Western Europe

London postal workers take strike action over coronavirus concerns

By our reporter, 14 March 2020

Workers have accused Royal Mail management of inaction over concerns that they are being exposed unnecessarily to the virus.

Grenfell fire inquiry reveals more criminality by firms involved in refurbishment

By Charles Hixson, 14 March 2020

If those personally involved in events that led to the fire cannot ultimately be prosecuted, then neither can the corporations they represented.

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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14 March 2020

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.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government sends police to Greece to attack migrants

By Alejandro López, 9 March 2020

The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.

Councils to increase tax across UK as services are slashed

By Dennis Moore, 9 March 2020

At present more than 160 councils receive no revenue support grant from Whitehall and the government is shifting responsibility for the funding of local services from government to local council taxpayers.

Britain and European Union on collision course in Brexit talks

By Peter Schwarz, 29 February 2020

The EU and the British government presented sharply divergent documents outlining their goals for upcoming talks on their future relationship.

Swathes of UK underwater as record storms expose government indifference

By Robert Stevens and Barry Mason, 29 February 2020

The government repeats that it is spending £4 billion on flood defences over the next four years—a pittance—but has yet to announce where and when the money will be allocated.

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.

Roman Polanski gets César for best director for J’Accuse, in repudiation of #MeToo

By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2020

The French Film Academy openly defied demands from the #MeToo movement and President Emmanuel Macron’s government not to give Polanski an award.

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.

Sabisky eugenics scandal exposes fascist core of UK Tories

By Thomas Scripps, 22 February 2020

Sabisky’s resignation is meaningless and all the questions now being raised in the media about “vetting processes” are irrelevant.

UK: Grenfell fire inquiry finalises moves to grant corporations immunity from prosecution

By Charles Hixson, 22 February 2020

Giannino Gottardi, who lost his son in the blaze, stated, “These companies put profit ahead of everything. They want to save the name of the company and don’t care about anything else.”

European legal team will seek asylum for Julian Assange in France

By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2020

Members of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange’s legal team, together with Assange’s father John Shipton, held a press conference on Thursday in Paris.

New conflict of interest evidence against UK judge in charge of Assange extradition process

By Kevin Reed, 22 February 2020

Fresh evidence has emerged that the chief magistrate overseeing the extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has received financial benefits from organizations connected to the UK Foreign Office.

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22 February 2020

Sajid Javid removed as UK chancellor as Johnson readies offensive against working class

By Robert Stevens, 15 February 2020

Javid’s ignominious exit confirms the essential agenda of the Johnson government is one of escalating the class-war offensive against workers.

#MeToo collaborates with fascistic forces to block showing of Polanski’s film J’Accuse

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2020

Allied with the reactionary Macron government, #MeToo demands the censorship of Polanski’s brilliant account of the anti-Semitic frame-up of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, which was a seminal event in modern French history.

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.

John Pilger’s The Dirty War on the National Health Service screening on Australia’s SBS this Sunday

By our reporters, 15 February 2020

The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.

UK: Johnson uses Trump’s playbook in attack on media

By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2020

The events on Monday were more reminiscent of a tin pot dictatorship than that of an elected government.

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.

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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).

Firms responsible for covering Grenfell in flammable cladding demand immunity from prosecution

By Charles Hixson and Robert Stevens, 1 February 2020

Evidence revealed as the second phase of the inquiry began demonstrates that the 72 people who were killed in the Grenfell fire inferno were victims of the heinous crime of social murder.

Jaguar Land Rover announces 500 job cuts at Halewood in northwest England

By Margot Miller, 1 February 2020

The response of Unite to JLR’s announcement was to pledge to ensure redundancies are implemented smoothly.

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 1 February 2020

The meeting reviewed the growth of working class struggles throughout the world and the need for an international program and perspective.

“We hope this protest will inspire others”

French “yellow vests” protest for Assange outside Belmarsh prison in London

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020

The protests point to the deeply-rooted opposition among workers internationally to US and European governments’ relentless campaign to destroy Assange.

Strikers march across France as Macron moves to impose pension cuts

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020

A poll this week found 61 percent opposition to the cuts, and that 82 percent of Frenchmen believe they are worse off since Macron took office in 2017.

