Germany

Munich tram drivers speak out on dangerous conditions during coronavirus pandemic

By our reporters, 16 April 2020

Reports from two tram drivers illustrate the irresponsible actions of the MVG management putting workers at increased risk of infection and death.

German National Academy of Sciences demands reopening of primary schools

By Peter Schwarz, 15 April 2020

The call for human life to be weighed against economic value runs through the statement from start to finish.

Germany: Hesse politicians and employers expose workers to risk of COVID-19 infection

By Marianne Arens, 15 April 2020

Refuse workers report how they are given no protection and are expected to travel home in their dirty overalls.

German airline Lufthansa receives multibillion-euro bailout, prepares to cut 18,000 jobs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 14 April 2020

Europe’s largest airline, is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to implement long-planned attacks on their workforces.

No work without protection! Berlin transport worker issues appeal for independent workers committees

By Andy Niklaus, 14 April 2020

A serious fight against the coronavirus pandemic must focus on the interests of the broad masses of the population, not the profits of the wealthy few.

COVID-19 deaths surpass 76,000 in Europe as Spanish government sends millions back to work

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020

More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.

“If we stop working, nothing will move here anymore!”

German nurses, carers, transport and delivery workers raise their voices

By Ulrich Rippert, 13 April 2020

It is the workers, not the capitalists, who are essential to social life.

European governments plot return to work in midst of pandemic

By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020

As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.

German hospitals become COVID-19 hotspots for health care workers

By Markus Salzmann, 11 April 2020

According to the Robert Koch Institute, more than 2,300 doctors and nurses have been infected with coronavirus in Germany.

Europe’s investors celebrate stock market rally as thousands die of COVID-19

By Jordan Shilton, 10 April 2020

While over 4,100 people died of COVID-19 yesterday, stock markets finished the week with huge gains as the ruling elite’s plan to force workers back to work emerges.

Deaths from COVID-19 mount in German elderly care homes

By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2020

The large number of deaths stems from the failure to implement timely countermeasures or follow them, a shortage of staff, overworked personnel and the absence of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Germany: Weighing economic interests vs. human life in the coronavirus pandemic

By Peter Schwarz, 9 April 2020

The German media are again openly discussing how much a human life is worth and how many lives should be sacrificed to the interests of the economy.

German government expands war operations despite coronavirus pandemic

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2020

The dramatic spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has done nothing to change German war policy. The ruling class is utilising the crisis in order to push forward its foreign policy offensive.

German police claim latest racist rampage was not the work of a far-right extremist

By Marianne Arens, 7 April 2020

After investigating the gruesome, racially motivated murder rampage in Hanau, German police concluded there was no indication that it was the act of a far-right extremist.

As Europe’s COVID-19 death toll nears 50,000, British PM Johnson admitted to hospital

By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2020

There is mounting evidence that fatalities are much higher when deaths outside hospitals are factored in.

Doctors in Germany will soon have to decide on life and death

By Peter Schwarz, 6 April 2020

Seven professional societies have adopted a paper with recommendations laying down which patients will be treated, and which must die if intensive care capacity is exceeded.

No to the domestic deployment of the German army!

By Johannes Stern, 6 April 2020

The German army's so-called “Coronavirus operation” is the largest military operation in country’s post-war history.

Unemployment surges in Europe amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2020

The catastrophe now unfolding in Europe is rooted not in the biological properties of the coronavirus, but in the political bankruptcy of European capitalism.

Mounting opposition among German health care, industrial workers

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 April 2020

The German government has implemented a bailout program for major companies and banks, but health care and industrial workers are forced to work under catastrophic conditions.

Coronavirus crisis: Hunger and malnutrition spread in Germany

By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 4 April 2020

Research indicates some 13 million people in Germany are living in poverty or confront hunger, malnutrition and social misery due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany marked an increase in violent attacks on refugees in 2019

By Isabel Roy, 3 April 2020

The Left Party has been instrumental, along with the country’s other political parties, in creating a hostile climate and the corresponding explosion of violence against refugees and immigrants.

