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.
68th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg and Verena Nees, 14 March 2018
The 68th Berlin Film Festival, whose 2018 edition ended February 25, is the world’s largest film festival open to the public.
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.
An Open letter from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the editors of German daily Tageszeitung
12 March 2018
The following letter was sent by the IYSSE to the editors of the German daily Tageszeitung, after it published a defence of right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski and defamed his critics.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 March 2018
The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.
By Katerina Selin, 10 March 2018
The media circus at this year’s Berlinale was all centred on one topic: #MeToo. Virtually every interview, meeting and media report mentioned the sexual misconduct campaign in one way or another.
By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2018
No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), 6 March 2018
The Tageszeitung, a daily close to the German Green Party, dedicated its weekend edition to a frontal attack on the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE).
By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2018
The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 March 2018
The massive pressure the SPD leadership has exerted on its members is part of a political conspiracy to implement a militaristic program.
By Bernd Reinhardt, 2 March 2018
The German jazz guitarist Coco Schumann remained active musically until near the end of his life. He ranks as a jazz musician with one of the longest musical biographies ever.
By Johannes Stern, 1 March 2018
Ursula von der Leyen made clear in a recent interview what the central tasks of Germany’s incoming government will be: a major rearmament programme and the waging of war.
By Christoph Vandreier, 28 February 2018
Sahra Wagenknecht defended the decision of Essen Tafel to restrict its food handouts to German citizens only.
By Johannes Stern, 26 February 2018
Left Party representative Stefan Liebich greeted the war speech of Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) at the Munich Security Conference.
By Stefan Steinberg, 26 February 2018
Nazif Mujić, according to first accounts, has died in extreme poverty in the impoverished hamlet of Svatovac in Bosnia.
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 Christoph Vandreier, 23 February 2018
The SPD has sent out ballot papers to its members asking them to vote on a new edition of the grand coalition with the CDU/CSU.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 February 2018
The annual report sets the stage for a massive expansion of military spending on the part of the incoming grand coalition government.
By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2018
This weekend's conference was dominated by rising, potentially violent conflict between the major powers, notably the United States and Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2018
The former pacifists have moved so far into the camp of militarism that they attack the conservative Christian Democrat-led defence ministry from the right.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2018
The interventions of the German defence and foreign ministers at the conference show that the central aim of the new grand coalition government will be to accelerate Germany’s return to militarism and great power politics.
By Johannes Stern, 20 February 2018
Kühnert’s appearance on Tuesday evening in Berlin-Kreuzberg made clear which social and political interests, fears and calculations lie behind the campaign of the Jusos.
By Chris Marsden, 19 February 2018
Washington led the pack in bellicosity towards Syria and North Korea, tied to allegations of Russian and Chinese culpability.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2018
A rearmament offensive is being prepared, comparable only to that of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in the 1930s.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2018
The central issue being discussed by the high-ranking attendees at the conference is how the assembled great powers, and the Europeans in particular, can rearm to prepare for war.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2018
Important sections of the coalition pact between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats agreed last week bear the imprint of the top military brass.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 February 2018
An article in IP magazine, published by the German Council for Foreign Relations, gives a glimpse of the foreign policy debates going on behind the scenes.
By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2018
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the build-up in the course of her trip to the Middle East last weekend.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2018
The rapid rise and fall of Schulz cannot be explained simply on the basis of personal rivalries. At stake are major political issues.
By Johannes Stern, 12 February 2018
With a new NATO headquarters, Germany would be even more strongly involved in NATO preparations for war against Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2018
The Grand Coalition deal and the new Berlin-Paris axis are both based on the most right-wing program since fascist parties ruled Europe.
Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 February 2018
The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party) demands the publication of all secret protocols and lists of participants in the coalition talks, which have laid the basis for the coming to power of the most right-wing government since the downfall of the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 10 February 2018
The video by the left-wing, socialist channel “Political Analysis” was evidently censored following appeals by far-right circles to YouTube.
By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2018
A new grand coalition between the Social Democrats and conservative parties will launch a massive military build-up, initiate a new round of austerity and carry out police-state measures.
By Katerina Selin, 8 February 2018
Last week, the Berlin Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party, the Left Party and the Greens, discussed a far-reaching security plan for the German capital.
By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2018
The suppression of the strike paves the way for the formation of a grand coalition government that will slash workers’ wages and benefits to pay for military rearmament.
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, 6 February 2018
Just a cursory glance at the politicians assembled in the German parliament to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz makes clear the same ruling class that made Hitler chancellor 85 years ago is returning to its infamous traditions.
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 our reporters, 3 February 2018
On Friday, the all-day warning strikes in the metal and electrical industries culminated with hundreds of thousands of workers on strike.
By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 3 February 2018
“If we support their struggle today, they will support our struggle tomorrow,” said a day laborer working multiple jobs in Paris.
By our reporters, 2 February 2018
Workers in the automotive and electrical industries are striking for a third consecutive day for higher wages and the voluntary reduction of the workweek.
By our reporters, 1 February 2018
Up to 500,000 workers are participating in one-day strikes in Germany’s automotive and electrical industries, the largest strikes in the sector for 15 years.
By Peter Schwarz, 31 January 2018
Germany’s biggest strike wave in 15 years is another sign that 2018 will see an intensification of class struggle internationally.
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 Dietmar Henning, 29 January 2018
Due to the militant atmosphere in the plants, the IG Metall union was compelled against its wishes to break off the fifth round of collective bargaining talks in Baden-Württemberg.
