Germany

Network meeting of action committees for safe education discusses Europe-wide school strike

By Our reporters, 28 January 2021

The online meeting in Germany adopted a powerful resolution against the return to workplaces, schools and day-care centres under conditions of a widening pandemic.

For a European-wide strike against school openings!

Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 28 January 2021

This statement was adopted by a meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education.

Massive coronavirus outbreak at Airbus plant in Hamburg, Germany

By Gustav Kemper and Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 January 2021

Five hundred workers at the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder are quarantining after 21 of their colleagues were infected with COVID-19. The IG Metall trade union and its works council representatives refuse to take any responsibility for the health of the work f orce.

Coronavirus death toll in Germany reaches 50,000

By Marianne Arens, 25 January 2021

A year of the coronavirus pandemic, in Germany and globally, has shown that curbing the virus cannot be left to the capitalist governments.

Ford Motors to cut another 800 jobs in Germany

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 23 January 2021

IG Metall and its works councils have been implementing cutbacks for years.

999 Germany: Ford Motors to cut another 800 jobs

23 January 2021

Ferdinand von Schirach’s Enemies: German public television puts police torture up for consideration

By Justus Leicht, 22 January 2021

The German public television network ARD began the new year with a controversial programme examining the value of police using torture to compel suspects to confess.

German federal and state governments reject consistent lockdown measures

By Marianne Arens, 21 January 2021

“Profits before lives” is the unspoken motto of the establishment parties at every level.

Germany’s Christian Democrats choose new leader

By Johannes Stern, 20 January 2021

Laschet’s narrow victory over Merz, who enjoyed the support of the openly right-wing section of the party, which has close ties to the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany, has nothing to do with a rejection of his views.

Neo-Nazi arms networks spreading across Europe

By Anthony Torres, 20 January 2021

In the weeks before and since Donald Trump’s January 6 fascist coup attempt in Washington, neo-Nazi circles were trafficking large quantities of weapons in Europe.

Political and media campaign scapegoats nurses in Germany

By Gregor Link, 19 January 2021

Hardly a day goes by without major newspapers publishing condescending comments questioning the “willingness of nurses to be vaccinated” or leading politicians launching media attacks against them.

Massive rise in unemployment in Germany during the pandemic

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 January 2021

The German employment agency published the official unemployment figures for December 2020, reporting an increase to 2.7 million unemployed, 480,000 more than in the same month last year.

After COVID-19 kills tram driver in Berlin, transit workers in Germany demand more security

By Andy Niklaus, 18 January 2021

Every day, the 15,000 employees of the Berlin transport association BVG and tens of thousands of passengers risk infection with the coronavirus.

Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike

By Our reporters, 16 January 2021

In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.

Germany records highest daily coronavirus death toll as fatalities double in just one month

By Marianne Arens, 15 January 2021

While the federal and state governments claim that a tougher lockdown came into force on January 11, all of industry, offices, most schools, childcare facilities and public transport are operating as usual.

How Germany’s Left Party promotes herd immunity

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2021

As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party’s only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.

After Trump’s coup attempt: German politicians call for massive military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2021

While the ruling class in Germany reacts with a mixture of shock, nervousness and aggression to the fascist coup attempt in the US, all the establishment parties are intensifying their great power offensive.

Berlin, Germany transport worker dies of COVID-19

By Andy Niklaus, 13 January 2021

The Berlin Transport Company’s pandemic policy, which endangers the lives and health of workers, is supported by the Berlin Senate consisting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party.

German hospital group terminates nurse after criticism of situation in ICUs

By Markus Salzmann, 13 January 2021

As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.

Massive protest in Berlin against plans to reopen schools

By Markus Salzmann, 12 January 2021

Despite widespread opposition and clear scientific evidence that schools are a major driver of the pandemic, the Berlin state legislature of the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party is sticking to the herd immunity policy in the interests of big business.

German schools and day-care centres to reopen despite record death rates and new infections

By Gregor Link, 11 January 2021

Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany’s federal states have decided on a “resumption of face-to-face teaching” as soon as possible.

Germany leads Europe in daily coronavirus deaths

By Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2021

Germany currently has the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Europe.