Hospital closures continue in Germany despite COVID-19 pandemic

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 April 2020

Although every hospital bed in Germany is needed because of the coronavirus pandemic, many hospitals are facing closure, especially in more rural areas.

One hundred years since Germany’s Kapp Putsch

How the Social Democratic Party supported the far-right

By Peter Schwarz, 2 April 2020

The Kapp Putsch is of burning contemporary relevance at a time when Germany’s bourgeoisie is once again turning to militarism, a right-wing extremist party is represented in the federal parliament and all state parliaments, and far-right terrorist networks operate unhindered within the state apparatus and the army.

German government preparing major domestic military deployment

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2020

Regardless of how much medical assistance the military ends up providing, its deployment must be understood as a warning.

Germany: The coronavirus pandemic and the destruction of the public health system

By Tino Jacobson and Markus Salzmann, 31 March 2020

Over the last 30 years, the German health care system has been radically damaged as a result of austerity, privatised and its institutions trimmed for profit.

Germany: IG Metall union exploiting COVID-19 crisis to cut more jobs at Thyssenkrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 30 March 2020

The union and its works council representatives have agreed to increased job cuts and are also sending workers onto the production lines, despite heightened health risks, to achieve ever-higher productivity.

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Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps

By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020

The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.

European Union summit on coronavirus ends in acrimony

By Peter Schwarz, 28 March 2020

The 27 European Union heads of government met via video conference on Thursday evening to discuss the coronavirus crisis.

Profits before lives: German parliament passes emergency package for large corporations and the rich

By Johannes Stern, 27 March 2020

All parties in parliament, from the Left Party to the extreme right AfD, are working together to defend capitalism and to shift the burden of the COVID-19 crisis onto the working class.

German investor Dibelius: Big business must take priority over health care

By Peter Schwarz, 26 March 2020

It will only be a matter of days before Dibelius and his ilk will demand that workers who refuse to risk their health by going back to work should be forced to do so.

Germany: IG Metall union agrees an industrial truce with the corporations

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 March 2020

Last week, the IG Metall in North Rhine-Westphalia agreed to a wage freeze, which is to be extended into all areas of the economy.

Death toll over 12,000 in Europe as coronavirus infections escalate

By Thomas Scripps, 25 March 2020

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to “change the trajectory,” but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.

German government’s coronavirus bailout: Billions for the rich, rations for the poor

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2020

It is a continuation of the policy of enriching the wealthy at the expense of the poor that the grand coalition has been pursuing for years.

A tale of two surges: Wall Street soars amid New York City’s coronavirus toll

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2020

As billionaires gorged themselves on the prospect of trillions more being poured into the financial markets, the pandemic was wreaking havoc in America’s largest city.

Germany: Appalling lack of protective equipment in COVID-19 outbreak

By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020

It is still virtually impossible to be tested for the life-threatening virus and there is a lack of protective marks and other urgently needed equipment for health care workers.

German government prepares for internet censorship and deployment of the armed forces

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2020

The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.

Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020

Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.

US imperialism exploits coronavirus as a weapon of war

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2020

The maintenance and tightening of punishing economic sanctions against Iran as it confronts one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus constitutes a US war crime.

German Chancellor Merkel’s address to the nation: A declaration of criminal irresponsibility

By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2020

The central message delivered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her address to the nation Wednesday evening was that the federal government will do nothing to avert a catastrophe for the population.

As coronavirus pandemic grows, anger rises against German companies

By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2020

While the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced that the health risk posed by COVID-19 is “high”, VW announced its production lines would operate until Friday.

Going into lockdown, Europe overtakes China as coronavirus epicenter

By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2020

Europe is set to soon have more coronavirus cases than China and already has seen more deaths: 3,401 people have died in Europe, and 3,226 have died in China.

Merkel’s response to coronavirus: Draconian measures for German population, unlimited loans for corporations

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 March 2020

While coronavirus tests are denied and workers are compelled, in spite of an immediate threat of infection, into the factories, the state is opening the treasury without restrictions to the financial oligarchy.

