The 2017 German Federal Elections
By Peter Schwarz, 24 March 2018
The central theme of the parliamentary debate on the new government’s programme was the limiting and deportation of refugees.
By Johannes Stern, 21 March 2018
The new government is stoking a racist atmosphere to further its programme of militarism, social attacks, and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.
By Johannes Stern, 17 March 2018
In his inaugural address, the new foreign minister stressed that the third grand coalition under Angela Merkel would accelerate Germany’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.
Great power politics, militarism, increased deportations: The right-wing programme of Germany’s grand coalition
By Peter Schwarz, 14 March 2018
The ruling class of Germany is reacting to the crisis of the European Union by returning to the criminal methods it used in the past.
By Christoph Vandreier, 13 March 2018
Horst Seehofer’s aggressive tone and far-reaching plans make clear that the grand coalition is preparing for the brutal suppression of all opposition to its policies of militarism and austerity.
By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2018
Merkel made clear that the incoming grand coalition will implement a massive military build-up, a new round of social austerity and adopt the far-right’s policies on refugees.
By Johannes Stern, 6 February 2018
In the final stretch of coalition negotiations, SPD leader Martin Schulz announced an agreement between his party and the conservative CDU/CSU on European policy.
By Marianne Arens, 6 February 2018
The extension of the operation is part of the plans of the grand coalition between the SPD and Christian Democrats to further strengthen police powers and coordinate security policy on a European basis.
By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2018
While the media reported “breakthroughs” in health and housing policies, initial reports on the coalition paper show what the talks are really about.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 January 2018
The campaign by the Jusos against a new edition of the grand coalition with the Christian Democrats has provoked considerable nervousness in the SPD leadership.
By our correspondents, 23 January 2018
The reactionary orientation of the union was most evident when an IGM functionary greeted the participation of the far-right AfD on the demonstration.
By Johannes Stern, 22 January 2018
The Social Democratic Party’s special party congress in Bonn voted 362 to 279 for coalition talks with the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 January 2018
After the shift to the right in last year’s federal elections and the Social Democrats’ decision to continue the grand coalition with the Christian Democrats, long-simmering conflicts inside the Left Party have intensified.
By Johannes Stern, 17 January 2018
Talks between the CDU, CSU and SPD point to the formation of the most right-wing government in Germany since the end of the Second World War.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 January 2018
The 28-page document on the results of the exploratory talks conceals a deeply reactionary right-wing programme behind unctuous rhetoric about an “awakening,” “democracy,” “peace” and “justice.”
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2018
Behind the backs of the population, the ruling class is working to install the most right-wing government in Germany since the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.
By Johannes Stern, 20 December 2017
The Social Democratic Party leadership unanimously agreed to hold exploratory talks in January with the Christian Democrats over the formation of a new government.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2017
Following the failure of Jamaica coalition talks, the Greens are emphasizing their readiness to uphold the interests of the state, even as an opposition party.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 November 2017
A third installment of the grand coalition will will adopt an even more authoritarian and ruthless course from its predecessors.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 November 2017
Despite Schulz’s rhetorical denunciations of planned job cuts at Siemens, the SPD has for years been at the forefront of attacks against workers’ jobs, wages, and living standards.
By Johannes Stern, 22 November 2017
Behind the backs of the population the German ruling class is elaborating various scenarios with the same aim: the formation of an extreme right-wing government.
German Social Democrats take first place in Lower Saxony election but lose their Green coalition partner
By Ulrich Rippert, 19 October 2017
The SPD gained more than 4 percent over its last showing, but the losses of the Greens mean that the two parties lack the parliamentary majority needed for a new coalition.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017
It is already becoming clear that the new government will be the most right-wing in the history of the German Federal Republic.
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.
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 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.
SGP election rally: International meeting in Berlin calls for stepped-up struggle against capitalism and war
By our reporters, 27 September 2017
The rally took place on the final day of the election campaign waged throughout Germany by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP, Socialist Equality Party).
By our correspondents, 27 September 2017
The speeches to the Berlin meeting by leading members of the Fourth International from Germany, Britain, France and the US were closely followed by the audience and found a very positive response.
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.
The war danger and the significance of the election campaign of the Socialist Equality Party of Germany
By 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 Johannes Stern, 19 September 2017
Ever since the Greens organised the first foreign combat operation by German soldiers since World War II in 1999, they have been a leading party of German militarism.
By our reporters, 13 September 2017
The meeting was addressed by Socialist Equality Party candidate Christoph Vandreier and Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the SEP in Britain.
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 Marianne Arens, 7 September 2017
The largest evacuation in post-war German history led to many lively discussions about war and dictatorship.
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.
4 September 2017
By our reporters, 4 September 2017
Marianne Arens, an election candidate of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), spoke at a demonstration of students in the town of Offenbach protesting against the deportation of classmates to Afghanistan.
By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2017
The more the SPD declines in the polls, the more it lashes out aggressively in its election campaign.
By Johannes Stern, 26 June 2017
At its party congress in Dortmund, the SPD presented itself as the party of social cuts, militarism and the intelligence services.
By Ulrich Rippert chairman of the SGP and SGP candidate in North Rhine Westphalia, 26 June 2017
The 8,000 striking Volkswagen workers in Slovakia deserve the support of VW and all autoworkers throughout Germany and the world.