999 Germany heads Europe’s daily Corona death toll

8 January 2021

New year begins with record COVID-19 deaths in Germany

By Martin Nowak, 7 January 2021

The beginning of the year in Germany was characterised by overcrowded crematoria, hospitals on the brink of collapse and mass death.

German teachers’ union backs in-person learning as COVID-19 deaths soar

By Martin Nowak and Christoph Vandreier, 7 January 2021

In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany’s trade unions.

Germany’s federal and state governments keep workplaces open despite surging COVID deaths

By Marianne Arens, 6 January 2021

Government officials are ignoring the recommendations of scientists and risking an intensification of the pandemic.

My Little Sister: Two siblings clinging together

By Bernd Reinhardt, 5 January 2021

Can love between siblings survive when a brother falls ill and needs care, while his sister enjoys life as one of society’s affluent? This is the question posed by the Swiss film My Little Sister.

German cultural institutions oppose government’s anti–BDS resolution aimed at quashing criticism of Israel

By Sybille Fuchs, 4 January 2021

On December 9, 30 German cultural institutions issued a statement opposing a resolution passed by the Bundestag seeking to silence the BDS movement.

Opening of schools in Germany based on deliberate lies and deception

By Gregor Link, 4 January 2021

The criminality with which the campaign to open schools has been conducted was recently demonstrated by the deliberate suppression of a study from Hamburg showing massive outbreaks were taking place within schools in Germany.

Coronavirus deaths reach record high in Germany as hospitals teeter on brink of collapse

By Marianne Arens, 31 December 2020

Nurses in Hamburg went public to speak about working conditions shortly before Christmas.

Germany’s DAX stock index feasts upon mass death

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2020

Amid the pandemic, the stock market bonanza means the super-rich have further increased their already astronomical fortunes.

Emergency meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education

German high school student: “If we don’t close the schools, no one will!”

German high school student: “If we don’t close the schools, no one will!”

By Gregor Link, 30 December 2020

Faced with death tolls unseen in Europe since World War II, the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday to advance the fight for school closures and discuss prospects for a general strike against the politics of mass infection with the coronavirus.

A deadly Christmas in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 29 December 2020

The crocodile tears shed by Steinmeier in his Christmas address cannot disguise the fact the ruling class is responsible for the greatest mass deaths since the end of World War II.

A young Berlin teacher dies from coronavirus: An indictment of the city’s pandemic policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 December 2020

The death of a young teacher in Berlin following a coronavirus infection confirms the criminal nature of the official policy of keeping open businesses and schools.

Germany: Coronavirus outbreaks turn Berlin elderly care homes into death traps

By Katerina Selin, 24 December 2020

In the German capital, which is governed by the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party, care homes are turned into death traps for the elderly and staff.

Deadliest week in Germany since COVID-19 pandemic began

By Gregor Link, 24 December 2020

Last week was by far the worst in the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, with officially 175,314 infections and over 4,300 deaths (against 3,050 the previous week). Across Europe, the death toll exceeded the catastrophic half-million mark on Tuesday.

At Daimler, German trade union leader calls for job cuts and increased profits

By Ludwig Weller, 23 December 2020

The big corporations and unions in the auto, supply, steel, engineering, chemical and other industries are using the Corona crisis to shed workers, intensify exploitation and prepare for trade war and all-out war.

Right-wing extremist sentenced to life imprisonment for attack on synagogue in Halle, Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2020

Stephan Balliet attempted on October 9, 2019, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, to kill more than 50 people in the synagogue in Halle.

Massive new coronavirus outbreaks at Amazon in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2020

Several hundred workers of the shipping giant Amazon have been infected in the last few days.

Berlin teacher dies following COVID-19 infection

By Markus Salzmann, 22 December 2020

The death of Soydan A., a young teacher who taught at a community school in Berlin-Kreuzberg, is due to the reckless school opening policy amid a pandemic that has been spreading rapidly for months.

Germany: Coronavirus pandemic exacerbates social inequality

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 21 December 2020

An Economic and Social Science Institute (WSI) report by the trade union-sponsored Hans Böckler Foundation sheds light on the income losses workers have suffered in recent months.

