Germany

General Electric follows Siemens in announcing mass layoffs

By Gustav Kemper, 12 December 2017

The American conglomerate General Electric announced the layoff of 12,000 workers last week, including 4,500 in Europe.

Germany: Protests against the deportation of refugees

By our correspondents, 9 December 2017

Refugees from Afghanistan were herded onto a plane and flown from the German airport in Frankfurt-Main to Kabul, despite the efforts of several hundred demonstrators.

German Social Democratic Party congress paves way for grand coalition

By Peter Schwarz, 8 December 2017

This week's SPD congress had the task of aligning its members and delegates with the aggressive foreign policy outlined by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel this week.

Germany: Nationwide raids on G20 protesters

By Johannes Stern, 7 December 2017

Amid attempts in Berlin to maneuver a right-wing government into office, German police are reviving the myth of "extreme left" violence at Hamburg’s G20 summit.

The extreme right and the turn toward militarism in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2017

Last week’s party congress of the Alternative for Germany, the anti-immigrant party of the extreme right, marked a new stage in the legitimization of fascistic politics in Germany.

Foreign minister Gabriel promotes German big power politics

By Peter Schwarz, 6 December 2017

Gabriel’s new course marks a break with German foreign policy of the last seventy years and a return to pre-1945 politics.

German Historical Museum exhibition presents the October Revolution as an event of world-historical significance

By Verena Nees, 6 December 2017

“1917. Revolution. Russia and Europe” in Berlin is certainly worth a visit. The exhibition runs until April 15, 2018.

Thousands demonstrate against Alternative for Germany party congress

By Dietmar Henning, 5 December 2017

Many students and youth who demonstrated on Saturday in Hanover are aware of the responsibility the mainstream parties bear for the rise of the AfD.

German military leadership calls for massive rearmament program

By Johannes Stern, 4 December 2017

Leading military officials are working on a comprehensive armaments program reminiscent of the rearming of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in the 1930s.

Campaign builds for grand coalition in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 2 December 2017

A new installment of the grand coalition would pursue a much more aggressive right-wing agenda than the previous governments.

Xenophobic attack on mayor of German city

By Marianne Arens, 1 December 2017

The knife attack on the mayor of the German town of Altena, north of Cologne, is the product of the anti-refugee climate created by the political parties and media.

German court releases far-right army officer

By Dietmar Henning, 1 December 2017

The far-right German army officer Franco A. has been freed from custody. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) withdrew his arrest warrant on Wednesday.

German Left Party calls for rapid formation of new government

By Johannes Stern, 30 November 2017

In the face of mounting social protest, the Left Party wants at all costs to prevent the emergence of an independent movement of the working class.

German Greens pledge to uphold state’s interests

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.

German political establishment and big business call for grand coalition government

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2017

The SPD fears that new elections and political uncertainty could destabilise conditions in Europe and undermine the global interests of German imperialism.

Protesting workers at bankrupt Air Berlin denounce Merkel government

By Gustav Kemper, 27 November 2017

More than a thousand employees of the insolvent airline gathered Wednesday in front of Berlin Central Station for a demonstration against imminent mass redundancies.

Germany’s Social Democrats prepare for grand coalition with Merkel

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.

German SPD leader Martin Schulz: A false friend of Siemens workers

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.

Co-plaintiffs criticize German federal prosecutor and secret service in neo-Nazi NSU trial

By Justus Leicht and Dietmar Henning, 24 November 2017

Lawyers for the relatives and victims of the terrorist attacks carried out by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) are presenting their final arguments in the case against the NSU.

The Socialist Equality Party in Germany demands new elections

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 23 November 2017

Under present conditions, this is the only way in which the working class can intervene into political events, bring their interests to bear and combat the far right’s political offensive.

Oppose right-wing censorship at Leipzig University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 23 November 2017

As the Alternative for Germany has become the largest party in Saxony, the student council at Leipzig has barred the IYSSE, which combats right-wing forces, militarism and capitalism, from the university campus.

Right-wing maneuvers follow collapse of government coalition talks in Berlin

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.

Christian Democratic student association calls for the banning of the IYSSE at German universities

By Christoph Vandreier, 22 November 2017

The denial of working group status for the IYSSE in Leipzig sets a precedent to deprive socialist student organizations of standing as university groups across the country, an attack on basic democratic rights.

