By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2017
As well as facing delays in receiving the Universal Credit payments, many of those on the benefit face punitive “sanctions” aimed at cutting the pittance they receive even further.
By Julie Hyland, 3 November 2017
The sex scandal engulfing Britain’s parliament sprang to life following that involving American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 2 November 2017
The attempt by Madrid and the EU to impose a dictatorial regime, whether or not this is sanctioned by imposed elections, must be opposed by the entire Spanish and Catalan working class.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2017
Ten days after the Austrian parliamentary elections, the conservative Austrian People’s Party has begun negotiations to form government with the far-right Freedom Party.
By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017
The auction in London met up with the feeling of solidarity that many people have with those devastated by the fire.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 28 October 2017
The Senate vote marks a historic collapse of democratic forms of rule in Western Europe and a return to authoritarianism, posing an urgent threat to the working class.
By Alejandro López, 28 October 2017
The Catalan regional parliament on Friday voted a resolution for independence from Spain and the start of a “constituent process” to draft a new constitution.
By Ajanta Silva, 28 October 2017
214 out of 224 acute hospitals operated without an adequate level of nursing staff during day shifts last October, while 85 percent of them did not have proper staff levels on night shifts.
By Ross Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 27 October 2017
Many working class people will be forced out of a borough where 48 percent of households have either no savings or are in debt.
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.
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.
By Dennis Moore, 23 October 2017
Job losses at Vauxhall and BAE Systems are among thousands of cuts across the UK as the economy stagnates.
By Alex Lantier, 21 October 2017
EU heads of state applauded Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy’s moves to impose dictatorial rule in Catalonia because they are preparing similar attacks on the working class across Europe.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 October 2017
The Spanish Socialist Party is working closely with Spain’s right-wing government to extra-legally oust the current regional government in Catalonia.
By Derek Bell, 21 October 2017
Mark Rutte of the VVD remains prime minister, but in coalition with three other right-wing parties rather than the Social Democrats, whose vote collapsed.
By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017
London has 32 boroughs, of which just 21 answered a survey on the cost of planned remedial safety work.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2017
The statement of Tsipras that he shares “common values” with Trump exposes not only Syriza, but all of the middle-class “left” parties internationally that promoted it.
By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017
Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 October 2017
The ability of far-right parties to obtain a broader hearing for anti-immigrant and racist policies is the result of the absence of any progressive outlet for social discontent within the political establishment.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 10 October 2017
Rudd’s initial focus is on clamping down on opposition to British imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, but this will inevitably be extended to cover all anti-war sentiment and commentary.
By Alejandro López, 7 October 2017
Spain’s political establishment is openly talking of invoking Article 116 of the Spanish constitution, laying the basis for the imposition of martial law.
By Robert Stevens, 7 October 2017
Theresa May only remains in place to keep the party together and avoid an eruption of unrestrained factional warfare.
By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2017
The European Union is supporting Madrid's plans for a bloody military-police intervention in Catalonia and to impose a state of emergency across Spain.
By Alejandro López, 6 October 2017
Voices in the Spanish press are calling for imposing various states of emergency that would suspend basic democratic rights and hand power to the army.
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.
By Dennis Moore, 6 October 2017
Many of the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell fire suffered mental health problems following that terrible event.
By Paul Mitchell, 5 October 2017
The Ministry of Defense has dispatched army units to support the Civil Guard and national police in a possible further crackdown on the Catalonian population.
After Madrid’s violent crackdown:
By Keith Jones, 5 October 2017
A struggle to rally workers and youth to an internationalist orientation can only be waged in uncompromising opposition to the violence unleashed by the Madrid government.
By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2017
Despite the “socialist” rhetoric they may spout, the pseudo-left and Stalinist groups are all in fundamental agreement with McDonnell—the job at hand is to defend capitalism.
By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017
The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.
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.
Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes
By Steve James, 4 October 2017
The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.
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.
By Steve James, 3 October 2017
Monarch is the third major European airline to go under this year.
By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2017
The pseudo-left groups are desperate to conceal the fact that the many local Labour authorities have imposed austerity on behalf of the government for years.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017
Over 20 people, half of whom were local residents, attended the first meeting of the Grenfell Fire Forum last Saturday at the Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington, London.
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.