Trade union, works council and CEO impose cost-cutting programme on Volkswagen workforce in Germany

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 December 2020

Representatives of the owners and trade unions at Volkswagen unanimously agreed last week to launch an initiative to take on US manufacturer Tesla. The burden of this is to be borne by the workforce—at VW itself and in the parts supplier chain.

More than 30,000 daily infections in Germany and war-like conditions in hospitals

By Gregor Link, 19 December 2020

Conditions at German hospitals resemble those in a war. One doctor told the press that several times in the past few days “we had to decide who gets oxygen and who doesn’t.”

German government increases military spending, cuts education and health care

By Johannes Stern, 17 December 2020

The entire budget debate underscored that the ruling class sees the pandemic primarily as an opportunity to advance its policies of militarism, repression and social austerity.

Almost 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths in Germany: The criminal outcome of keeping businesses and schools open

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2020

Despite the horrific number of deaths, all parties in the German parliament continue to put profit before lives and health.

Largest US overseas base placed on missile alert amid nuclear war warnings

By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2020

Sirens and loudspeakers at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the center of the largest US overseas military complex in the world, sounded the alarm for an incoming missile strike.

Germany’s “hard lockdown” protects corporations at expense of lives

By Gregor Link, 16 December 2020

Large factories can remain open without exception even if they produce nonessential goods; parents who do not get time off from work will still be able to send their children to school.

IG Metall responds to planned closure of Daimler plant in Berlin: “The main thing is that we’re sitting at the table”

By Peter Schwarz, 15 December 2020

Production came to a standstill last week when several hundred of the 2,500 employees protested against the threatened plant shutdown.

Open schools and businesses in Germany are leading to record infections and mass death

By Marianne Arens, 14 December 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the second consecutive daily record of the pandemic on Friday, with almost 30,000 new infections registered in 24 hours and almost 600 COVID-19 patients dying again in one day.

School students in Germany protest and enforce online teaching to combat coronavirus infection

By Gregor Link, 14 December 2020

“With our pupils’ strike, we have achieved more protection against infection with a few hours of preparation than all of the measures taken by Bremen’s politicians in recent months.”

Europe’s COVID-19 deaths approach half a million

By Johannes Stern, 11 December 2020

Two weeks before Christmas, the COVID-19 pandemic is raging out of control in Europe.

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11 December 2020

Germany’s Christian Democrats close ranks with the far-right Alternative for Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2020

Nine months before the next federal election, the CDU is cozying up to the AfD. This is the issue at the heart of the government crisis in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Pupils in Germany resist in-person classes and demand “consistent lockdown”

By Gregor Link, 10 December 2020

The Bremen school strike is part of a growing wave of resistance by students against the herd immunity policies of the European governments.

Coronavirus death toll at record high in Germany: Merkel puts profits ahead of lives

By Johannes Stern, 10 December 2020

While the infection and death figures are exploding, the German chancellor speaks out in favour of keeping schools and factories open.

Lufthansa increases job cuts to almost 50,000

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 December 2020

The cockpit pilots' union, the Independent Flight Attendants Organ, and the service union Verdi are seeking to outbid each other in agreeing to social cuts.

Poverty in Germany reaches a new record high

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 December 2020

More than 13 million people in Germany were afflicted by poverty in 2019, pushing the poverty rate to 15.9 percent, the highest since reunification thirty years ago.

Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank announce new round of job cuts

By Elisabeth Zimmerman, 7 December 2020

At a time when the German DAX index approaches a historic high of over 13,000 points with shareholders swimming in money, tens of thousands of white-collar and blue-collar workers are paying the price for this orgy of enrichment with their jobs and livelihoods.

New coronavirus hotspots at German meatpacking plants and Amazon hubs

By Marianne Arens, 7 December 2020

At least five Amazon employees are among those currently struggling for their lives in an intensive care unit while 172 workers at a large Tönnies slaughterhouse tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Alternative for Germany shifts further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 5 December 2020

The AfD is despised among wide layers of the population and has fallen well below 10 percent support in many opinion polls. Their influence is secured thanks above all to the established parties, and the official “left” in particular.

Growing protests in Germany against lethal policy of opening schools

By Gregor Link, 5 December 2020

The decision by politicians to keep schools, day-care centres and businesses open under unsafe conditions is costing the lives of hundreds of people every day in Germany alone, who die a completely avoidable and agonizing death.