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

Curveball—Germany’s role in the Iraq war—and the horrors of the concentration camp in Persian Lessons

By Stefan Steinberg, 18 March 2020

Johannes Naber’s film is a political satire rooted firmly in evidence researched by the director and his team. Vadim Perelman’s work follows a man who has to invent an entire language to survive.

Coronavirus crisis in Germany: Workers must demand factories and large enterprises be closed

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 17 March 2020

The shareholders’ profits are of more value than workers’ lives for the managers, the government and also the union officials.

As Europe becomes the new epicenter of pandemic

Trump administration official admits coronavirus could kill millions in US

By Benjamin Mateus, 16 March 2020

The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as more people have died outside China than within it.

Coronavirus could lead to collapse of German healthcare system as early as May

By Marianne Arens, 16 March 2020

The number of people infected in Germany has tripled since Wednesday.

Coronavirus outbreak: The German government was warned of the dangers of a looming pandemic and did nothing

By Gustav Kemper, 16 March 2020

A risk analysis by the Robert Koch Institute eight years ago had already warned that inadequacies in Germany’s health system could mean death for millions when confronted with a novel virus.

German student newspaper “Unauf” defends far-right violence against students

the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 16 March 2020

Following the refusal of Humboldt University management to condemn the physical attack by right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski on a left-wing student, the “independent student newspaper at Humboldt University” has followed suit.

The response of the ruling elite to the coronavirus pandemic: Malign neglect

By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 14 March 2020

Governments around the world are making a deliberate decision to minimize their response to the pandemic, threatening the lives of millions of people.

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A comment by writer and director Andrew Birkin on Speer Goes to Hollywood

13 March 2020

The WSWS has received a letter from writer and director Andrew Birkin in response to its review, posted on March 11, of Speer Goes to Hollywood .

Crypto AG leaks: German and American spy agencies snooped on 120 countries

By Gregor Link, 13 March 2020

Under the code names “Rubicon” and “Minerva,” Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) together with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had monitored the encrypted government communications of almost half the countries on earth for decades.

On coronavirus, Merkel tells Europe: “Drop dead”

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 12 March 2020

Merkel stated that a central priority of her government is to ensure the health care system does not become “overloaded” by the task of caring for coronavirus patients.

Trump’s coronavirus address: Ignorance, xenophobia and helplessness

By James Cogan and Andre Damon, 12 March 2020

In remarks consisting largely of self-praise, Trump proposed no measures that would slow the spread of the disease and mitigate its effects.

Coronavirus pandemic surges across Europe

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 11 March 2020

Thousands fell ill with coronavirus and hundreds died yesterday in Europe as the pandemic kept surging across the continent.

Germany’s Left Party joins hands with far-right Alternative for Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 11 March 2020

Just two days after he was elected minister president of Thuringia, the Left Party’s Bodo Ramelow ensured that the AfD obtained one of the vice president positions in the state parliament.

Germany sees rapid increase in coronavirus infections and first deaths

By Markus Salzmann, 10 March 2020

The massive spread of the coronavirus in Germany shows both the government’s indifference towards the dangers for the population and the precarious state of the country’s health care system, which has been systematically run down in recent years.

German government incites racism with commemoration of right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2020

The state has not “underestimated” the danger posed by the far-right, but rather systematically incited and encouraged it.

The all-party conspiracy behind the return of the Left Party to government in Thuringia

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 March 2020

One month after Free Democratic Party (FDP) politician Thomas Kemmerich was elected Thuringia state premier with the votes of the extreme right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), his predecessor, Left Party leader Bodo Ramelow, is back in office.

Right-wing extremist accused of murdering German politician Walter Lübcke suspected in another attempted murder

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 March 2020

It is impossible to say where the neo-Nazi milieu ends and where the German state begins.

European Union intensifies war against refugees at Turkish-Greek border

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 March 2020

Under the eyes of a high-ranking EU delegation, Greek border guards brutally attacked unarmed refugees.

