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 Alex Lantier, 11 January 2018
The courageous column published by 100 women in Le Monde criticizing the #MeToo campaign has provoked a venomous response from the French state machine.
By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2018
Backed by the European Union, President Emmanuel Macron is using his labor decrees to try to scrap basic social rights won by the working class.
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 Michael Barnes, 8 January 2018
As dangerous incidents begin to escalate, the rail companies and the Tory government refuse to retreat in their war against conductors’ jobs.
By Tony Robson, 8 January 2018
At no point have Unite, GMB, the retail workers union, USDAW, or any other, even mooted a fight in defence of a single job.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2018
NHS employees now often refer to the conditions they face at work as a “battlefield” or “war zone.”
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 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 Steve James, 30 December 2017
Three days before Christmas, Prime Minister Theresa May rejected a petition set up by a survivor of the July Grenfell Tower inferno in London.
By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2017
The announcement of mass layoffs by Europe’s second-largest automaker is part of a relentless international assault on workers' jobs, working conditions and social rights.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 December 2017
Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy is under pressure from some quarters to consider negotiations, but there is no indication of a climbdown on his part.
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 Ajanta Silva, 23 December 2017
The Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group accidentally disclosed a backdoor payment of £328,000 to Virgin Care, owned by billionaire business mogul Richard Branson.
By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 23 December 2017
Although workers effectively took control of the yards, the GMB and Unite trade unions were at pains to insist the action was a “work-in.”
By Peter Schwarz, 23 December 2017
Social inequality has reached a scale that is no longer compatible with democratic forms of rule.
By Robert Stevens, 22 December 2017
The contrived campaign at Westminster over sexual impropriety has caused the suicide of one leading Welsh Labour member and the sudden death of a Labour Party staffer—also believed to be a suicide.
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 Robert Stevens and Margot Miller, 22 December 2017
Haringey Labour Council will commence the demolition of 1,000 council homes and the building of luxury accommodation that only the wealthiest can afford, in one of the largest acts of social cleansing in the capital.
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 Peter Schwarz, 19 December 2017
Politicians with close ties to the neo-Nazi scene and ultra-right circles now wield power in Austria.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2017
The marchers carried photographs of those who had perished in the Grenfell fire, and held large green heart-shaped banners and placards with slogans including “Justice for Grenfell” and “We demand the truth.”
By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2017
In a country where the ruling class resorted to dictatorship in the early 1930s, and largely backed the 1938 Anschluss with Nazi Germany, the shadow of the past has returned.
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 Anthony Torres, 16 December 2017
Laurent Wauquiez won The Republicans (LR) party presidency by attacking Muslims and gay marriage, prompting speculation that LR will seek neo-fascist alliances.
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 Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 14 December 2017
On June 14, in the wealthiest borough of one of the very richest of capital cities, working class residents were burned to death because their home had been turned into a death trap.
By Paul Bond, 14 December 2017
A new three-part documentary shows how the Grenfell Tower inferno exposed the realities of class oppression and social inequality in the most brutal way.
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.
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 reporter, 12 December 2017
Six months after the Grenfell Tower inferno, more than half of the households that require rehousing remain in temporary accommodation, including many children.
By Chris Marsden, 9 December 2017
The European Union will likely allow the UK to move on to the next stage of discussion on the terms of Brexit, focusing on a future trading relationship.
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 Ajanta Silva, 9 December 2017
In his budget, Tory Chancellor Hammond allocated a derisory £2.8 billon for the NHS over the next three years, under conditions in which the combined deficit of NHS trusts alone stood at £770 million last financial year.
By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2017
Following Trump’s unprecedented public attack on the Prime Minister, the alliance between the two countries has never been shakier.
By Francis Dubois, 2 December 2017
Faced with the disastrous results of the imperialist wars in Libya and the Sahel, the European Union is proposing to intensify its neo-colonialist and military interventions.
By Dennis Moore, 2 December 2017
A new study by the homeless charity Shelter shows widespread and pervasive homelessness across the UK, with an additional 13,000 without accommodation in the last year alone.
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 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.
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.
By John Newham, 27 November 2017
As more disputes erupt, the unions are doing everything to contain the situation and oppose any united offensive by transport workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 18 November 2017
The report avoids any reference to the fire’s origins in national and local policy decisions, including the deregulation and privatisation of fire safety and building control, as well as fire service cuts.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2017
The sordid tale of Department for International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s fall from grace and resignation highlights the true content of Britain’s “aid” policy.
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.
By Chris Marsden, 11 November 2017
European Union officials have let it be known that they are making contingency plans based on Prime Minister Theresa May not surviving beyond the end of this year.
By Simon Whelan, 11 November 2017
Attempts to stifle information over the Grenfell Tower inferno come as it has been revealed that 52 London tower blocks are similarly clad in flammable material.
By Julie Hyland, 10 November 2017
Friends and colleagues denounced Sargeant’s treatment, saying that he had been “thrown to the wolves,” despite none of the allegations being subject to investigation by the police.
