By Christoph Dreier, 5 July 2014
On Wednesday, German defence minister Ursula Von der Leyen announced to parliament that the army is to be equipped with drones capable of carrying weapons.
By Anthony Torres, 19 June 2014
Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways.
By Dermot Quinn and Jordan Shilton, 19 June 2014
The contest was triggered last month by the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore.
By Robert Stevens, 12 June 2014
The witchhunt began in November when an anonymous letter, now widely accepted to have been a hoax, was sent to the media.
By Tony Robson, 12 June 2014
The recent Healthcare at Home debacle underscores the danger to public health resulting from the privatisation of the UK’s National Health Service.
By Alejandro López, 4 June 2014
The new king Felipe will be crowned on June 18 as Spain faces the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.
By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 29 May 2014
The Spanish government’s response to intensifying social despair and anger is to “cleanse” the Internet.
By Pierre Mabut, 29 May 2014
Stepped-up attacks on immigrants are the Socialist Party government’s response to the victory of the French neo-fascists in last week’s European elections.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 May 2014
The hypocritical, cross-party campaign is being organised by Migration Matters Trust, a coalition of politicians, business representatives and trade unions that calls for a public debate on immigration.
By Pierre Mabut, 8 May 2014
French President Hollande is under increasing pressure from the European Commisssion and the banks to cut wages and create a flexible labour market.
No to war against Russia! No to austerity! Support the ICFI in the European elections!
8 May 2014
By Paul Bond, 8 May 2014
Just hours before the second 72-hour walkout was due to begin, the RMT union announced it had “suspended” the action against job losses on the London Underground.
By Dermott Quinn, 3 May 2014
The government’s 2014 budget aims to slash social spending by €2.5 billion.
By Mark Blackwood, 24 April 2014
The Royal College of General Practitioners warned that general practice care is being destroyed by health care cuts.
By Anthony Torres, 17 April 2014
French intelligence services are collecting all the data of Orange’s customers with no restrictions, oversight, or legal foundation.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 April 2014
SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the first European election meeting, “Our programme has stood the test of time. We ask you not just to vote for us, but to join and help build the SEP.”
By our reporters, 17 April 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to several members of the audience at the SEP European election meeting in the North West England constituency.
By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2014
The German government is using the mounting conflict between NATO and Russia to massively rearm the army.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 April 2014
The appointment of Manuel Valls as France’s prime minister on a pro-austerity, law-and-order platform exemplifies the rightward shift in European politics.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 April 2014
Socialist Party officials called for shock therapy against the working class as ministers of the new cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls were named.
By Alejandro López, 13 March 2014
As the result of a new Spanish law, dozens of investigations will be dropped into crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and torture.
By Julie Hyland, 4 March 2014
The German chancellor allotted just six hours to her visit, stopping off on the way back to Berlin from Israel, where she had spent two days with her entire cabinet.
By Konrad Kreft, 1 March 2014
After President Obama’s promise not to listen in on Angela Merkel’s phone calls, the NSA has stepped up its operations against everybody she speaks to.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 February 2014
The scandal surrounding German deputy Sebastian Edathy is linked to his previous criticism of German intelligence agencies.
By Zach Reed, 14 February 2014
Students protesting against the attacks on education have been met with police assaults, arrests and suspension.
By Jo March, 14 February 2014
A brutal inspection regime has been used by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition to force schools to become academies as a step towards privatisation.
As Detroit water department faces threats
By Jean Shaoul, 14 February 2014
The history of the privatization of the water system in Britain 25 years ago exposes the claims that “free enterprise” can improve the functioning of a publicly owned and operated water system.
By Marianne Arens, 11 February 2014
The initiative commits the government to renegotiate the agreement on freedom of movement with the EU within three years.
By Stéphane Hugues, 11 February 2014
PSA is intensifying the exploitation of its work force, relying on speedup and job cuts in Europe while preparing a major production shift towards Asia.
By Pierre Mabut, 11 February 2014
The unions denounce opposition to social cuts from the left as aiding fascism, even as they negotiate austerity measures with the Socialist Party government.
By Steve James, 6 February 2014
Last year there were 700,000 police stops and searches in Scotland.
By Alejandro López, 30 January 2014
With over half of the Spanish people now favouring the abdication of Spanish king Juan Carlos, the legitimacy of a pillar of capitalist rule is crumbling.
By Zach Reed, 10 December 2013
An estimated 31,100 “excess” deaths occurred in Britain last winter—a rise of almost a third.
By Dietmar Henning, 5 December 2013
The IG Metall union has given its clear support to the formation of a grand coalition between the Social Democrats and the conservative parties.
By Phillip Frische, 5 December 2013
Millions of euros are to be cut at several universities, mainly in the states of the former East Germany.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 December 2013
The Conservative-led UK government has sought to extract every ounce of political capital out of the Co-op Bank affair at Labour’s expense.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 29 November 2013
The Left Party fraction in the Duisburg city council supported the budgetary restructuring plan 2014 and the drastic spending cuts bound up with it.
