Europe

Macron to deploy French army against “yellow vest” protests

By Anthony Torres, 21 March 2019

This is the first time since the 1954–1962 Algerian war that the army is to be mobilized in policing operations on French soil against the population.

On the eve of the presidential elections

Ukrainian far right mobilized in inter-oligarchic infighting

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 21 March 2019

Incumbent president Petro Poroshenko currently occupies third place in polls leading up to the March 31 election.

May asks Brussels for Brexit extension amid worsening political crisis

By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2019

If May’s extension is rejected by Brussels at a summit on Thursday, Brexit is set for March 29, in just nine days.

Russian Pabloites push for a “broad left” amid growing social discontent, advanced US preparations for regime change

By Clara Weiss, 20 March 2019

The ultimate aim of the Russian Socialist Movement’s proposed “broad left” is to divert the growing social and political opposition within the Russian working class into right-wing channels.

London’s Foyles Bookshop: Attendees discuss UK launch of Why Are They Back?

By our reporters, 20 March 2019

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to attendees at the launch of the English-language edition of  Why Are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany at London’s Foyles bookshop.

Three killed, five injured in Netherlands shooting

By Will Morrow, 19 March 2019

Before any substantive information came to light, Dutch and European authorities were alleging the shooter was linked to terrorism and religious extremism.

Hungary hit by strikes in public sector and auto industry

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2019

Nearly 10,000 public sector employees went on strike in Hungary last Thursday, protesting poverty wages and government policy.

Germany: 3,000 Bosch workers protest in Stuttgart against job cuts

By K. Nesan, 19 March 2019

The Bosch company is using the introduction of electric-powered autos to press ahead with the biggest job cuts in its history.

“Yellow vest” protesters support revolutionary movement in Algeria

By our reporters, 19 March 2019

At protests coinciding with the end of Macron’s fraudulent “grand debate,” “yellow vests” supported the developing struggle by Algerian workers and youth.

Mehring Books launches English-language edition of Why Are They Back? in London

By our reporter, 19 March 2019

Why Are They Back? by Christoph Vandreier documents the promotion of the extreme right in Germany and the ICFI’s struggle against it.

Socialist Equality Party of Germany certified to stand in European elections

By our reporter, 19 March 2019

The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party), German section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, will appear on the ballot throughout Germany in the May 26 European elections.

Anti-Semitic propaganda distributed at Polish parliament as government witch-hunts Holocaust historians

By Clara Weiss, 16 March 2019

The Polish government is engaged in an unprecedented witch-hunt of historians of the Holocaust and promotion of anti-Semitism.

Millions of students and youth march against climate change

By Bryan Dyne, 16 March 2019

The internationally coordinated protests, the largest in sixteen years, were organized in response to the failure of world governments and the ruling class to do anything to halt global warming.

Youth at global climate protests speak out on capitalism, socialism and scientific planning

By our reporters, 16 March 2019

Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site interviewed students who protested in countries around the world for action on climate change.

Corbyn props up May government after more Brexit vote defeats

By Robert Stevens, 16 March 2019

Ever since May took office as a minority dependent on the DUP, she has headed a government of permanent crisis, with her survival dependent on Labour leader Corbyn’s suppression of the class struggle amid a rising tide of anti-Tory sentiment.

Mehring Books exhibits at London Book Fair

By our reporters, 16 March 2019

The Mehring Books stand attracted a great deal of attention and interest, and the association of Mehring Books with the heritage of Trotskyism and its concern with fundamental historical questions was apparent.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7

German films: Economic and social tensions on the rise

By Bernd Reinhardt, 16 March 2019

The pursuit of naked profit interests and government-imposed austerity dominate an ever broader swath of life. Some of the German films at this year’s Berlinale point to the consequences.

Volkswagen announces thousands of layoffs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 14 March 2019

The slashing of up to 7,000 jobs by the world’s second largest automaker is part of an escalating assault on jobs throughout global auto industry.

Rise in UK opioid prescriptions contributes to surge in overdose fatalities

By Margot Miller, 14 March 2019

Nine out of 10 of the areas of England recording the highest number of prescriptions for opioids are in the largely de-industrialised and poverty-stricken north.

