Western Europe

Germany: Left Party parliamentary group elects new leadership

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2019

The trench warfare within the Left Party expresses tensions and friction stemming inevitably from the right-wing turn undertaken by the whole party.

Glasgow helicopter crash inquiry scapegoats pilot

By Steve James, 16 November 2019

After six years waiting, the verdict of a Fatal Accident Inquiry has pinned responsibility for the Clutha helicopter crash solely on the aircraft’s pilot, David Traill, who was one of those killed.

16 November 2019

German defence minister calls for expansion of foreign military interventions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2019

In a keynote address, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer declared, “there is broad agreement that, given the strategic challenges, Germany must ... “do more to defend our values and interests.”

Macron warns Economist magazine of world war, collapse of NATO alliance

By Alex Lantier, 9 November 2019

Outlining escalating conflicts inside NATO, Macron admitted that for decades it has attacked countries and toppled their regimes without any popular support.

Defying their unions, Dutch teachers stage countrywide one-day strike

By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 9 November 2019

The teachers’ action was the latest in a series of mass protests across the country, which has been dubbed an “autumn of discontent.”

UK’s Royal Mail seeks legal action to prevent postal strike

By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2019

Royal Mail intends to impose conditions now widespread throughout the “gig economy.” The Communication Workers Union have done everything possible to avert industrial action.

German Christian Democrats call for collaboration with the far-right AfD

By Marianne Arens, 9 November 2019

A leader of the CDU said in an interview that, in his opinion, the AfD was “a conservative party” and were “not all Nazis.”

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9 November 2019

Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Peter Schwarz, 9 November 2019

Thirty years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the GDR. Republished below is an article by Peter Schwarz that first appeared on the WSWS five years ago, on November 8, 2014, under the headline, “25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

Right-wing campaign unfolds in Spain for November 10 elections

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2019

By making support for police repression in Catalonia the centre of the election campaign, Spain’s major parties are accelerating the rise of the fascistic Vox party.

Former neo-fascist candidate attacks mosque in French city of Bayonne

By Anthony Torres, 4 November 2019

The entire political and media establishment bears heavy political responsibility for these attacks, creating the filthy political climate that encourages right-wing elements to carry them out.

Trump targets Corbyn in UK election intervention

By Laura Tiernan, 2 November 2019

Trump’s intervention comes less than four months after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the US government would not allow a Corbyn government to take office and would “push back” to prevent this.

Germany’s grand coalition extends military operations in Syria and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Eighty years after the end of the Second World War, leading politicians from all parties openly advocate policies of war and military violence.

Hamburg senate deploys police against student anti-Nazi protest

By Christoph Vandreier and Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Hundreds of Hamburg students have protested against the return of Bernd Lucke, founder of the far-right Alternative for Germany, to their university in the past two weeks.

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019

Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.

100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus art school and movement: “A New Era”

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 November 2019

The question arises: what was so special about this school, which existed for just 14 years (1919-1933) and was forced to change its location three times in Germany due to the hostile reaction of conservative and nationalist forces?

European Union delays Brexit extension decision as Corbyn tries to avoid general election

By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2019

Germany, Spain and Italy are all pushing for the three-month Brexit extension, while French President Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the lone opposition voice.

Britain obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2019

The British judiciary is terrified that the investigation into the illegal surveillance of Assange will further expose the lawless character of the attempt to extradite him to the US.

Labour leads effort to vote down Johnson’s Brexit deal

By Chris Marsden, 19 October 2019

UK members of parliament will vote today on whether or not to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the European Union.

An open letter to all members of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers

Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 October 2019

Bernhard Kempen is using his position as president of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers to defend the right-wing extremist historian Jörg Baberowski.

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Julian Assange to appear Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site urges the widest support for Monday’s demonstration outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London starting at 9 a.m.

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2019

While Assange is subjected to what amounts to torture in a British prison, the war criminals he has done so much to expose walk free.

Right-wing extremist network behind fascist synagogue attack in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 October 2019

The reality is that the “ideological inciters” of the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle hold top positions within the state and security apparatus, the intelligence agencies, the military and the federal government.

European Union continues talks with Johnson government over possible Brexit deal

By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2019

Labour MPs are reported to be “blitzing” party leader Jeremy Corbyn with demands that he support a fresh Brexit referendum being held before a general election.

Dortmund, Germany withdraws prestigious award from the author Kamila Shamsie over support for BDS

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 October 2019

The withdrawal of the prize is yet another case of censorship by the German state and local authorities, which claim to oppose anti-Semitism but in fact suppress and criminalise any criticism of the Israeli government’s right-wing policies.

New Anti-capitalist Party demands military escalation against Turkey in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2019

The Pabloite NPA bitterly opposes a struggle to unify the working class internationally in a movement against imperialist war and the Middle Eastern bourgeoisie.