By Dermot Quinn, 26 October 2013
The Irish coalition government’s savage austerity programme is having a devastating impact on pensioners
By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2013
Around 50,000 people protested cuts to the UK’s National Health Service in Manchester Saturday in a march called by the Trades Union Congress.
By Helmut Arens, 19 August 2013
The German rail company Deutsche Bahn has responded to the transportation crisis by further integrating the EVG union into company management.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 July 2013
According to a report in the French daily Le Monde, the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE, spies on “all of our communications”.
By Robert Stevens, 24 June 2013
This week’s spending review by the UK government will slash local authority budgets by a further 10 percent.
By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2012
Local authority councils throughout the UK are planning more than a billion pounds in further cuts to be imposed next year and years beyond.
By Ulrich Rippert, 14 December 2012
Last weekend, a special conference of the Social Democratic Party elected right-winger Peer Steinbrück as its leading candidate for the federal election due next year.
By Julie Hyland, 13 December 2012
The monarchy is the human embodiment of a social order based on wealth, privilege and class oppression.
By Wolfgang Weber, 13 December 2012
At a conference organized by the prominent newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung Cologne law professor Otto Depenheuer advocated the dismantling of democracy in Germany.
By Tony Robson, 13 December 2012
A leaked document exposes how intense lobbying shaped government health policy during a fraudulent public “listening exercise” on the Health and Social Care Bill.
By Dietmar Henning, 12 December 2012
GM-Opel has announced the closure of the plant in Bochum, Germany, by 2016.
By Julie Hyland, 8 December 2012
Chancellor George Osborne has added a further £5 billion cuts targeting welfare to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition’s austerity package of £155 billion.
By Dave Hyland, 7 December 2012
Six by-elections in England have underscored the hostility of broad layers of working people to the bourgeois political setup.
By David Walsh, 7 December 2012
The announcement that Kate Middleton, wife of Britain’s Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a baby has produced unseemly squeals of delight from the American media and establishment generally.
By Cristoph Dreier, 7 December 2012
A class gulf separates workers from the affluent political operators who gathered at the Left Party youth congress in Cologne, Germany and took Greece’s pro-austerity SYRIZA party as a model.
By Julie Hyland, 6 December 2012
The Leveson report on British press standards is a cover-up of the criminality in the political and media establishment and the police that underlies the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal.
By Christoph Dreier, 6 December 2012
There was no mention of socialism at the recent congress of the Left Party student association.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 December 2012
Given the increasing economic and social tensions in Austria, Frank Stronach stridently represents the interests of the financial elite and receives the support of business circles.
By Marianne Arens and Ulrich Rippert, 5 December 2012
The demise of the Frankfurter Rundschau is a consequence of the hardening of its right-wing political line, which alienated its readership.
By Pierre Mabut, 4 December 2012
The Socialist Party (PS) government capitulated to steelmaker ArcelorMittal, putting the 629 jobs at the blast furnaces at Florange in eastern France in the balance.
By Mark Blackwood, 4 December 2012
Saturday’s “We are One NHS” demonstration, jointly organised by the National Health Service unions, including Unite, Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the GMB, was a dispirited affair with an extremely low turnout.
Socialist Equality Party/SouthWest NHS Fightback
By our correspondent, 4 December 2012
The SEP/SouthWest NHS Fightback replies to a Unite union official.
By Christoph Dreier and Peter Schwarz, 3 December 2012
The Left Party is offering to support the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Greens in the formation of a government.
By Bernd Reinhardt, 3 December 2012
The November 14 resignation of Claudia Schmid was the fifth resignation by a secret service chief over the cover-up of state links to the far right in Germany.
By Julie Hyland, 3 December 2012
A new study examines the disastrous impact of current government policy, especially regarding welfare reform.
By Robert Stevens, 1 December 2012
The Leveson inquiry meant to address the criminal practices of the Murdoch media empire has instead produced a cover-up of epic proportions.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 1 December 2012
The Gaullist Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) moved toward a split last week when François Fillon announced the formation of a separate parliamentary group in the National Assembly.
By Ernst Wolff, 30 November 2012
Teachers in Brandenburg staged a protest against the education policies of the state’s administration—a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Left Party.
By Julie Hyland, 30 November 2012
Comet’s 6,600 workers could all be laid off by Christmas and the entire business closed. The UK electrical retailer had 236 stores when it went into administration at the start of the month. Some 1,000 workers have been laid off so far, with 41 stores closed and redundancies at its Hertfordshire HQ and its Somerset call centre.
By Marianne Arens, 29 November 2012
One of the worst such disasters to take place in Germany in years, the fire killed 14 workers.
By Christoph Dreier, 29 November 2012
The program of the Pirate Party includes not only a clear commitment to the market economy, but also the ideological justification for austerity policies.