Extinction Rebellion: “Green” capitalism versus world socialism

By Steve James, 14 March 2019

The global environmental crisis is a powerful argument for the socialist reorganisation of society.

UK: May’s Brexit deal rejected by parliament again

By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2019

With just 16 days to go before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, no deal has been agreed on trading relations after Brexit.

Cambridge University’s planned involvement with military propaganda programme exposed

By Emanuele Saccarelli and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 13 March 2019

The Varsity student newspaper has exposed the proposed involvement of Cambridge University in England in a Ministry of Defence propaganda programme.

Voices at the London Solidarity Vigil in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

“We owe so much to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”

By our reporters, 13 March 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s Solidarity Vigil outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London to demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 6

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya: A satire from Macedonia “between anger and melancholy”

By Verena Nees, 13 March 2019

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival once again presented a number of documentary and feature films from eastern and southeastern Europe. Some took a new and refreshing approach.

The “Museum of Communist Terror”: Institute of historical falsification planned for London

By Thomas Scripps, 12 March 2019

The proponents of the museum hope to bury the popular appeal of socialism under a mountain of lies, to legitimate the far right and provide a spur to a devastating programme of social counterrevolution.

Socialist Equality Party files lawsuit against German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019

The SGP calls on all individuals, organizations, and institutions that defend democratic rights to support the suit against the secret service’s attacks.

The Socialist Equality Party’s lawsuit against Germany’s secret service

By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 12 March 2019

The following lawsuit was submitted by lawyer Dr. Pier Stolle to the Berlin administrative court on 24 January against the Federal Interior Ministry.

Chris Marsden at Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange

“Britain now plays the key role in the conspiracy to silence Julian Assange once and for all”

By Chris Marsden, 12 March 2019

This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden at the Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange held outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on March 10.

Emmy Butlin at London rally to defend Assange

“We need international solidarity to bring about a positive outcome in this struggle for freedom for Julian Assange”

12 March 2019

This speech was delivered by Emmy Butlin of the Julian Assange Defence Committee at the Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange held outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, on March 10.

What lies behind the campaign against famed conductor Daniel Barenboim?

By Clara Weiss, 12 March 2019

A central concern of the drive in Berlin against Barenboim must be his longstanding criticism of Israeli occupation and the oppression of the Palestinian people.

London Metropolitan Police cite Grenfell Inquiry to justify not pressing criminal charges

End collaboration with the inquiry now!

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2019

What is confirmed by the Met’s announcement is that the Grenfell Tower Inquiry is a filthy manoeuvre by the Conservative government, convened with the sole purpose of protecting the guilty from legal retribution.

Six million UK workers on low pay

By Barry Mason, 9 March 2019

Despite the Tory government’s perpetual rhetoric that “work pays,” reality shows being in work is no guarantee of escaping poverty.

European Central Bank announces major policy reversal

By Nick Beams, 8 March 2019

The decision by the ECB came as a result of what President Marion Draghi characterised as “substantial” downward revision of growth estimates for the region.

UK Labour Party members rebel against suspension of Chris Williamson MP for bogus claims of anti-Semitism

By Robert Stevens, 7 March 2019

Thousands of Corbyn supporters are demanding a full-scale confrontation with the Blairites and for them to be deselected and booted out, not Williamson.

André Previn, versatile composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 89

By Fred Mazelis, 7 March 2019

Previn was often compared to Leonard Bernstein, for the breadth of his achievements and his insistence on appealing to a broad public.

Macron publishes platform for European elections calling for EU police state

By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

Abandoning the threadbare pretense that he is advocating a liberal development policy, Macron hails the EU as a potential global military-police power.

Algerian workers in France speak out against Bouteflika regime

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

The anger that is erupting in mass protests against the Bouteflika regime in Algeria has provoked a wave of support in France.

Britain rejects International Court of Justice order to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius

By Jean Shaoul, 6 March 2019

The British government has rejected both the ICJ’s order and its unanimous ruling that its jurisdiction relates to a UN process of decolonization, not a dispute between two states.

Moldova election heralds political instability

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 6 March 2019

The election signalled the culmination of a protracted process of disintegration of the forces that defined the political establishment in Moldova over the last 20 years.