Volkswagen boss Diess commits management to mass layoffs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2020

2020 began with a fiery speech by the CEO of the world’s largest auto company, Volkswagen, in which he announced a “radical restructuring of the group” and the “slaughter of sacred cows.”

Two and a half years after Grenfell fire:

Tens of thousands of UK households live in buildings covered in flammable cladding

By Charles Hixson, 25 January 2020

Next to nothing has been done by the Conservative government to remove dangerous cladding from hundreds of mainly residential buildings that are enveloped in deadly flammable material.

Rich in US and UK live nearly ten more healthy years than the poor

By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020

Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.

US and UK clash over Huawei involvement in 5G rollout

By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2020

The rollout of 5G broadband wireless networks globally is becoming an arena for the eruption of geopolitical tensions.

German government to continue military operations in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020

All of the parliamentary parties agree with the government’s policy of escalating Germany military intervention in the region.

The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020

The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.

UK: Corbyn offers no fight against war with Iran

By Thomas Scripps, 11 January 2020

Corbyn articulates the concerns within ruling circles, including Johnson’s Tories and the armed forces, that Trump’s recklessness can endanger the UK’s world position.

UK police fire stun guns 2,500 times as deployment of weapon escalates

By Dennis Moore, 11 January 2020

The use of stun guns has sparked controversy since their introduction, following the growing numbers of deaths they have caused when deployed.

Germany: Response to satirical children’s video exposes self-censorship of the media

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 January 2020

The week before Christmas, German broadcaster WDR posted an online video of a children’s choir singing an updated version of a satirical song, triggering hysterical denunciations.

World famous pianist Igor Levit victim of anti-Semitic death threats

By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2020

The fact that a Jewish pianist cannot perform publicly without protection indicates the extent of the current turn to the right in German politics.

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11 January 2020

German authorities shut down investigations into far-right and state crimes

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 January 2020

The closing of the year 2019 has confirmed that the revival of the far right in Germany is principally due to policies pursued by the country’s ruling elite.

In New Year’s address, French President Macron pledges to impose austerity despite mass strike

By Alex Lantier, 4 January 2020

In his perfunctory eighteen-minute speech Tuesday night, Macron made clear he intends to impose his pension cuts in the face of mass protests and strikes by the working class.

UK refusal to accept Scotland’s supply of haemophilia drugs resulted in thousands of deaths

By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2020

Blood supplied from contaminated sources led to thousands of people being infected with diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in the UK.

EU court rules jailed Catalan nationalist Junqueras had immunity

By Alejandro López, 23 December 2019

Madrid nevertheless kept Junqueras in jail over his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and did not allow him to take his European parliament seat.

French unions work to end strike as government maintains pension cuts

By Anthony Torres, 21 December 2019

The unions are now calling for an end to strike action or using negotiations scheduled for January as a pretext to weaken workers’ resolve and betray the strike.

UK to leave European Union at end of January after Johnson passes Withdrawal Agreement

By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019

A total of 38 Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn’s instruction to oppose the bill.

UK Labour Party leadership contest begins after general election meltdown

By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2019

The bogus character of all claims that this is a leadership contest between “left” and “right” is epitomised by the fact that the two most prominent Blairite challengers are Corbyn’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer and his Shadow Foreign Minister Emily Thornberry.

UK general election result confirms protracted death of the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 19 December 2019

Labour haemorrhaged support across the UK and among all sections of workers, young and old, from the north and south, those in favour of leaving the European Union and those for remaining.

French strikers protest prime minister’s pledge to impose pension cuts

By Anthony Torres, 14 December 2019

Anger is mounting among workers after Edouard Philippe stressed he would push through his regressive program despite widespread strike action and popular opposition.

Julian Assange denied access to lawyers and vital evidence in US extradition case

By Thomas Scripps, 14 December 2019

It is clear that the fundamental legal rights of the WikiLeaks founder and world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition.

The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism

By Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board, 14 December 2019

The electoral debacle suffered by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn in the UK general election is yet another example of the political bankruptcy of what passes for the left and labour organisations.

Recording reveals pseudo-left La France Insoumise collusion with Macron in 2016

By Francis Dubois, 14 December 2019

The manoeuvres of LFI deputy François Ruffin with the former banker and future president have recently been exposed.