Leipzig University resorts to authoritarian methods to push through meeting with far-right Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 4 December 2020

The meeting was aimed at bolstering the standing of a professor whose playing down of Nazi crimes and xenophobic incitement against foreigners at universities has provoked huge protests throughout Germany.

At Germany’s “Auto Summit,” IG Metall backs major corporations in international trade war

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 4 December 2020

The IG Metall trade union is playing the key role on behalf of  German auto companies in the international trade war.

EU-Turkey tensions mount over Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean

By Hasan Yıldırım, 3 December 2020

The unilateral opening of Varosha or Maraş in northern Cyprus and Ankara’s proposed two-state solution have intensified tensions between the European Union and Turkey.

“So that rifles shoot”: Germany’s Green Party leader Baerbock pleads for massive arms spending and new war missions

By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2020

In advance of next year’s federal elections, the Greens are spearheading the campaign for the return of German militarism.

Engels in the meat grinder

Germany’s Left Party slanders the legacy of Friedrich Engels

By Peter Schwarz, 2 December 2020

The attempt to cut this theoretical giant down to the size of the political needs of the Left Party assumed truly grotesque dimensions.

Resolution in Germany: “Close schools and day-care centres and organize safe education!”

By Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 1 December 2020

The following statement was adopted by the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education at its meeting last Friday.

Meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education

In Germany, dozens of students, parents and teacher representatives call for school strikes and safe education

By Our reporters, 1 December 2020

On Friday evening, the network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany held its largest online meeting to date.

Despite strikes and protests over coronavirus, schools and day-care centres remain open in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2020

Last week’s Coronavirus Summit, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the 16 heads of the state governments, demonstrated one thing: businesses, schools and day-care centres are to be kept open no matter what.

German Green Party sets course for government based on promoting militarism and war

By Jan Ritter and Max Linhof, 30 November 2020

The party made clear that a future Green federal government and/or Green chancellor would continue and expand the right-wing militaristic policies espoused by the current CDU-SPD grand coalition.

Interior Minister in German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania forced to resign over ties to neo-Nazi network

By Gregor Link, 25 November 2020

Research from the TAZ daily and Der Spiegel magazine revealed in the days leading up to his resignation that Caffier bought a Glock handgun in early 2018 from the right-wing extremist Frank T.–allegedly so he could go hunting.

999 Nearly seven million German adults are heavily indebted

24 November 2020

Strikes and protests across Germany against regular school operations

By Gregor Link and Philipp Frisch, 24 November 2020

Faced with mass infections at schools and a cover-up by the federal and state governments, students throughout Germany are beginning to take the protection of their health and that of their families into their own hands.

Backed by the union, Mercedes plans to close its oldest factory in Berlin

By Ludwig Weller, 23 November 2020

For many decades, every corporate decision affecting the workforce made at Marienfelde and all other Mercedes factories has been discussed beforehand with the works councils, which then develop strategies for their implementation.

Stop the rearming of Germany’s air force, army, and navy!

By Johannes Stern, 21 November 2020

Six years after the federal government declared the end of military restraint at the 2014 Munich Security Conference, the largest rearmament programme since the Second World War is being implemented, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp destroys another 5,000 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 November 2020

The IG Metall union has already agreed to a cut of 6,000 jobs, meaning that some 11,000 workers now face the scrap heap.

999 Stop the armament of the German Air Force, Navy and Army!

20 November 2020

Germany’s schools remain open despite a massive second wave of COVID-19

By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2020

Governments at the national and state levels are keeping schools and day care centres open, ensuring that the pandemic will continue to explode, pushing up death rates.

German unions offer Lufthansa up to 50 percent compensation reduction

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 November 2020

According to their own statements, the unons are offering the Lufthansa board of directors a 1.2 billion euro cut in the income of union members.

German federal government demands faster destruction of Lufthansa jobs

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 November 2020

Lufthansa is to be made more competitive in relation to other European airlines and prepared for a worldwide trade war.

German artists, cultural institutions fight for survival in COVID-19 crisis

By Stefan Steinberg, 17 November 2020

German artists and cultural institutions fear bankruptcy and destitution as the coronavirus crisis deepens and the government refuses to allocate adequate funding.