Corbyn tries to unite Labour Party to solve Brexit crisis for ruling class

By Thomas Scripps, 21 September 2019

The Labour Party conference beginning Saturday will be dominated by the conflict over the party’s Brexit policy.

British judge jails Assange indefinitely, despite end of prison sentence

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2019

The ruling, which confines Assange to prison indefinitely, is the latest in a series of attacks on his legal and democratic rights by the British judiciary.

French transit workers strike against attack on pensions

By Will Morrow, 14 September 2019

The trade unions are seeking to prevent any struggle against Macron’s attack through a series of isolated one-day actions over the next month.

Defending pensions against Macron requires an international political strategy

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2019

The way forward to defend pensions and oppose the well-advanced drive towards fascistic police state rule is to turn to the international working class.

Labour Party revokes Electronic Intifada journalist’s press pass in bid to suppress left-wing criticism

By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2019

Labour’s censorship of Electronic Intifada is bound up with the Labour right’s efforts to silence critics of its slanderous witch-hunt of party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing supporters.

Billionaire Duke of Westminster carrying out social cleansing of working class residents in London

By Charles Hixson, 14 September 2019

Of the 141 people being evicted, eight are disabled, with some having lived in the blocks for as long as 40 years.

IG Metall plays treacherous role in the Riva steelworkers strike

By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2019

The allies of striking Riva workers are not union officials but workers across Germany and internationally that are facing similar attacks.

020 SPD, CDU back fascist candidate

9 September 2019

Up to 600,000 children in England either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

By Margot Miller, 31 August 2019

Some councils build no new houses and are fast selling off existing stock. The Shelter charity says 3.1 million new social homes are needed over the next 20 years, including 1.27 million for homeless families.

Panorama documentary exposes human cost of gambling industry profits

By Tom Pearce, 31 August 2019

The reach of the UK gambling industry is staggering. UK gambling firms have a 39 percent world market share of the remote betting, bingo and casino sector.

Massive police mobilization in Biarritz, France as G7 summit opens

By Kumaran Ira, 24 August 2019

In preparation for this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, the French authorities are carrying out a massive police mobilization to prepare to suppress any opposition.

UK Prime Minister Johnson fails to secure Brexit concessions from Germany and France

By Robert Stevens, 24 August 2019

Corbyn’s meeting with Remain-supporting parties and MPs is his latest capitulation to the agenda of sections of big business opposed to leaving the EU.

“We are all equal!” Captain who saved refugees refuses award from Paris mayor

By Will Morrow, 24 August 2019

Klemp repudiated the award and denounced the anti-refugee polices of the Paris authorities.

UK: Fire breaks out in tower block near Grenfell Tower

By Steve James, 24 August 2019

The fire in Markham tower in North Kensington, just yards from Grenfell Tower, shows the criminal character of enveloping Grenfell in highly flammable cladding.

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24 August 2019

Merkel and Orbán: A sordid deal at the expense of refugees and democracy

By Peter Schwarz, 24 August 2019

On the 30th anniversary of the opening up of the Hungarian-Austrian border, Merkel and Orbán sang the praises of “freedom” while agreeing to closer military collaboration.

UK: Record £9.2 billion of NHS budget handed to private firms

By Ben Trent, 17 August 2019

A third of hip replacements carried out in the NHS are now done privately and community health and mental health provision have seen five years of continual gains by the private sector.

German Greens prepare for participation in government

By Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2019

Fourteen years after the failure of the first Social Democrat-Green Party government, the Greens are being considered as a viable party of government in Germany once again.

Nearly five million people in the UK live in “deep poverty”

By Dennis Moore, 17 August 2019

An army of 14.3 million people are in poverty with a third (4.5 million) in “deep poverty” and living on the breadline.

Britain to join US naval blockade of Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 7 August 2019

The decision signifies a further intensification of the drive to war against Iran.

Grenfell fire campaigner Amanda Beckles died by suicide

By Barry Mason, 7 August 2019

The coroner’s inquest heard that Amanda, a witness to the Grenfell Tower fire, had sought therapy after showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and was struggling financially.

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7 August 2019

UK: By-election defeat for Conservatives but Labour almost wiped out

By Robert Stevens, 5 August 2019

The vote for the Labour Party in Brecon and Radnorshire collapsed, with its candidate coming fourth and only just retaining his deposit on a 5.3 percent share of the vote.

Growing evidence of government responsibility for blaze

Paris authorities cover up lead contamination in schools caused by Notre Dame fire

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2019

Paris authorities are covering up the risk of lead poisoning after the Notre Dame fire, as new details of mismanagement before the disaster emerge.