The way forward for the mass strike in France

By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2019

The working class faces a fight to bring down the Macron government, drawing into struggle ever broader layers of workers and youth in France and internationally.

SEP (UK) candidate Chris Marsden speaks on Kashmir and Palestine at Sheffield mosque hustings

By our reporter, 7 December 2019

Marsden told the attentive audience, “Kashmir has been a terrible victim of the partition of India on religious and communal lines.”

Former head of German Secret Service publishes fascist manifesto

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 7 December 2019

Maassen’s article contains a thinly-veiled call for building a fascist movement to crush working class opposition to social inequality and militarism.

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7 December 2019

Mercedes-Benz to cut more than 10,000 jobs

By K. Nesan, 30 November 2019

The announcement is part of a sweeping assault on jobs in the international auto industry.

John Pilger visits Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison: “Look how you frighten them!”

By our reporter, 30 November 2019

The following speech was delivered by veteran investigative journalist John Pilger to a public meeting in London on November 28 at St Pancras New Church.

Imperialist powers intensify pressure on Iranian regime in wake of protests

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2019

US imperialism is chiefly responsible for the tense standoff in the Persian Gulf. But the claims of the Iranian regime that “collective security” can be achieved by establishing a closer military alliance with Beijing and Moscow are reactionary.

After student sets himself on fire, French youth protest: “Precariousness kills”

By Francis Dubois, 30 November 2019

Anas K.’s desperate action and his scathing denunciation of the Macron government and of capitalism have reverberated powerfully among tens of thousands of students who face the same dire conditions.

Hillsborough families denied justice for 96 deaths after 30 years, as ex-police chief walks free

By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2019

David Duckenfield, former match commander of the South Yorkshire Police, was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.

Fire Brigades Union study exposes decades of deregulation and cost-cutting that led to Grenfell Tower inferno—Part 2

By Alice Summers, 30 November 2019

The FBU’s lengthy study is all the more important in the context of a concerted smear campaign by the media, the police investigation and the official Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which have set out to cover up the principal causes of the fire and shift the blame to the London Fire Brigade.

Berlin Tax Office withdraws charitable status from Nazi victims’ organisation

By Justus Leicht, 30 November 2019

The decision is tantamount to a ban, depriving the organisation of tax concessions vital to fund its work.

Groundswell of support for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 November 2019

The surge of support for Assange is a welcome blow to the conspiracy of silence surrounding his persecution, enforced by governments, establishment parties and the corporate media around the world.

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28 November 2019

West Midland Trains workers escalate fight against strike-breaking operation

By Michael Barnes, 23 November 2019

The WMT strike is the latest in an almost four-year battle by workers at the UK’s private rail franchises to forge a unified struggle between drivers and conductors.

Striking Dutch healthcare workers speak about first ever nationwide strike

By Daniel Woreck and Harm Zonderland, 23 November 2019

The WSWS spoke to striking healthcare workers at a rally in Utrecht about their working conditions and strike amid an international resurgence of class struggles.

Scottish court authorises eviction of Glasgow asylum seekers by Serco

By Steve James, 23 November 2019

Dorrian’s ruling is an example of class justice, upholding Serco’s interests against vulnerable, stressed and insecure people.

Germany: Left Party parliamentary group elects new leadership

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2019

The trench warfare within the Left Party expresses tensions and friction stemming inevitably from the right-wing turn undertaken by the whole party.

Glasgow helicopter crash inquiry scapegoats pilot

By Steve James, 16 November 2019

After six years waiting, the verdict of a Fatal Accident Inquiry has pinned responsibility for the Clutha helicopter crash solely on the aircraft’s pilot, David Traill, who was one of those killed.

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German defence minister calls for expansion of foreign military interventions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2019

In a keynote address, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer declared, “there is broad agreement that, given the strategic challenges, Germany must ... “do more to defend our values and interests.”

Macron warns Economist magazine of world war, collapse of NATO alliance

By Alex Lantier, 9 November 2019

Outlining escalating conflicts inside NATO, Macron admitted that for decades it has attacked countries and toppled their regimes without any popular support.

Defying their unions, Dutch teachers stage countrywide one-day strike

By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 9 November 2019

The teachers’ action was the latest in a series of mass protests across the country, which has been dubbed an “autumn of discontent.”