Sixty-five years of the Bundeswehr: German president appeals for militarism, rearmament and war

By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2020

Steinmeier’s claim that the Bundeswher has nothing to do with “the unwholesome role of German militarism” and the criminal record of the Wehrmacht is just as dishonest today as it was 65 years ago.

Coronavirus spreads throughout Germany’s schools and businesses

By Gregor Link, 16 November 2020

The federal and state governments are responsible for a situation in which the virus is running out of control nationwide.

Herd immunity policy in German schools leads to explosion of coronavirus infections

By Marianne Arens, 14 November 2020

Even the prospect of a breakthrough regarding a COVID-19 vaccine does not impel capitalist politicians to pursue a sensible, safe pandemic policy.

Neo-Nazis march in Germany on anniversary of anti-Jewish November Pogroms

By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2020

On the night of November 9–10, 1938, Nazis across Germany torched synagogues, looted Jewish businesses, murdered hundreds of Jews and sent tens of thousands more to concentration camps.

Far-right demonstration in Leipzig, Germany, supported by judiciary, police and government

By Peter Schwarz, 12 November 2020

Police in Leipzig not only permitted far-right demonstrators to run riot in the city, but they also actively supported them.

German schools become coronavirus hotspots: 300,000 students in quarantine

By Gregor Link and Markus Salzmann, 12 November 2020

Although studies show that the closure of schools, day-care centres and non-essential businesses effectively slow down the increase of infections, governments in Germany and Europe generally reject such closures.

Coronavirus infections in Germany hit a new record

By Markus Salzmann, 10 November 2020

The situation is particularly tense in the capital. For the first time, Berlin is registering more than 15,000 active coronavirus cases.

German public service union ensures smooth operation of public transport despite resurgence of coronavirus pandemic

By Andy Niklaus, 9 November 2020

Last week, Verdi dropped its demand for a uniform nationwide contract and signed separate agreements in two German states.

In face of rising coronavirus infections, teachers, students, and parents express support for European-wide school strike

By Gregor Link, 7 November 2020

From a scientific standpoint, it has long been shown that schools and kindergartens are breeding grounds for the coronavirus.

German political establishment demands foreign policy “sovereignty” after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 5 November 2020

Representatives of all parties are demanding a more aggressive foreign and military policy that is more independent of the United States.

German teachers, students and parents oppose keeping schools open as pandemic spreads

By Gregor Link, 5 November 2020

As new COVID-19 cases explode due to the German government’s deliberate policy of mass infection, strong opposition to keeping schools open is growing.

Pianist Igor Levit joins rally against far-right Alternative for Germany in Potsdam

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 November 2020

Only days after several German newspapers published vicious denunciations of Igor Levit, the world renowned pianist participated in a rally against the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Potsdam.

Right-wing propagandists in Germany promote “herd immunity”

By Gregor Link, 2 November 2020

The deadly policies of the German government, sending workers back into workplaces and pupils into schools in the midst of the pandemic, are accompanied by a reactionary propaganda campaign by politicians and the media.

The relaunch of the WSWS and the fight against fascism

By Johannes Stern, 30 October 2020

As in the 1930s, the great challenge is to provide the mass of the working population with a clear program and perspective.

Germany: Public service workers up in arms against Verdi contract

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 30 October 2020

While politicians from all main political parties and union officials spread the fairy tale that the contract deal reached last weekend represents a victory for public service workers, those affected, however, are outraged.

Priceless artefacts vandalised in Berlin museums

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 October 2020

While the police investigate “in all directions,” there is considerable evidence to indicate the involvement of far-right forces in the attacks.

Germany’s Verdi union stabs public sector workers in the back

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29 October 2020

The deal struck by Verdi is scandalous, involving a minimal increase from the provocative initial offer made by the employers.

999 Verdi union stabs public service employees in the back

28 October 2020

Far right attacks scientists as coronavirus infections explode in Germany

By Gregor Link, 28 October 2020

On Saturday night, the Robert Koch Institute was the target of an arson attack. According to the police, unknown assailants attacked an institute building in Tempelhof-Schöneberg with several flammable objects.