Defender 2020: Largest mobilisation of NATO troops against Russia in 25 years

By Markus Salzmann, 4 March 2020

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscores how far advanced the preparations for war are.

German department store chain Real to be broken up, threatening 34,000 jobs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29 February 2020

The new owners have announced that they will not retain a single store for longer than two years if necessary.

The leadership debate in Germany’s Christian Democrats and the steady political march to the right

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 February 2020

There is fundamental agreement on the party’s right-wing policies. The dispute is over how they can best be imposed in the face of widespread popular opposition.

Germany: Nazi terrorist group planned mass murder of Muslims

By Gregor Link, 27 February 2020

German police arrested 12 right-wing extremists who were actively preparing mass murder against refugees, Muslims and political opponents.

Many unanswered questions following attack on carnival procession in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2020

More than 24 hours after a man drove his car into a carnival procession in the small town of Volkmarsen, the investigators are conducting themselves with unusual restraint.

Germany: Left Party embraces Christian Democrats in Thuringia

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 February 2020

Amid massive opposition to neo-Nazis and right-wingers, the Left Party is actively seeking to forge an all-party alliance and work more closely with the Christian Democratic Union.

Germany: Tens of thousands take to the streets against right-wing terror

By our reporters, 25 February 2020

Many demonstrators pointed to the complicity of the security agencies and the right-wing policies of all the establishment parties, which paved the way for the neo-Nazi terror.

German right-wing and far-right parties suffer defeat in Hamburg state election

By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2020

Four days after the right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, the Christian Democrats and Free Democrats, the parties that formed an alliance with the far-right Alternative for Germany to elect the minister president in Thuringia, lost large numbers of votes in Hamburg.

Following right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau

German government strengthens intelligence agencies and right-wing networks in state apparatus

By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2020

The strengthening of the state apparatus, which is dominated by far-right networks, will be aimed above all at intimidating and suppressing widespread hostility to militarism and fascism.

Hesse, Germany: Right-wing extremist propaganda at state expense

By Peter Schwarz, 24 February 2020

Shortly before the right-wing extremist terrorist attack in Hanau, the Hesse state government sent posters to all schools slandering opponents of fascism and capitalism as “ left-wing extremists .”

Tens of thousands protest all over Germany against right-wing terror

By our reporters, 22 February 2020

People in over 50 cities have taken part in spontaneous vigils and demonstrations in memory of the victims of the fascist attack in Hanau.

SGP deputy chairman speaks on the Hanau terrorist attack

Video: “To stop right terror, you need to know where it comes from”

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 February 2020

Socialist Equality Party Deputy Chairman Christoph Vandreier spoke at a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate after a right-wing terrorist killed eight people in Hanau, Germany.

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EU agrees to new military mission against Libya

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

The foreign ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed on a new military mission in Libya on Monday.

After the massacre in Hanau

Stop the right-wing terror in Germany!

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

A right-wing extremist terrorist shot and killed nine people in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday evening.

“One must not forget”: A musical tribute in Berlin to Jewish members of the Deutsche Oper orchestra persecuted by the Nazis

By Verena Nees, 21 February 2020

A moving concert paid tribute to four Jewish members of the Deutsche Oper orchestra who were forced into exile or murdered after Hitler came to power in 1933.

German Education Minister Karliczek supports right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 20 February 2020

The German government is defending the right-wing extremist professor after he threatened and physically attacked IYSSE spokesperson Sven Wurm on the campus of Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Germany: Left Party proposes a Christian Democrat as state premier in Thuringia

By Ulrich Rippert, 20 February 2020

The Left Party is forging an alliance of all establishment parties in order to strengthen the state apparatus and implement a policy of blatant social inequality.

China denounces US “lies” at the Munich Security Conference

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2020

Beijing’s blunt language is an attempt to counter Washington’s relentless propaganda offensive and also to seek support from the European powers.

At least 2.5 million children in Germany live in poverty

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 February 2020

In Germany, one of the richest countries in the world, more than 1.5 million children live in families dependent on welfare, and many more in families considered to be working poor.