UK: Far-right rampage in central Manchester, as police stand aside

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2019

Once inside the privately-owned Arndale shopping centre, the far-right mob turned one of its central atriums, Exchange Court, into the venue for a political rally.

European Union threatens Iran with naval mission to Persian Gulf

By Alex Lantier, 30 July 2019

Amid the US war drive against Iran, this mission is a reckless attempt by the European imperialists to grab a share of the resources of the oil-rich Persian Gulf region.

Germany: New defence minister demands more money, recognition for the armed forces

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 July 2019

The change at the top of the Defence Ministry is linked to an intense campaign for military rearmament.

Jeremy Corbyn and the coming to power of Boris Johnson

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2019

Corbyn has acted as political midwife to a Johnson government, thanks to his suppression of all attempts by workers to wage a struggle against big business and its political defenders.

Public transport workers’ meeting Thursday to demand WikiLeaks founder’s freedom

London bus drivers show support for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 30 July 2019

Many London bus drivers, drawn from every corner of the world, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, have first-hand experience of the US war crimes and government corruption exposed by WikiLeaks since 2006.

30 July 2019

War danger in Middle East exacerbates political crisis in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2019

As Britain moves closer to war, the Iran crisis is being seized on by those advocating a drastic increase in the UK’s military budget.

One month since Steve Caniço’s disappearance in police raid in Nantes, France

Macron threatens: “Calm must be restored in the country”

By Will Morrow, 22 July 2019

Macron is using the latest crime by police to send a message that state forces can attack and kill working people with impunity.

Wild Rose and Yesterday: A Scottish singer seeks country music fame and a world without the Beatles

By Joanne Laurier, 22 July 2019

Two recent British-made films delve into the field of popular music. Works about such a subject can be a means of getting at social life from an unusual and unorthodox point of view.

22 July 2019

Iran seizes UK tanker in Strait of Hormuz as danger of Middle East war mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019

Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.

UK intelligence agencies exonerated of responsibility in London Bridge terror attack

By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 20 July 2019

The families of the victims presented evidence before the inquest showing that the attacks could and should have been prevented.

Scottish National Party supports the witch-hunting of Julian Assange

By Steve James, 20 July 2019

The statements of Scottish National Party representatives on the hounding and torture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange make clear the party supports his jailing and extradition.

“The university and its teachers have a responsibility toward history”

An interview with veteran French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier about actress Lillian Gish and director D. W. Griffith

Bowling Green State University recently removed the famed actress’s name from its film theater

By David Walsh, 20 July 2019

French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight, Coup de Torchon, Life and Nothing But, It All Starts Today, In the Electric Mist) is one of the most admirable figures in cinema over the past 45 years.

France: Delevoye report prepares the slashing of pensions by Macron

By Anthony Torres, 18 July 2019

Despite the growing opposition expressed in the “yellow vest” protests, the Macron government is accelerating its assault on the social rights of the working class.

UK: Bed shortages cause increasing reliance on emergency beds in NHS hospitals

By Ben Trent, 18 July 2019

Over the past 30 years, NHS bed capacity has been halved by Labour and Conservative governments.

Police launch mass arrests on Bastille Day in Paris

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 15 July 2019

President Emmanuel Macron was booed and jeered as he drove in the motorcade down the Champs-Elysées on the traditional military parade Sunday morning.

Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon

By Alex Lantier, 13 July 2019

Late yesterday afternoon, approximately 700 undocumented immigrant workers held a peaceful demonstration and occupied Paris’ historic Panthéon building, demanding an immediate recognition of their right to reside in France.

BBC Panorama witch-hunts Corbyn and Labour Party on bogus anti-Semitism charges

By Richard Tyler, 13 July 2019

The programme was trial by media, providing a platform for politically hostile former Labour Party staff members to air their allegations against the Labour leader.

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2019

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.

Germany: Following the murder of politician Walter Lübcke—the call for a strong state

By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2019

The 2018 report by the secret service again describes the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei as “left-wing extremist” and an “object for surveillance.”

UK’s GCHQ spy centre seeks new powers to circumvent encryption

By Thomas Scripps, 6 July 2019

The new surveillance measures, known as a “ghost protocol,” would allow a government agent to “sit in” on ostensibly secure private conversations without other participants knowing.

Paris police use pepper spray against seated climate change protesters

By Will Morrow, 2 July 2019

Riot police strolled around the group, pepper spraying their faces from 20 centimeters away and ripping protective goggles off them, as onlookers filmed with their phones.

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2 July 2019

Labour MP Chris Williamson suspended as Corbyn again appeases his right wing

By Chris Marsden, 1 July 2019

Williamson was first suspended on February 27 at the behest of right-wing and Zionist groups and individuals, based on baseless accusations of anti-Semitism.