By Christoph Vandreier, 26 January 2018
The right-wing extremists of the AfD are being given critical posts on Bundestag committees that are crucial for the work of the parliament.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2018
The resolution commits Berlin and Paris to a major arms build-up and deep austerity to enable them to carry out military operations independent of Washington.
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 25 January 2018
The ruling elite cannot be permitted to bring to power the most right-wing government since the downfall of the Nazi regime, in the face of strong opposition from workers and young people.
By Gustav Kemper, 24 January 2018
The IG Metall leadership, which supports the formation of a new grand coalition government, is opposed to a broad mobilisation of workers against job cuts.
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 the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 20 January 2018
After a successful election campaign, the IYSSE is re-entering Humboldt University’s student parliament with two representatives.
By Johannes Stern, 19 January 2018
The leadership of the Social Democratic Party is trying to close party ranks and pave the way for a renewal of its grand coalition with the CDU/CSU leading up to the SPD special congress.
By Verena Nees, 19 January 2018
It is no accident that the German #MeToo campaign is being led by a newspaper close to the SPD, which has adopted the issue in the wake of its disastrous result in last autumn’s federal election.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 January 2018
About 150 students attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin Monday, in support of the IYSSE campaign for the student parliament elections.
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.
The merger of Germany’s Thyssen with Tata Steel
By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 January 2018
The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei calls upon steelworkers at ThyssenKrupp to reject the contract negotiated by the IG Metall trade union and to take measures to prepare a struggle to defend all jobs.
By Johannes Stern, 15 January 2018
Opposition within the population to the grand coalition’s anti-working class and militarist policies is enormous.
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 Ulrich Rippert, 13 January 2018
The IG Metall trade union is increasingly concerned by the unrest and radical atmosphere in the plants, but has indicated its readiness to compromise and reach a sell-out deal.
By Marianne Arens, 12 January 2018
The comments of German Ford workers make clear that a growing number of autoworkers understand the necessity of uniting internationally to combat the global corporations.
By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 January 2018
At a closed-door meeting of the Christian Social Union parliamentary group, Manfred Weber declared that in 2018 a central question would be “a final solution to the refugee issue.”
By Peter Schwarz, 11 January 2018
Amid widespread anger over social inequality and corporate job-cutting, there is a growing determination to fight for improvements in wages and working conditions.
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, 10 January 2018
The German censorship law is part of a comprehensive global campaign to control the Internet.
By Christoph Vandreier, 8 January 2018
Gabriel’s rhetoric, in his interview with Spiegel Online, is aimed at initiating a further escalation of German militarism and freeing Berlin from any restrictions.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 January 2018
VW’s mass firing of temporary contract workers is the prelude to sweeping job cuts and attacks on the gains of all autoworkers.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2018
There is a crisis over the formation of the government because the Christian Democrats, Christian Social Union and Social Democrats are preparing a sharp shift to the right, which finds no support among the population.
By Carola Kleinert, 5 January 2018
The Berlin Senate is increasingly pursuing the same racist course as the current conservative-social democratic federal coalition government.
By Johannes Stern, 4 January 2018
The new law is part of an international offensive to attack free speech online, aimed at suppressing left-wing and socialist views.
By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2018
A recent paper by the Bavarian Christian Social Union makes clear what the real questions are about forming the next government.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 December 2017
The longer negotiations on a new ruling coalition continue, the more likely leading business, political and media figures will press for a rapid change at the top of the government.
By Ludwig Weller, 28 December 2017
The document produced by the lead investigator shows that Volkswagen worked closely with the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985 in the persecution and torture of militant workers.
Was the 2016 terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market an “intelligence operation with deadly collateral damage?”
By Dietmar Henning, 28 December 2017
New documents prove that both the US and German secret services had an interest in assuring the free movement of the author of the terrorist attack.
By Wolfgang Weber, 27 December 2017
Over 100,000 pages of documents relating to the post-World War II head of the German Federal Intelligence Service and ex-Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen have been leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
By Marianne Arens, 23 December 2017
The management board, works council and IG Metall union have agreed on a drastic reduction in staff and labour costs at Opel to make the company more profitable.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 December 2017
Social inequality has reached a scale that is no longer compatible with democratic forms of rule.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2017
In an unlawful act, the police and state prosecutor have published online the photos of hundreds of demonstrators five months after the G20 protests.
By Ulrich Rippert, 21 December 2017
Ex-SPD leader and acting Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel is calling for his party to adopt the right-wing nationalist policies of Alternative for Germany.
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 Johannes Stern, 16 December 2017
Despite the ongoing government crisis, all the German bourgeois parties are driving forward the militarization of foreign policy.
By Marianne Arens, 16 December 2017
“One speaks of robots becoming more and more like humans, at Amazon it’s the other way round: humans become robots.”
By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2017
The leaderships of the Christian Democratic Union, Christian Social Union and Social Democrats met yesterday for the first talks on forming a new government.
By Johannes Stern, 13 December 2017
Dietmar Bartsch, the Left Party’s parliamentary leader, has followed Social Democrat Foreign Minister Gabriel in advocating an “assertive role” for Germany in the world.
Cancellation of exhibition about Jewish art collector in Germany raises issue of Nazi-confiscated art
By Sibylle Fuchs, 13 December 2017
Düsseldorf art gallery owner Max Stern’s art collection was auctioned under pressure from the Hitler regime in the 1930s and has remained largely unseen ever since.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.