Political crisis in Berlin as coalition talks for German government fail

By Peter Schwarz, 21 November 2017

The failure of the coalition talks has triggered a deep crisis in Berlin and marks a turning point in German and European politics.

German government coalition talks stall

By Peter Schwarz, 20 November 2017

After four weeks of talks, the CDU, CSU, FDP and Greens failed to reach agreement on a Jamaica coalition by Thursday evening.

Report notes dramatic increase in homelessness in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 17 November 2017

The Federal Working Group for Homelessness reported this week that the homeless now number almost 1 million in Germany.

An artist’s eye view of the Russian Revolution

1917: The Real October—An animated documentary by Katrin Rothe

By Sybille Fuchs, 17 November 2017

The two-time Grimme Award-winner Kathrin Rothe portrays the events of February to October 1917 in Russia from the viewpoint of a number of artists.

EU anti-“fake news” authority prepares mass censorship

By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2017

The EU is preparing censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.

German secret service interferes in negotiations over new government

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2017

The fact that the head of the BND went public a few days before the conclusion of exploratory talks on a “Jamaica” coalition can only be considered as direct interference in the formation of a government.

EU member states take major step toward a European army

By Peter Schwarz, 14 November 2017

The European Union has agreed on a framework to develop the capacity for waging war independently of and, if necessary, against the United States.

The denunciation of the Russian Revolution in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2017

If one reviews the articles, contributions on radio and television, and films to mark the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia, the principal rule that applies is: “anything goes.”

German court rejects bid by Professor Jörg Baberowski to bar criticism of his right-wing extremism

By Christoph Vandreier, 10 November 2017

The Humboldt University professor was rebuffed in an attempt to have a court prohibit the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei from exposing his falsifications of history.

Plant closures and layoffs on the agenda at German conglomerate Siemens

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 9 November 2017

Several thousand job cuts will hit Siemens Group's Power Generation sector as well as its subsidiary, Siemens Gamesa, which manufactures wind turbines.

Calls for military buildup and great power politics grow amid German coalition talks

By Peter Schwarz, 8 November 2017

The voices calling for the adoption of an aggressive foreign policy and a major military expansion by a future “Jamaica coalition” are growing louder.

NATO intensifies its preparations for war with Russia

By Philipp Frisch, 7 November 2017

Against the backdrop of US aggression against North Korea, NATO is intensifying its preparations for war with Russia, the world’s second largest nuclear power.

Germany: “Jamaica coalition” on a course towards war

By Peter Schwarz, 6 November 2017

The greatest pressure for a massive rearmament comes not from the “Jamaica” parties, but rather from the Social Democrats, the SPD.

Germany: Coalition talks centre on increase in defence spending

By Johannes Stern, 3 November 2017

The Christian Democrats, Greens and Free Democratic Party are talking about massively increasing military spending and the powers of the state.

German military builds training ground for civil war

By Johannes Stern, 30 October 2017

Lieutenant-General Frank Leidenberger declared: “The missions of the past have taught us that the environment in which we may have to fight is no longer open space but urban areas.”

Germany’s “Jamaica” coalition parties agree on debt brake, tax cuts and privatisation

By Ulrich Rippert, 27 October 2017

Tthe financial policy guidelines of the Jamaica Alliance are an intensification of the anti-social policies of the country’s previous grand coalition of the CDU-CSU and SPD.

Did an undercover agent incite the Berlin Christmas Market attack?

By Dietmar Henning, 26 October 2017

An undercover agent from the State Criminal Bureau in North Rhine-Westphalia is alleged to have had close contact with the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market attack.

The far-right Alternative for Germany enters parliament

By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2017

Seventy-two years after the end of the Hitler's dictatorship, neo-Nazis, racists and xenophobes are once again sitting in the German parliament.

Trade war in the aerospace industry: Airbus takes over shares in Bombardier

By Gustav Kemper, 25 October 2017

Airbus will be the main beneficiary of the trade war measures imposed on Bombardier by the US Commerce Department following pressure from US competitor Boeing.

Thousands demonstrate in Berlin against ultra-right Alternative for Germany

By our correspondents, 24 October 2017

Ahead of the first sitting of the newly elected parliament (Bundestag), more than 10,000 people demonstrated on Sunday in Berlin against the political shift to the right.