The assault on Jeremy Corbyn is a warning that must be heeded

By Chris Marsden, 6 March 2019

The March 3 attack on the Labour Party leader is the latest in a series of far-right provocations in Britain, pointing to the clear and present danger posed by the growth of far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe.

Germany: Socialist Equality Party submits candidates for the European elections

By our reporters, 6 March 2019

On Monday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) submitted the final signatures for its participation in the European elections.

UK councils and Tory government play down homeless numbers

By Tom Pearce, 5 March 2019

The number of people sleeping rough has grown 169 percent over the decade, with experts warning the death toll is set to rise.

Socialist Equality Party April meeting series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it”

Christoph Vandreier, German Trotskyist and prominent opponent of fascism, to speak in US

By our reporters, 5 March 2019

Vandreier is the deputy national secretary of the Sozialistiche Gleichheitspartei (SGP) and author of the newly published book, Why are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany.

One year since the Skripal poisoning

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2019

Even now there is no concrete evidence linking the regime of President Vladimir Putin with the Skripal poisoning—or even proof that novichok was involved.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4

Brecht: A new film about the famed left-wing German dramatist

By Stefan Steinberg, 5 March 2019

Interest in the playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is undergoing something of a revival.

Sixteenth week of protests: French “yellow vests” support strikes in North Africa

By Anthony Torres and Kumaran Ira, 4 March 2019

The “yellow vests” again took to the streets to demonstrate against French President Emmanuel Macron as protests mount against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Mass demonstration by public-sector workers in Berlin

By our reporters, 4 March 2019

Thousands of teachers and social workers in Berlin held a two-day warning strike last week.

Spain holds political show trial of Catalan nationalist defendants

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 4 March 2019

The Catalan nationalists’ prosecution on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for organising the 2017 independence referendum has no substance.

UK: The human cost of the right-to-buy housing crisis

By Charles Hixson, 4 March 2019

Local authorities now pay private landlords to house homeless families.

Workers, youth denounce police decision to close investigation of desecration of Marx’s grave

By our reporters, 4 March 2019

“Marx’s ideas are important for showing us how to understand the current world and society… and how to build a new one.”

Deportations from Germany to Maghreb states rise sharply

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 2 March 2019

Deportations from Germany to the Maghreb states rose 35 percent in one year, and 14-fold since 2015.

No to the witch-hunt of Chris Williamson!

Oppose the Blairites’ bogus claims of “left anti-Semitism”!

By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2019

This witch-hunt will not stop at Williamson and a few high-profile figures. A lynch-mob has been unleashed that will inevitably target thousands of Labour members.

British retail sector continues shedding thousands of jobs

By Simon Whelan, 2 March 2019

Some 19,000 high street jobs have been lost or put at risk in the two months since Christmas.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party sabotages fight against Ford Blanquefort plant closure

By Will Morrow, 2 March 2019

Leading NPA member Philip Poutou, a Ford employee and union official at Blanquefort, is seeking to prevent any fight by workers against the closure.

UK: Scapegoating of firefighters for Grenfell deaths exposes fraud of official inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 1 March 2019

What is taking place is class justice, in which the perpetrators of mass murder are walking free while firefighters are being targeted for blame.

France’s ruling parties launch anti-Muslim campaign against sports veil

By Will Morrow, 28 February 2019

Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.

Measles outbreak in Ukraine claims eight lives

By Jason Melanovski, 28 February 2019

The social crisis in Ukraine is a product of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the restoration of capitalism.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

Israeli films, Mr. Jones and Marighella

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 February 2019

This is the third in a series of articles on the recent Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, held February 7-17, 2019. The first part was posted on February 15 and the second on February 22.

UK Labour leader Corbyn endorses Blairite call for second Brexit referendum

By Robert Stevens, 27 February 2019

This week’s events signify that the Blairites have de facto total control over party policy, just over three years after they were annihilated by Corbyn in the leadership contest.

Attend March 10 Solidarity Vigil in London for Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2019

The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.

Resolution: Oppose the promotion of eugenics and pseudo-science at Cambridge University!