UK’s Royal Mail seeks legal action to prevent postal strike

By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2019

Royal Mail intends to impose conditions now widespread throughout the “gig economy.” The Communication Workers Union have done everything possible to avert industrial action.

German Christian Democrats call for collaboration with the far-right AfD

By Marianne Arens, 9 November 2019

A leader of the CDU said in an interview that, in his opinion, the AfD was “a conservative party” and were “not all Nazis.”

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Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Peter Schwarz, 9 November 2019

Thirty years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the GDR. Republished below is an article by Peter Schwarz that first appeared on the WSWS five years ago, on November 8, 2014, under the headline, “25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

Right-wing campaign unfolds in Spain for November 10 elections

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2019

By making support for police repression in Catalonia the centre of the election campaign, Spain’s major parties are accelerating the rise of the fascistic Vox party.

Former neo-fascist candidate attacks mosque in French city of Bayonne

By Anthony Torres, 4 November 2019

The entire political and media establishment bears heavy political responsibility for these attacks, creating the filthy political climate that encourages right-wing elements to carry them out.

Trump targets Corbyn in UK election intervention

By Laura Tiernan, 2 November 2019

Trump’s intervention comes less than four months after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the US government would not allow a Corbyn government to take office and would “push back” to prevent this.

Germany’s grand coalition extends military operations in Syria and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Eighty years after the end of the Second World War, leading politicians from all parties openly advocate policies of war and military violence.

Hamburg senate deploys police against student anti-Nazi protest

By Christoph Vandreier and Johannes Stern, 2 November 2019

Hundreds of Hamburg students have protested against the return of Bernd Lucke, founder of the far-right Alternative for Germany, to their university in the past two weeks.

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019

Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.

100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus art school and movement: “A New Era”

By Sybille Fuchs, 2 November 2019

The question arises: what was so special about this school, which existed for just 14 years (1919-1933) and was forced to change its location three times in Germany due to the hostile reaction of conservative and nationalist forces?

European Union delays Brexit extension decision as Corbyn tries to avoid general election

By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2019

Germany, Spain and Italy are all pushing for the three-month Brexit extension, while French President Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the lone opposition voice.

Britain obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2019

The British judiciary is terrified that the investigation into the illegal surveillance of Assange will further expose the lawless character of the attempt to extradite him to the US.

Labour leads effort to vote down Johnson’s Brexit deal

By Chris Marsden, 19 October 2019

UK members of parliament will vote today on whether or not to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the European Union.

An open letter to all members of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers

Stop the shift to the right at the universities!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 October 2019

Bernhard Kempen is using his position as president of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers to defend the right-wing extremist historian Jörg Baberowski.

Join the protest to oppose his extradition to the United States!

Julian Assange to appear Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site urges the widest support for Monday’s demonstration outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London starting at 9 a.m.

Six months since the brutal arrest of WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 October 2019

While Assange is subjected to what amounts to torture in a British prison, the war criminals he has done so much to expose walk free.

Right-wing extremist network behind fascist synagogue attack in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 October 2019

The reality is that the “ideological inciters” of the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle hold top positions within the state and security apparatus, the intelligence agencies, the military and the federal government.

European Union continues talks with Johnson government over possible Brexit deal

By Robert Stevens, 12 October 2019

Labour MPs are reported to be “blitzing” party leader Jeremy Corbyn with demands that he support a fresh Brexit referendum being held before a general election.

Dortmund, Germany withdraws prestigious award from the author Kamila Shamsie over support for BDS

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 October 2019

The withdrawal of the prize is yet another case of censorship by the German state and local authorities, which claim to oppose anti-Semitism but in fact suppress and criminalise any criticism of the Israeli government’s right-wing policies.

New Anti-capitalist Party demands military escalation against Turkey in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2019

The Pabloite NPA bitterly opposes a struggle to unify the working class internationally in a movement against imperialist war and the Middle Eastern bourgeoisie.

Corbyn tries to unite Labour Party to solve Brexit crisis for ruling class

By Thomas Scripps, 21 September 2019

The Labour Party conference beginning Saturday will be dominated by the conflict over the party’s Brexit policy.