German Air Force involved in war crimes in Syria

By Philipp Frisch, 21 October 2017

On October 9, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) resumed operations in Syria and Iraq as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS.

Talks on forming German coalition government begin

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2017

A “Jamaica coalition” would intensify austerity policies throughout Europe, press ahead with the militarisation of the EU and adopt the Alternative for Germany’s anti-refugee policy.

Power struggle in leadership of Germany’s Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 19 October 2017

The Left Party is responding to the federal election and the rise of the Alternative for Germany by shifting sharply to the right, triggering internal divisions.

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.

Trump’s threats against Iran aggravate German-American tensions

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017

Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.

Germany: The significance of the election in Lower Saxony

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 October 2017

Influential ruling class circles intend to use the result to facilitate a complete realignment of the government at the federal level.

French president Macron and ex-left Cohn-Bendit advocate a militarily strong Europe at Frankfurt Book Fair

By Marianne Arens, 14 October 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is striving for a heavily armed Europe capable of pursuing its own imperialist strategy around the world, while suppressing opposition at home.

Germany: Public prosecutor drops investigation into NSA spying

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 13 October 2017

The massive spying operation on millions of innocent people carried out by US, British and German intelligence agencies will have no legal consequences in Germany.

Schäuble calls for the continuation of austerity policies in Germany and Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2017

The outgoing German finance minister is taking advantage of his last days in office to call for his policy of social cuts to be made permanent.

Germany’s conservative parties shift further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 11 October 2017

The Christian Democratic Union and its partner, the Christian Social Union, have agreed on a common line of approach for a future government coalition to include the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.

Attack in 2016 on Munich shopping centre was an act of right-wing terrorism

By Dietmar Henning, 11 October 2017

Although three reports reveal the right-wing extremist motives of the attacker, who killed nine people, the authorities continue to speak of a shooting spree by a victim of school bullying.

German government backs Spain’s violent crackdown on Catalonia

By Peter Schwarz, 7 October 2017

The German government has backed Madrid’s suppression of the Catalonian independence referendum because it, too, is preparing to crack down on social and political opposition at home.

What would a “Jamaica” coalition in Germany represent?

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.

Siemens and Alstom rail train units merge as corporations prepare for trade war

By Gustav Kemper, 6 October 2017

The merger of the two companies, with 62,000 employees and an annual turnover of around 15 billion euros, creates the world’s second-largest railway technology company.

Germany’s Network Enforcement Act: Legal framework for censorship of the Internet

By Katerina Selin, 5 October 2017

The assumption behind the law, which took effect October 1, is that companies will delete controversial posts rather than risk severe financial penalties.

Germany’s Social Democratic president calls for tougher refugee policy and adaptation to AfD

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 October 2017

In his speech on German Unity Day, the president advocated an understanding with the ultra-right AfD, a tougher refugee policy and “German patriotism.”

German Left Party’s Lafontaine launches AfD-style tirade against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017

The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.

German Green Party opts for coalition with conservative and neo-liberal parties

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.

Germany’s Social Democrats prepare to suppress popular opposition

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.

The AfD enters the Bundestag: a far right party of the ruling establishment in Germany

By Christopher Hosang and Johannes Stern, 2 October 2017

For the first time since the collapse of the Third Reich 72 years ago, a right-wing extremist party has entered the German Bundestag.

German army build-up follows federal election

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.

After German elections establishment parties call for further military build-up

By Johannes Stern, 29 September 2017

The ruling class has responded to the right-wing extremist AfD’s electoral success with intensified calls for a military build-up and the strengthening of the repressive state apparatus.

German election: Where the far-right AfD won—and why

By Sven Heymanns, 29 September 2017

The entry of the Alternative for Germany into Germany's parliament last Sunday was cause for great concern, fear and anger for many, both in Germany and beyond.

Behind the electoral success of the AfD in the German election

By Peter Schwarz, 28 September 2017

The media and political establishment have paved the way for the AfD and are exploiting its electoral success to justify a further lurch to the right.

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).

SGP election meeting: “War and inequality mutually reinforce one another”

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.

German parties move further to the right after AfD’s electoral success

By Johannes Stern, 26 September 2017

The same parties that are politically responsible for the rise of the AfD are exploiting the right-wing extremists’ electoral success to shift the political climate even further to the right.

The rise of the AfD and the rightward lurch of official politics in Germany

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.