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.
SEP national secretary proposes “Capitalism Has Failed” at St Andrews University Union Debating Society
By our reporter, 7 November 2017
Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, won substantial support for the proposition that capitalism is an “abject failure.”
By Alex Lantier, 6 November 2017
Criticisms of Spain’s handling of the Catalan crisis from within European ruling circles reflect concerns that Madrid’s actions could provoke explosive popular opposition.
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.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 4 November 2017
The expiration of France’s two-year state of emergency does not signify a return to conditions before 2015, but stepped-up attacks on democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2017
As well as facing delays in receiving the Universal Credit payments, many of those on the benefit face punitive “sanctions” aimed at cutting the pittance they receive even further.
By Julie Hyland, 3 November 2017
The sex scandal engulfing Britain’s parliament sprang to life following that involving American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 2 November 2017
The attempt by Madrid and the EU to impose a dictatorial regime, whether or not this is sanctioned by imposed elections, must be opposed by the entire Spanish and Catalan working class.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2017
Ten days after the Austrian parliamentary elections, the conservative Austrian People’s Party has begun negotiations to form government with the far-right Freedom Party.
By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017
The auction in London met up with the feeling of solidarity that many people have with those devastated by the fire.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 28 October 2017
The Senate vote marks a historic collapse of democratic forms of rule in Western Europe and a return to authoritarianism, posing an urgent threat to the working class.
By Alejandro López, 28 October 2017
The Catalan regional parliament on Friday voted a resolution for independence from Spain and the start of a “constituent process” to draft a new constitution.
By Ajanta Silva, 28 October 2017
214 out of 224 acute hospitals operated without an adequate level of nursing staff during day shifts last October, while 85 percent of them did not have proper staff levels on night shifts.
By Ross Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 27 October 2017
Many working class people will be forced out of a borough where 48 percent of households have either no savings or are in debt.
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.
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.
By Dennis Moore, 23 October 2017
Job losses at Vauxhall and BAE Systems are among thousands of cuts across the UK as the economy stagnates.
By Alex Lantier, 21 October 2017
EU heads of state applauded Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy’s moves to impose dictatorial rule in Catalonia because they are preparing similar attacks on the working class across Europe.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 October 2017
The Spanish Socialist Party is working closely with Spain’s right-wing government to extra-legally oust the current regional government in Catalonia.
By Derek Bell, 21 October 2017
Mark Rutte of the VVD remains prime minister, but in coalition with three other right-wing parties rather than the Social Democrats, whose vote collapsed.
By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017
London has 32 boroughs, of which just 21 answered a survey on the cost of planned remedial safety work.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2017
The statement of Tsipras that he shares “common values” with Trump exposes not only Syriza, but all of the middle-class “left” parties internationally that promoted it.
By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017
Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 October 2017
The ability of far-right parties to obtain a broader hearing for anti-immigrant and racist policies is the result of the absence of any progressive outlet for social discontent within the political establishment.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 10 October 2017
Rudd’s initial focus is on clamping down on opposition to British imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, but this will inevitably be extended to cover all anti-war sentiment and commentary.
By Alejandro López, 7 October 2017
Spain’s political establishment is openly talking of invoking Article 116 of the Spanish constitution, laying the basis for the imposition of martial law.
By Robert Stevens, 7 October 2017
Theresa May only remains in place to keep the party together and avoid an eruption of unrestrained factional warfare.
By Alex Lantier, 6 October 2017
The European Union is supporting Madrid's plans for a bloody military-police intervention in Catalonia and to impose a state of emergency across Spain.
By Alejandro López, 6 October 2017
Voices in the Spanish press are calling for imposing various states of emergency that would suspend basic democratic rights and hand power to the army.
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.
By Dennis Moore, 6 October 2017
Many of the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell fire suffered mental health problems following that terrible event.
By Paul Mitchell, 5 October 2017
The Ministry of Defense has dispatched army units to support the Civil Guard and national police in a possible further crackdown on the Catalonian population.
After Madrid’s violent crackdown:
By Keith Jones, 5 October 2017
A struggle to rally workers and youth to an internationalist orientation can only be waged in uncompromising opposition to the violence unleashed by the Madrid government.
By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2017
Despite the “socialist” rhetoric they may spout, the pseudo-left and Stalinist groups are all in fundamental agreement with McDonnell—the job at hand is to defend capitalism.
By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017
The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.
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.
Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes
By Steve James, 4 October 2017
The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.
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.
By Steve James, 3 October 2017
Monarch is the third major European airline to go under this year.
By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2017
The pseudo-left groups are desperate to conceal the fact that the many local Labour authorities have imposed austerity on behalf of the government for years.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017
Over 20 people, half of whom were local residents, attended the first meeting of the Grenfell Fire Forum last Saturday at the Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington, London.
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.
By Steve James, 30 September 2017
The ruling elite are calling for powers to exclude whole sections of the population from internet use, as and when politically convenient.