25 February 2019

The following resolution was adopted by a meeting in Cambridge convened by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), on Saturday February 23, 2019.

Labour right and Tories unite in new parliamentary group

By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2019

The formation of the IG confirms there are no principled political difference between the Tories and the Blairite right—including the dozens of MPs who remain in the party thanks to the refusal of Corbyn to drive them out.

US missile treaty withdrawal sparks global nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2019

A half-century after the Cuban Missile crisis brought humanity to within a hair’s breadth of destruction, Washington is fueling an even more dangerous global nuclear standoff.

French ruling elite attacks “yellow vests” while claiming to fight anti-Semitism

By Alex Lantier, 21 February 2019

The record of the PS and of President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the March (LRM) party exposes their pretenses to oppose anti-Semitism as a political fraud.

Anti-Semitic and far-right violence on the rise in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2019

Statistics shedding light on dangerous political developments in Germany were released over the past week.

German Left Party backs European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2019

In advance of its congress this weekend, the Left Party (Die Linke) has removed all criticism of the European Union from its European election programme.

Honda announces 3,500 job losses at Swindon, England

By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2019

The only realistic way for Honda workers to fight back is through the adoption of their own independent strategy.

Irish nurses’ union seeks to impose settlement after calling off strike

By Dermot Byrne, 20 February 2019

The INMO nurses’ union is betraying the struggle for a decent pay rise and better working conditions.

Alleging “Russian influence,” Facebook bans left-wing pages

By Andy Thompson, 20 February 2019

Facebook suspended four pages run by Maffick Media, including In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed, which posted content critical of US foreign and social policy.

Spanish government falls amid Catalan crisis

By Alejandro López, 16 February 2019

The major parties are set to run the most right-wing election campaign in Spain since the 1978 Transition to parliamentary rule, under cover of opposing Catalan separatism.

Germany: Public transport strike paralyzes Berlin

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

For much of Friday, all subways and trams in the capital stood still and most buses remained in their depots.

Nationwide public sector strike hits Portugal

By Will Morrow, 16 February 2019

Leading union officials have issued warnings to the government that its actions could trigger “uncontrollable” struggles by workers that they cannot prevent.

Munich Security Conference

German defence minister advocates German-European war policy

By Johannes Stern, 16 February 2019

Almost 75 years after the end of World War II, the imperialist powers are openly preparing for a new round of military conflicts.

Brexit divisions lead to intensified discussions on Conservative and Labour Party splits

By Robert Stevens, 16 February 2019

Theresa May suffered a further defeat in Parliament over her Brexit policy, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was further undermined by a sizeable rebellion by the party’s Blairite right wing.

A reply to Britain’s Community Security Trust

By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2019

The following is a reply by Socialist Equality Party (UK) national secretary Chris Marsden to Mark Gardner, deputy chief executive & communications director at the pro-Zionist Community Security Trust.

Tens of thousands strike in Berlin against poor working conditions

By our reporters, 14 February 2019

Tens of thousands of public sector workers took part in a one-day strike in Berlin on Wednesday. More than 10,000 people marched to the Brandenburg Gate.

One-day national strike paralyzes Belgium

By Will Morrow, 14 February 2019

Large parts of Belgium were brought to a standstill yesterday, as tens of thousands of workers took part in a national 24-hour strike to demand wage increases.

Italy: Mass demonstration in Rome against right-wing government

By Marianne Arens, 14 February 2019

The march was supported by workers, retirees and school students who want to fight the government’s right-wing policies. But the union leaders, Democratic Party representatives and pseudo-left politicians lent the rally a pro-business orientation.

“Turning Point UK:” A far-right offensive on British campuses

By Thomas Scripps, 14 February 2019

A check of its leading personnel exposes TPUK as a top-down operation of the Tory right, with the substantial backing of Turning Point’s US-based parent organisation and its fascistic supporters.

New study reveals more details on deadly flammable cladding used on Grenfell Tower

By Alice Summers, 14 February 2019

The study showed that ACM cladding is 55 times more flammable than the least flammable panels, with the PIR insulation used behind it at Grenfell Tower giving off smoke that was 15 times more toxic than the less flammable alternatives.