Sigmar Gabriel’s UN address: German great power ambitions in pacifist garb

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2017

Phrases about “peace,” “human rights” and “global justice” are rhetorical window-dressing for Germany’s renewed turn to imperialist “Realpolitik.”

How Germany is supporting Burma’s ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya

By Johannes Stern, 22 September 2017

Burma’s notorious army chief Min Aung Hlaing was welcomed with military honours to Berlin in April.

Dangerous developments in Germany: AfD leader praises the Nazi Wehrmacht

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

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.

German Greens’ pro-war policy on display at think tank forum

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.

Germany: Trial of neo-Nazi terror group whitewashes role of intelligence services

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.

German conservative newspaper threatens Poland with territorial demands

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.

Juncker’s State of the EU speech: Europe readies for war with the world

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2017

In his State of the European Union speech yesterday, the EU Commission president outlined an aggressive military and commercial agenda for post-Brexit Europe.

Germany’s Left Party: A party of militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 14 September 2017

The Left Party, like all of Germany’s capitalist parties, is fully integrated into German militarism and is playing a central role in the country’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.

Germany: Left Party leader ready to cooperate with far-right AfD

By Verena Nees, 13 September 2017

Sahra Wagenknecht, the Left Party's leading candidate for this month's federal election, has made clear that all its talk of “opposing the right wing” is just that—empty talk.

Socialist Equality Party holds election meeting in Berlin

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.

Plans for major military build-up after Germany’s federal election

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.

Germany’s federal election campaign and the danger of global nuclear war

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.

German conservative parties embrace the language of dictatorship

By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2017

The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union have adopted a statement endorsing “a strong state” based on “order” as the supreme principle.

Germany: 60,000 people evacuated as WWII bomb is defused in Frankfurt

By Marianne Arens, 7 September 2017

The largest evacuation in post-war German history led to many lively discussions about war and dictatorship.

Documenta 14 exhibition in Kassel, Germany: The censorship and defaming of art

By Sybille Fuchs, 6 September 2017

Two works of art dealing with the fate of refugees and exiles have become the focus of fierce attacks on this year’s documenta 14 art exhibition in the city of Kassel.

German Left Party and Greens demand expansion of police powers

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.

Candidates denounce refugees, demand state build-up at German election debate

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.

German federal police illegally collect data to blacklist journalists and activists

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2017

The extent of surveillance and the arbitrary and unconstitutional storage of data on thousands of “left-wing political extremists” are typical characteristics of an authoritarian police state.

German SGP election candidate speaks at student protest against deportations

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.

Social Democratic chancellor candidate Schulz calls for well-equipped German army

By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2017

The Social Democrats are seeking to transform widespread opposition to US-led imperialist wars into support for German militarism.

SGP condemns German government’s ban of linksunten.indymedia.org

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 31 August 2017

The banning of the left-wing website is a fundamental attack on freedom of speech and sets a precedent for the suppression of all social and political opposition.

German court issues draconian ruling against Hamburg G20 protester

By Katerina Selin, 30 August 2017

A 21-year-old man from the Netherlands was sentenced to a term of two years and seven months imprisonment because he allegedly threw two empty glass bottles at a police officer.

Germany: Policeman and lawyer conspire to murder left-wing politicians

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.

Germany: SPD chancellor candidate Schulz attacks Merkel from the right

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2017

The more the SPD declines in the polls, the more it lashes out aggressively in its election campaign.

German government raids and shuts down left-wing Indymedia site

By Johannes Stern, 26 August 2017

The shutdown of linksunten.indymedia.org is the latest step in a crackdown on left-wing politics in Germany ahead of the upcoming federal election.

Inequality rising in Germany: 40 percent earn less than 20 years ago

By Marianne Arens, 26 August 2017

According to a paper from the Federal Labour Ministry, the gap between wages and wealth has grown rapidly over the past 20 years.

German president in Estonia: Historical revisionism to justify militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 25 August 2017

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier used the anniversary of the Hitler-Stalin pact to threaten Russia and boost Estonian nationalism, which draws directly from the traditions of the Nazis.

Berlin intensifies agitation against Turkey

By Johannes Stern, 25 August 2017

Foreign policy relations between Berlin and Ankara have reached a new low amid hysterical denunciations of the Turkish government by German politicians.