By Steve James, 30 September 2017
The ruling elite are calling for powers to exclude whole sections of the population from internet use, as and when politically convenient.
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.
By Sven Heymanns, 29 September 2017
The entry of the Alternative for Germany into Germany's parliament last Sunday was cause for great concern, fear and anger for many, both in Germany and beyond.
By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2017
The same parties that are politically responsible for the rise of the AfD are exploiting the right-wing extremists’ electoral success to shift the political climate even further to the right.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2017
For the first time since the fall of the Nazis, a right-wing extremist party is entering Germany’s national parliament.
By Anthony Torres and Kumaran Ira, 25 September 2017
On Saturday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France movement held its national rally in the Place de la République in Paris.
By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2017
Phrases about “peace,” “human rights” and “global justice” are rhetorical window-dressing for Germany’s renewed turn to imperialist “Realpolitik.”
By Anthony Torres, 23 September 2017
Showing contempt for mass popular opposition and growing strikes and protests, France’s president signed decrees destroying the country’s Labor Code yesterday.
By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2017
The British government’s position paper on the terms of its exit from the EU stresses the UK’s role as the second military power in NATO, to underline the implicit threat that it will withdraw military and defence co-operation with the bloc.
By Johannes Stern, 22 September 2017
Burma’s notorious army chief Min Aung Hlaing was welcomed with military honours to Berlin in April.
By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2017
Just days before the federal election, a leading member of the far-right Alternative for Germany has called for Germany's Nazi past to be seen in a positive light.
The war danger and the significance of the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany
the Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 21 September 2017
The incoming government’s policies have long been decided: an unprecedented intensification of militarism, the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus and social cuts.
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 19 September 2017
The unions, whose strike calls are carefully prepared beforehand with the government, are terrified of being outflanked on their left by an eruption of workers’ struggles.
By our reporters, 19 September 2017
Inquiry Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick claimed that he was “impartial” and had therefore rejected submissions to appoint a local resident to act as an assessor.
By Dennis Moore, 19 September 2017
The government’s overall agenda, dressed up as welfare “reform,” is underpinned by slashing welfare spending and encouraging people to move from benefits into work.
By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 18 September 2017
In the name of opposing “extremism,” the May government is preparing a drastic curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties.
By Paul Armstrong, 18 September 2017
In the aftermath of the Lakanal House fire, the Labour-controlled council promised £62 million for improved fire safety and maintenance, but residents are still living in death traps.
By our reporter, 18 September 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2017
It is evident that, despite the attention to detail in the case of the five accused, the aim of the NSU trial was to conceal the role played by the secret services.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 September 2017
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung warned the Polish government that its western border would no longer be recognised if it continues to insist upon reparations.
By Kumaran Ira, 16 September 2017
The French government has already stressed that it has no intention of modifying its position, despite growing opposition in the working class.
By Paul Armstrong, 16 September 2017
Recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the Lakanal House tower block fire, handed down in 2013, were ignored by the Conservative government, local council authorities and the London Fire Brigade.
the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 15 September 2017
The refusal of Sir Martin Moore-Bick to answer questions at the official opening of the government inquiry into the Grenfell Tower inferno epitomises the class arrogance and indifference of the powers-that-be towards working people.
By Alex Lantier and Anthony Torres, 13 September 2017
The demonstrations point to the mounting opposition among French workers and youth to the government’s plans to carry out a social counterrevolution by executive fiat.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2017
The former Labour prime minister called for EU nationals without work in the UK to be barred from renting homes, opening bank accounts and receiving health care.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 September 2017
The military build-up has not featured in the election campaign because all parties agree that it must be massively expanded after the election.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2017
The media and political parties have long sought to keep the issues of war and militarism out of the election campaign, but reality is now catching up with them.
By Robert Stevens, 9 September 2017
The inquiry has no intention of achieving real justice for the victims of Grenfell—nor remedying the dangers faced by thousands of other tenants across the country.
By Nick Beams, 9 September 2017
The class agenda of the ECB emerged when president Mario Draghi called for the further elimination of job protection as he backed reforms by the Macron presidency in France.
No answers to attacks on public health care
By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 8 September 2017
The “Summer of Action” was largely restricted to appeals to MPs and photo opportunities for RCN bureaucrats and union officials making occasional media appearances.