By Dave Hyland, 29 November 2012
Today’s by-election for the parliamentary seat of Rotherham Central in South Yorkshire is being used to shift official politics further to the right.
By Zach Reed, 29 November 2012
Students marched through London on November 21 in protest against the trebling of tuition fees to £9,000 and cuts to education.
By Mark Blackwood, 28 November 2012
Since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008, there has been a huge expansion in the UK of soup kitchens, known euphemistically as food banks, as a result of growing poverty.
By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2012
The ongoing offensive against the National Health Service (NHS) has led to 28,500 health workers losing their jobs since the Conservative Party/Liberal Democrat coalition came to power in 2010.
By Martin Novak and Peter Schwarz, 26 November 2012
The cynicism of Germany’s ruling class was demonstrated by the German defence minister’s choice of a war memorial church as the venue for delivering militaristic propaganda.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 24 November 2012
The Socialist Party is helping public sector unions Unison and Unite isolate 300 National Health Service clerical and administrative workers employed by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust.
By Michael Regens, 24 November 2012
The German Greens expressly support the European Union and the austerity measures of the Troika, which have led to a social catastrophe in Greece.
By Alex Lantier, 23 November 2012
On November 19, the credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded France’s sovereign debt by one notch from Aaa, the top rating, to Aa1.
By Eric Gold, 23 November 2012
The withdrawal of Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from the South West Pay Consortium is not the victory proclaimed by the unions.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 22 November 2012
On November 13 the French president gave a televised address and interview to some 400 journalists assembled at the Elysée palace.
By K. Nesan, 22 November 2012
On November 8 a leader of the pro-LTTE Tamil Coordinating Committee was assassinated in Paris.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2012
The UMP faces a possible split after a contested vote Sunday for the party presidency and rising tensions over its ties to neo-fascist forces.
By Dietmar Henning, 20 November 2012
On November 8 the German chief federal prosecutor’s office announced charges against the neo-Nazi terrorist Beate Zschäpe.
By Werner Albrecht and Konrad Kreft, 19 November 2012
It has taken the Grünenthal company 50 years to apologise for its role in subjecting thousands of people around the world to the disastrous effects of thalidomide poisoning.
By Pierre Mabut, 17 November 2012
Former French cabinet minister Martine Aubry was charged with manslaughter November 6 in the public health scandal over the use of asbestos by French industry.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 16 November 2012
Siemens’s latest cost-cutting plans show how shareholder profits are boosted by destroying jobs and winding down production.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 November 2012
France’s Stalinists and Greens are issuing criticisms of their ally, the ruling Socialist Party, as it collapses in the polls due to its austerity policies.
By our reporters, 13 November 2012
The closure will throw 4,600 workers at the factory and more than 5,000 employees in related industries out of work.
By Dave Hyland, 13 November 2012
Rotherham Member of Parliament Denis MacShane was forced to resign after a damning report detailed his abuse of parliamentary expenses.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2012
The British government has stripped Mahdi Hashi, a 23-year-old British national who also held Somali nationality, of his UK citizenship.
By Johannes Stern, 10 November 2012
The NPA’s cynical “anti-imperialist” criticisms of Le Monde’s calls for war with Syria show that it shares the pro-war views of figures that the NPA itself calls imperialists.
By our reporter, 10 November 2012
The SEP held a public meeting in Manchester to explain why action committees must be developed to protect health care.
By Anthony Torres, 9 November 2012
On November 6 the CGT's national “parliament” accepted the candidacy of Thierry Lepaon to replace Bernard Thibault at the head of the CGT.
By Simon Whelan, 9 November 2012
Accused hacker Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the United States was halted on the grounds of his fragile mental health and a high suicide risk.
By Richard Duckworth and Paul Stuart, 8 November 2012
Four out of nine A&E departments catering to nearly 2 million people in northwest London face closure as part of £20 billion in cuts to the NHS.
By Dave Hyland, 8 November 2012
Rotherham in South Yorkshire was the scene of a provocation by police and fascists for the second time in a month.
By Francis Dubois, 8 November 2012
Statements by intelligence officials in Toulouse raise new questions about the French government’s responsibility in killings committed by Mohamed Merah.
By Dave Hyland, 8 November 2012
This is the second of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Luncha’s Andy Durgan.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 November 2012
The Socialist Party (PS) government of President François Hollande announced tens of billions of new budget cuts yesterday.
By Dave Hyland, 7 November 2012
This is the first of a three-part article on the distortions of the lessons of Spanish history by En Lucha’s Andy Durgan.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 6 November 2012
The new Dutch coalition is based on a harsh austerity programme of €15 billion in cuts.
By Jerome Stern and Paul Bond, 6 November 2012
London mayor Boris Johnson announced last month that the London Fire and Rescue Service must save £65 million over the next two years.