German politicians and cultural professionals demand release of Julian Assange

By Peter Schwarz, 19 February 2020

Some 130 prominent initial signatories, including nine former federal ministers, are demanding the “immediate release of Julian Assange, on medical grounds as well on the basis of the rule of law.”

German Defence Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers pro-war speech at Munich Security Conference

By Johannes Stern, 18 February 2020

The speech described in detail what Berlin, Brussels and Paris intend to do to prepare for future conflicts between the major powers for the redivision of the world.

Erfurt, Germany: 20,000 demonstrate against fascism

By our correspondents, 18 February 2020

“Not with us! No pact with fascists—never and nowhere!” This was the main slogan for the mass demonstration which took place in the East German city of Erfurt on Saturday, February 15.

US-Europe conflict erupts at Munich

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2020

This weekend’s Munich Security Conference was dominated by a breakdown of the NATO alliance amid the resurgence of preparations for “great power conflict.”

US threatens Europe over Huawei at Munich Security Conference

By Andre Damon, 17 February 2020

After the UK, France and Germany announced they would not ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from their networks, US officials sought to threaten their NATO allies into changing course.

German President Steinmeier calls for German-European great power politics at Munich conference

By Johannes Stern, 17 February 2020

In his opening speech at this year’s Munich Security Conference, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) stressed that the ruling class in Germany is determined to promote the return of militarism by all means.

Germany’s Left Party appeals for cooperation with Christian Democrats and Free Democratic Party in Thuringia

By Peter Schwarz, 17 February 2020

Although it was the target of the AfD in Thuringia, the Left Party has responded with evasions, concealing the truth, appeasement, and stretching out the hand of cooperation to the CDU and FDP.

President of Berlin’s Humboldt University defends Professor Jörg Baberowski’s physical assault on left-wing student

By Christoph Vandreier, 15 February 2020

With her declaration of sympathy and refusal to clearly condemn the attack, Kunst has provided violent right-wing extremists with a blank cheque to intimidate and attack their political opponents at the university.

Spectre of the 1930s

Sound the alarm! Political conspiracy and the resurgence of fascism in Germany

By David North and Johannes Stern, 14 February 2020

Last week’s decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.

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Germany: Trial in Hamburg for former SS security guard at Stutthof concentration camp

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 10 February 2020

In the lawsuit against Bruno D, several of the co-plaintiffs have stressed the significance of the trial, given the current resurgence of far-right extremism and fascism in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

IYSSE spokesperson submits disciplinary complaint against right-wing extremist professor at Humboldt University in Berlin

By Sven Wurm, 10 February 2020

Following a physical attack by Professor Jörg Baberowski on Sven Wurm, the IYSSE spokesperson at Humboldt University, Wurm filed an official disciplinary complaint with the university administration.

Thuringia, Germany: Minister president elected with votes of far-right AfD announces resignation

By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2020

Twenty-four hours after being elected with the support of the far-right AfD, CDU and FDP as minister president of the state of Thuringia, Free Democrat politician Thomas Kemmerich announced his resignation.

German ruling class commemorates liberation of Auschwitz by planning new wars and new crimes

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2020

Just one week after official ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, federal parliament President Wolfgang Schäuble has called for Germany to once again take up the “burden” of fighting wars abroad.

Far-right AfD plays role of kingmaker in German state election

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2020

For the first time since the end of the Third Reich, a state premier was elected on Wednesday with the votes of a far-right, fascist party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Germany’s IG Metall union offers to collaborate in restructuring the steel and electronics industries

By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2020

In a recent document titled “Moratorium for a fair transition,” the union offers wage freezes as part of its plan to negotiate a “Pact for the Future,” which will cost tens of thousands of workers their jobs.

Former leader of Germany’s Social Democrats Sigmar Gabriel cashes in at Deutsche Bank

By Peter Schwarz, 5 February 2020

Joining the Supervisory Board of the most powerful German bank is the logical step for Gabriel since he has always advanced the interests of German capital as SPD chair and as a minister.