By Steve James, 7 September 2017
Four soldiers in the British Army were arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as members of the outlawed fascist group National Action.
By our reporters, 6 September 2017
“As long as the rich people, special interests and the establishment are ruling, then there will always be a cover-up.”
By Peter Schwarz, 6 September 2017
Like Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz in Sunday’s television debate, representatives of the smaller parties advocated a massive build-up of the domestic state apparatus.
By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2017
Merkel and Schulz agreed on virtually every issue and appealed for a crackdown on refugees, more police, and a more aggressive German and European foreign policy.
By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2017
The European Union insists there can be no progress to discussion on future relations without Britain settling its “divorce” bill first.
By Laura Tiernan, 4 September 2017
Theresa May’s Tory government, like the Cameron government before it, has relied on local Labour councils to slash millions of pounds from public spending.
By Sven Heymanns, 30 August 2017
Despite the serious nature of the allegations, the prosecutor's office has failed to issue a warrant for the arrest of the two accused.
By Ross Mitchell, 30 August 2017
The Caterpillar plant in Gosselies was the biggest industrial site in Wallonia, Belgium’s southern, primarily French-speaking region.
By Francis Dubois, 22 August 2017
The incidents at Aulnay-sous-Bois point to growing tensions between police and the population of the estate where police sexually assaulted a youth in February.
By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2017
The same German media outlets and politicians who denounce Donald Trump for his support for the extreme right defend academic Jorg Baberowski for making even more egregious statements.
Speech given by Thomas Scripps at Socialist Equality Party public meeting
22 August 2017
Scripps: “It is politically vital to establish why this one event is a crime perpetrated by capitalism against the working class…and to explain why we have declared Grenfell to be an act of social murder.”
By Katerina Selin, 21 August 2017
Around 1,500 demonstrators blocked a march of 700 neo-Nazis who planned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, on Saturday.
By our reporter, 21 August 2017
To ensure that all felt free to speak, the SEP had denied a request from Sky News to film proceedings and told police officers who inquired that they were not welcome.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2017
Adopting many slogans of the extreme right, Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor Martin Schulz is calling for more police and a crackdown on immigrants.
By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2017
The sanctimonious outrage of German politicians and media outlets over the Charlottesville events cannot conceal their responsibility for the rehabilitation of right-wing extremist ideology and its violent consequences.
“The night our eyes changed”
By Paul Bond, 16 August 2017
Music mogul Simon Cowell brought together high-profile figures for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but a far more powerful and politically interesting response has come from local artists.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 August 2017
Following the adoption of new sanctions against Russia by both chambers of the US congress, Brigitte Zypries threatened that Europe may take counter-measures.
By our reporters, 31 July 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to local residents in London’s Ladbroke Grove on Saturday about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By Justus Leicht, 31 July 2017
The blood of the victims in Hamburg and Konstanz has barely had time to dry and the background to both attacks remains unclear, but politicians from all of the major parties are already seeking to outdo each other with right-wing demagogy.
By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2017
The social movement Mélenchon aims to launch would be a nationalist and petty-bourgeois movement hostile to historical truth and the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2017
Despite the investigation being in operation for more than six weeks, not a single person has been arrested or even charged.
By Tom Pearce, 28 July 2017
Despite the widespread use of flammable cladding in schools, only three schools have so far been tested.
By our reporters, 27 July 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.
By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2017
Such consultations are an attempt to bestow much needed legitimacy on the inquiry, which will have no legal powers to prosecute anybody or hold anyone to account.
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2017
It is already clear from the response of the police and Independent Police Complaints Commission that yet another cover-up of the death of a man in police custody is underway.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 July 2017
Anyone believing there is a limit to the SPD’s rightward shift in the federal election campaign was disabused of this notion on Sunday. The party is now openly agitating against refugees.
By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017
Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.
By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2017
The movement Mélenchon aims to build is a nationalist, pro-war movement that would subordinate the working class to the strategic interests of French imperialism.
UK public meetings:
21 July 2017
The Socialist Equality Party urges all workers and youth, including survivors of the Grenfell fire and local residents, to attend our public meetings and discuss the central issues involved in this capitalist crime against the working class.
Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it”
By our reporters, 21 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting.