension of protest strikes

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.

The new traditions of Germany’s armed forces: Hero-worship, militarism and war

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.

040 German public sector strike

3 April 2018

68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7

A fresh look at German cinema in the Weimar Republic era (1919-1933)

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.

Germany’s grand coalition and the return of a police state

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.

Babylon Berlin: A lavish television series about 1920s’ Germany

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).

Spanish judiciary accuses former Catalan President Puigdemont of “mobilising the masses”

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.

German politicians question US-led campaign against Russia

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.

The arrest of Catalan President Carles Puigdemont: Another step toward a police state in Europe

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.

Germany: Why is the taz newspaper defending the far-right ideologue Baberowski?

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

Central Airport THF: In Berlin, the end of the road for many refugees

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.

German parliament follows in the tracks of the far-right Alternative for Germany

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.

German chancellor’s government speech: Anti-refugee propaganda, rearmament and war

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.

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22 March 2018

German grand coalition shifts sharply to the right

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.