The show trial of the Catalan nationalists and the far-right danger in Spain

By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2019

In line with official politics across Europe, the ruling class in Spain is moving to build a police state and defending the legacy of 20th century fascism.

National 24-hour strike goes forward in Belgium

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2019

As strikes and protests grow across Europe, anger is mounting among Belgian workers at low wages enforced by state-run talks between business and the unions.

Germany: Social Democrats modernise austerity

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2019

The SPD passed the “Hartz IV” laws 14 years ago, implementing welfare “reforms” and laying the foundations for a huge low-pay sector and widespread poverty.

British government’s “Project After” plan for post-Brexit economic crisis

By Steve James, 13 February 2019

The Financial Times reported on a secret economic planning group in the British government, tasked with planning for a deep post Brexit economic crisis.

British troops given free hand to shoot civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Jean Shaoul, 13 February 2019

One soldier stationed in southern Iraq claimed he and fellow troops were told they were allowed to shoot anyone who acted suspiciously.

UK: Anti-Semitism witch-hunt provokes backlash in Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2019

The opposition of Corbyn et al. to all attempts to expel the Labour right has once again handed the initiative to the Blairites, despite Labour’s membership in overwhelming numbers hating everything they say and do.

UK rail workers demand reinstatement of conductor sacked for opposing Driver Only Operated trains

By our reporter, 11 February 2019

The SEP and the WSWS warn rail workers that the RMT bureaucracy cannot be trusted to defend the victimised worker, any more than they can to oppose the introduction of Driver Only Operated trains.

The CGT’s “national strike”: French unions seek to strangle the “yellow vest” protests

By our reporters, 9 February 2019

For the unions, the day of action was an opportunity for its base of officials and bureaucrats to meet with “yellow vest” protesters and seek to gain control of their movement.

German workers support rally against mass layoffs in Detroit

By our reporters, 9 February 2019

The WSWS received these messages of support for the February 9 demonstration from bus drivers, auto workers, and a tram mechanic.

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over “humanitarian aid” ploy

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2019

Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela’s social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country’s border.

French National Assembly passes police state “anti-riot” law targeting protests

By Will Morrow, 7 February 2019

Introduced in response to the “yellow vest” protests, the law marks a significant step in the transformation of France into a police state.

Berlin-based airline files for bankruptcy

By Ulrich Rippert, 7 February 2019

As in the case of the bankruptcy of Air Berlin, where Verdi and Lufthansa worked closely together, it is ultimately the workforce that will pay the costs of insolvency.

Stansted 15 anti-deportation protesters go free

By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2019

While avoiding jail sentences, the 15 were still found guilty and now have criminal records.

NHS 10-year plan: Recipe for further attacks on services and privatisation in UK

By Ajanta Silva, 7 February 2019

Under the banner of providing more choices, the government is ready to send more and more patients to private hospitals with the NHS footing the bill.

AfD deputy denounces a Holocaust commemoration in German parliament

By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2019

Seventy-four years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the crimes of the Nazi regime are being downplayed in the German Bundestag (parliament) without triggering any significant protest.

Paris steps up calls for coup in Venezuela

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2019

Amid growing repression of “yellow vest” protests, it is critical for workers in France and across Europe to oppose attempts to impose a far-right regime in Venezuela.

UK: Employment growth at the expense of pay and job security

By Alice Summers, 6 February 2019

While employment rates have being steadily rising since the 2008 global financial crash, this increase has gone hand in glove with growing levels of job insecurity and stagnant pay.

One hundred years since the death of Franz Mehring

By Peter Schwarz, 6 February 2019

Mehring was one of the leading Marxist theoreticians of his time. Unlike other leading Social Democrats, who shifted to the right, he joined the Spartacus League during World War I.

European Parliament backs US-led coup in Venezuela

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro Lopez, 2 February 2019

The European powers’ support for a brazen US coup in Latin America underscores that they are no less ruthless in their assertion of their predatory imperialist interests.

John Pilger to speak at March 3 Sydney rally to defend Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 2 February 2019

As well as John Pilger, the Sydney rally will be addressed by SEP National Secretary James Cogan. Cogan will also be the main speaker at the demonstration in Melbourne on March 10.