Lübcke’s murderer was part of vast underground German neo-Nazi terrorist network

By Johannes Stern, 28 June 2019

Stephen Ernst, the assassin of CDU politician Walter Lübcke, acted as part of a neo-Nazi network with close ties to the right-wing terrorist National Socialist Underground.

Two German fighter jets collide in midair during practice flight

By Marianne Arens, 28 June 2019

Following the collision of two fighter planes, which resulted in the death of one pilot, German media outlets expressed their outrage at the lack of patriotism in the response of the population.

Four men charged with murder based on bogus MH-17 investigation

By Clara Weiss, 24 June 2019

Charges against pro-Moscow separatists were laid based on an “investigation” influenced by the Ukrainian regime, that produced no proof of Russian involvement in downing flight MH-17.

Far-right German police arrested for hoarding ammunition

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 24 June 2019

Although the authorities were aware of the activities of police officers involved in far-right networks two years ago, the group was allowed to continue unhindered.

Britain at centre of international “corporate tax haven network”

By Simon Whelan, 24 June 2019

The Tax Justice Network reports that tax haven territories linked to Britain are responsible for approximately a third of the world’s corporate tax avoidance.

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21 June 2019

The war on journalism is a war on the humanities

By Monika Eisenhauer, 21 June 2019

The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.

Left Party to enter state government in West Germany for the first time

By Peter Schwarz, 17 June 2019

Following the recent defeat of the SPD and Greens in Bremen, the Left Party is securing both parties a majority and joining the state government to continue their despised policies.

German police threaten climate change protesters

By Harold Hambacher, 17 June 2019

Police are treating youth concerned about climate change like criminals.

International Criminal Court filing on refugee policy charges EU with crimes against humanity

By Casey Gold, 11 June 2019

The request details how European officials consciously implemented policies that led to more than 14,000 refugee deaths in the Mediterranean in the last three years.

French state demands four months’ jail for “yellow vest” protester Eric Drouet

By Anthony Torres, 11 June 2019

The charges against Drouet are unfounded and underscore that a police state is being built in France.

German Interior Ministry attacks press freedom

By Gregor Link, 11 June 2019

Under the guise of the new secret service law, the uncovering of state crimes and preparations for dictatorship in Germany is now to be criminalized.

US Secretary of State Pompeo threatens “push-back” to prevent a Corbyn Labour government

By Robert Stevens, 11 June 2019

Moves to remove Corbyn from the political scene before he is ever allowed to take power are being actively discussed.

East London fire guts six-storey residential block on eve of Grenfell Tower inferno’s second anniversary

By Daniel O’Flynne, 11 June 2019

The Barking fire confirms the failure of the Conservative government, Labour-controlled authorities and private corporations to end the threat from substandard accommodation and the gutting of fire-safety regulations.

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10 June 2019

Greens make gains in Ireland’s European and local elections

By Dermot Byrne, 10 June 2019

Irish results in the European elections showed setbacks for Sinn Fein and the pseudo-left groups.

Ford to close Bridgend engine plant in Wales, eliminating 1,700 jobs

By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2019

Workers at the plant were given no notice. They were sent home Thursday after receiving a letter saying they will lose their jobs in phases by September 25, 2020.

Despite decline in vote

Far-right Alternative for Germany wins European election in eastern Germany

By Martin Nowak, 8 June 2019

Voters in eastern Germany showed their strong opposition to the established political parties in the European elections held May 26.

Students at Dresden School of Art protest against the far-right AfD

By Martin Nowak, 8 June 2019

The trigger for the protests was the candidacy of library director Barbara Lenk for the AfD in a local election

Free Reis Morris! Grenfell Tower campaigner imprisoned while those guilty of social murder walk free

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 June 2019

Morris’s jailing is a vicious act of class justice aimed at suppressing opposition and protecting those responsible for 72 deaths in the Grenfell Tower inferno two years ago.

WikiLeaks warns US Justice Department preparing more charges against Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 June 2019

The threat of new charges against the persecuted journalist, already facing 170 years in prison, comes amid fresh fears about his health after his father reported a “short notice” medical appointment.

Austrian ruling class closes ranks following collapse of government

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 7 June 2019

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in a “government of experts” Monday to run government affairs until new parliamentary elections planned for this autumn.

Attend June 9 public meeting in Cambridge: UK Sociologist Noah Carl and the rise of the far right

7 June 2019

The meeting will discuss the issues raised by events at Cambridge University, providing a rebuttal of the claims made by Carl’s defenders and proposing a socialist perspective with which to take on the right-wing ideologues.

French Nutella workers strike, Tram and metro workers’ stoppage in Greek capital

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 June 2019

Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government’s attacks on public transportation.