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.
By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2017
Local residents and survivors of the Grenfell Tower inferno denounced police and the Kensington and Chelsea Council as “liars” working for “rich folks.”
By Ulrich Rippert, 19 July 2017
Behind all the party’s talk of “securing the future”, “innovation”, “civil society” and “securing peace”, the SPD is preparing new spending cuts and the expansion of German militarism.
By Francis Dubois, 18 July 2017
The legislature has opened the way for the government of President Emmanuel Macron to massively increase the exploitation of the French working class.
By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2017
The newly-proposed arms projects—including fighter jets, tanks and drones—should be taken as a warning by workers and young people throughout Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 17 July 2017
In the wake of the protests and violent state repression during the G20 summit in Hamburg, the Social Democrats, Left Party and Greens are showing their true colours as parties of bourgeois order.
Thames Water workers speak:
By Paul Mitchell, 14 July 2017
A former Thames Water worker told the WSWS that the company is seeking to deflect inquiries into a policy of reducing water pressure to cut down leakage from water mains.
By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2017
The fire raged for three hours and destroyed around 30 percent of the first, second, and third floors.
By Andre Damon, 11 July 2017
High-ranking members of the German government have called for the drawing up of a list of “left-wing extremists” throughout Europe and a permanent ban on their entry into Germany.
By our reporters, 10 July 2017
Demonstrators described how police attacked peaceful protests at this weekend’s G20 summit in Hamburg with water cannons, batons and tear gas.
By Julie Hyland, 10 July 2017
The Grenfell Tower fire has laid bare the impact of decades of free market policies, deregulation and cuts in public spending initiated by Thatcher and continued by every subsequent government.
Camden residents: “You cannot trust them now because of Grenfell. It’s never going to be the same again”
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to tenants in the Blashford tower block about the Grenfell fire and the situation they face.
By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2017
In advance of the G20 summit in Hamburg, and three months prior to Germany’s federal election, a new frenzy of nationalism and militarism is gripping the ruling elite.
By Ulrich Rippert, 6 July 2017
On Monday, the leaders of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union government parties presented their election programme in Berlin.
By our reporters, 6 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to London residents on Bramley Road, near Grenfell Tower.
By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2017
Macron called for military escalation overseas and broad-ranging changes to basic institutions of French political and social life, to be worked out with the trade unions.
By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2017
Just days before the G20 summit in Hamburg, and in the midst of the Qatar crisis, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel traveled to the Arabian Peninsula.
By Sven Heymanns, 4 July 2017
The planned measures in Hamburg are not just to protect the political elite attending the G20, but are deliberate preparations for a civil war scenario.
“There are people who died in there—and they’re not telling us who they are.”
By our reporters, 4 July 2017
Residents of the Lancaster West housing estate near Grenfell Tower talked to the World Socialist Web Site about the June 14 fire in London.
“People died because they used cheap cladding. It’s like war between rich and poor”
By our reporters, 3 July 2017
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed some of those participating in Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration. Dominating the thoughts of those who attended was the Grenfell Tower inferno and its implications.
By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2017
As with the victims of their policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere, those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire are looked upon by the ruling class as “collateral damage.”
By Richard Tyler, 29 June 2017
The acres of press coverage of this disturbing attack do not provide any serious explanation as to why a man with no evident background of racism would suddenly commit such a heinous crime.
On-the-spot report from London:
By our reporters, 27 June 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents evacuated from tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in London by Labour Party-run Camden council over the weekend.
By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2017
The staggering loss of life epitomises the devastation capitalism has wrought on generations of working people. It is the outcome of a vast and ongoing transfer of society’s wealth from the poor to the rich.
By Robert Stevens, 26 June 2017
Of the UK’s 4,000 tower blocks, 600 have been selected for testing, due to the use of unsafe building materials.
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 Markus Salzmann, 26 June 2017
The SPÖ governor of Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, declared: “We are in a situation where the wind is not blowing from the left, but coming from the right.”
By Peter Schwarz, 23 June 2017
The SPD’s tax plan picks up from and continues the ruthless austerity policies introduced by current CDU finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble.
After Grenfell Tower fire:
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2017
With the final death toll from the inferno still unknown, the Conservative government has called a public inquiry as part of efforts to conceal its complicity in the disaster.
By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2017
The election of Emmanuel Macron is the outcome of the reactionary policies of the organizations in the so-called French left that broke with Trotskyism.
By Julie Hyland, 22 June 2017
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May set out her government’s legislative agenda yesterday in the Queen’s Speech, which was widely acknowledged to be her first and last one.
By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2017
The government’s “Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund,” which totals a pitiful £5 million, stands in stark contrast to the £369 million worth of repairs to Buckingham Palace.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 21 June 2017
Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.
By Chris Marsden, 20 June 2017
Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and Michel Bernier of the European Union launched negotiations Monday on the terms of Britain’s exit from the trade bloc.
“We cannot brush this under the table, some heads have to roll”
By our reporters, 20 June 2017
London residents and people living in housing nearby Grenfell Tower speak about the horrifying fire that has killed at least 79 residents, and the economic and political decisions that allowed it to happen.
By Francis Dubois, 20 June 2017
Despite claims that President Emmanuel Macron is renovating French politics, his party is a haven for business owners and France’s old political establishment.
By Laura Tiernan, 15 June 2017
The catastrophic fire broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday, on the second floor of 24-storey council flats in Kensington, West London that were home to an estimated 500 people.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2017
Despite right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski’s defeat in court, the Presidium of Humboldt University continues to defend him. Bremen-based law Professor Andreas Fischer-Lescano has therefore accused the university Presidium of being “an accomplice of right-wing scholarship.”
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 10 June 2017
To those now inclined to accept the portrayal of Corbyn by pseudo-left groups in Britain as the natural leader of the working class, we say: Remember Alexis Tsipras and Syriza.
By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017
Despite the war crisis and growing social anger among workers, NPA leader Alain Krivine insisted that internationalist opposition to capitalism would find no popular support.
the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 9 June 2017
The university leadership can no longer sustain the assertion that it is protecting the freedom of academic inquiry and defending a scholar “whose integrity is beyond doubt.”
By Chris Marsden, 7 June 2017
Britain is being destabilised economically, politically and socially as world capitalism descends into its deepest crisis since the end of World War II.
By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2017
As evidence continued to mount that the attackers received some degree of state protection, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced Prime Minister Theresa May for having allowed “cuts in police numbers.”
By Alex Lantier, 6 June 2017
The newly-elected president intends for the assembly, controlled by his party, to serve as a rubber stamp for unprecedented attacks on social and democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 5 June 2017
Within 24 hours of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, the official narrative presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun to fall apart.
Socialist Equality Party stands candidates in German election: Against militarism and war! For socialism!
Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 5 June 2017
At the centre of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) election campaign is a socialist programme directed against war and capitalism and expressing the interests of the working class and youth all over the world.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 June 2017
The perspective for opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda offered by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the Unsubmissive France movement, is collapsing.
By Johannes Stern, 1 June 2017
In the midst of a historic crisis in transatlantic relations, Berlin is working systematically to expand political and economic ties with Asia.