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German Chancellor promotes rearmament and war in speech to parliament

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.

Germany: SPD leadership seeks to fool party members in vote on grand coalition

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.

Report by German armed forces commissioner prompts calls for rearmament

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.

The 2018 Munich Security Conference and the emerging conflict between the US and Europe

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.

German Greens criticize lack of military “readiness”

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.

The Munich Security Conference and Germany’s return to world power politics

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.

Germany: Youth leader Kühnert seeks to save the SPD—and the state

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.

Munich Security Conference threatens war on all fronts

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.

German defence minister delivers war-mongering speech at Munich Security Conference

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2018

A rearmament offensive is being prepared, comparable only to that of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in the 1930s.

War clouds gather over Munich Security Conference

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.

Germany: The coalition agreement and the return of militarism

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.

German grand coalition planning major military build-up

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.

German government plans massive military expansion in Iraq

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.

Germany: The resignation of Martin Schulz

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.

New NATO headquarters planned in Germany

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.

French media endorse plan for anti-worker Grand Coalition government in Germany

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.

Reject German coalition pact! Make public all secret agreements!

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.

YouTube censors video opposing far-right Alternative for Germany

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.

German parties reach agreement on grand coalition for war and austerity

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.

Berlin Senate plans increase in police powers

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.

IG Metall union shuts down strike by hundreds of thousands in Germany

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.

Germany’s Grand Coalition for austerity and war

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.

Hamburg police searching for G20 protesters Europe-wide

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.

Nothing learned from Auschwitz

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.

German grand coalition parties negotiate over rearmament and war

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.

Half a million metalworkers participate in strikes in Germany

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.

French workers support growing mass strikes in Germany

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.

German industrial workers shut down auto sector as strikes spread

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.

Tens of thousands of German industrial workers on strike

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.

Hundreds of thousands of industrial workers strike in Germany

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.

Germany: Why is the SPD youth wing campaigning against a grand coalition?

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.

German industrial workers poised to launch massive strikes

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.

Far-right Alternative for Germany receives cross-party support

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.

German, French parliaments prepare new alliance, 55 years after Elysée treaty

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.

For new elections and a socialist alternative to Germany’s grand coalition

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.

Germany: IG Metall seeks to impose new contract

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.

Germany: IG Metall greets far-right AfD participants at union protest

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.

German SPD congress agrees to initiate coalition talks with conservatives

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.

Germany: Sharp conflicts inside the Left Party

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.

IYSSE secures re-election to student parliament at Berlin’s Humboldt University

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.

Germany: SPD leadership steps up pressure for coalition with Merkel

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.

German newspaper Die Zeit and SPD back #MeToo witch-hunt

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.

One hundred and fifty attend IYSSE event at Humboldt University on Karl Marx bicentenary

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.

German trade unions beat the drums for another grand coalition

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

Vote “No” on union-backed steel contract! Defend all jobs!

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.

For new elections and a socialist offensive against the grand coalition in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 15 January 2018

Opposition within the population to the grand coalition’s anti-working class and militarist policies is enormous.

German conservatives and Social Democrats agree to coalition talks

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.”

German industrial workers continue strikes

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.

German Ford workers express solidarity with their Romanian co-workers

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.

German politician proposes “final solution” of the refugee question

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.”

160,000 industrial workers strike in Germany

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.

Workers must demand new elections in Germany!

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.

Twitter censors German satirical magazine

By Johannes Stern, 10 January 2018

The German censorship law is part of a comprehensive global campaign to control the Internet.

German foreign minister demands aggressive assertion of great power interests

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.

Volkswagen plans to dismiss all temporary contract workers in German plants

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.

German conservatives and Social Democrats prepare formation of far-right government

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.

Berlin Senate authorises brutal deportation of refugee family before Christmas

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.

Germany’s “Network Enforcement Law” goes into effect: A move to censor the Internet

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.

Incoming German government plans massive military rearmament

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.

Germany: Demands grow for Merkel’s resignation

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.

VW colluded in torture of militant workers during military dictatorship in Brazil

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.

How former Nazi official Reinhard Gehlen erected a state within a state in post-war Germany

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.

Massive job cuts at Opel and Vauxhall

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.

Social inequality and Germany’s government crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 23 December 2017

Social inequality has reached a scale that is no longer compatible with democratic forms of rule.

German police publicly name and shame G20 protesters

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.

German Social Democratic Party follows the path of far-right Alternative for Germany

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.

Germany: SPD leadership officially explores entering coalition with the Christian Democrats

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.

German parliament extends foreign military missions with support of the far-right AfD

By Johannes Stern, 16 December 2017

Despite the ongoing government crisis, all the German bourgeois parties are driving forward the militarization of foreign policy.

Amazon conducts total surveillance of workers in new German plant

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.”

Germany: SPD and Christian Democrats initiate exploratory talks on new government

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.

German Left Party supports SPD foreign minister’s great power politics

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.

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.