Europe

UK’s Brexit conflict reignited by US election crisis

By Thomas Scripps, 12 November 2020

Biden is expected to return to America’s traditional approach of pushing its interests within the European Union.

Far-right demonstration in Leipzig, Germany, supported by judiciary, police and government

By Peter Schwarz, 12 November 2020

Police in Leipzig not only permitted far-right demonstrators to run riot in the city, but they also actively supported them.

IYSSE meeting calls for a European-wide school strike against the policy of herd immunity

By our reporters, 12 November 2020

Speakers at Monday’s online meeting addressed the perspective of a continent-wide school walkout in the context of the growing resistance of the working class against their governments’ murderous policies.

German schools become coronavirus hotspots: 300,000 students in quarantine

By Gregor Link and Markus Salzmann, 12 November 2020

Although studies show that the closure of schools, day-care centres and non-essential businesses effectively slow down the increase of infections, governments in Germany and Europe generally reject such closures.

Three more bus drivers die in Britain as Covid-19 surges

By Barry Mason, 12 November 2020

Three more bus drivers have died in the UK from COVID-19, this time in Leeds, West Yorkshire and Kilmarnock, Scotland. The Leeds drivers were from the same depot, while the death in Kilmarnock was also part of a workplace cluster.

Young people hit hard by UK jobs massacre

By Margot Miller, 11 November 2020

More than one in 10 people aged 16-25 have lost their jobs, and just under six in 10 have seen their earnings fall since the coronavirus pandemic began.

As wildcat teacher strikes continue

French government escalates cover-up of COVID-19 infections in schools

By Samuel Tissot, 11 November 2020

Two government ministries published contradictory figures amid a state campaign to suppress public knowledge of COVID-19 transmission in French schools.

”We are being sacrificed for the profits of big business”

Teachers strike across France against Macron administration’s “herd immunity” policy for schools

By Will Morrow, 11 November 2020

The one-day strike followed a week of walkouts organized by rank-and-file teachers since the resumption of classes following the holiday break last Monday.

UK parents’ strike sabotaged by trade unions and Labour Party

By Charlotte Salthill and Laura Tiernan, 11 November 2020

National Education Union officials, led by Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted, feared that any promotion of the parents’ strike would draw behind it the active support of teachers.

EHRC “Investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party” A hatchet job in furtherance of a witch-hunt

By Robert Stevens, 10 November 2020

The Equality and Human Rights Commission not only fails to prove widespread anti-Semitism in the Labour Party but rules as undemocratic and an affront to human rights the disciplinary action taken against Corbyn and the party’s ban on criticism of its report.

UK National Health Service on the precipice due to COVID-19 surge

By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 10 November 2020

The burnout of staff, backlog of non-COVID patients and the surge of the pandemic are the responsibility of the deliberate and criminal policies of the Tory government, carried out with the tacit support of Labour Party and the trade unions.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) online meeting: The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism

10 November 2020

Readers of the World Socialist Web Site are invited to attend Sunday’s online meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) to discuss the anti-Semitism witch-hunt in the Labour Party, escalated by the suspension of its former leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Coronavirus pandemic spreads in France despite partial lockdown policies

By Jacques Valentin, 10 November 2020

In a press conference Monday, health director Jérôme Salomon warned that the “peak” remained “ahead of us,” and “the second wave is continuing.”

Coronavirus infections in Germany hit a new record

By Markus Salzmann, 10 November 2020

The situation is particularly tense in the capital. For the first time, Berlin is registering more than 15,000 active coronavirus cases.

For a general strike to close schools! Form rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, parents and students!

By Parti de l’égalité socialiste (France), 10 November 2020

Thousands of French teachers will join a nationwide strike today, as strikes voted by local staff meetings have shut dozens of schools since holidays ended Monday.

As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2020

This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

Migrant friend to Julian Assange dies in UK’s Belmarsh prison

By Thomas Scripps, 9 November 2020

The suicide of Manoel Santos has drawn attention to the UK government’s criminal practice of holding people facing deportation in prisons, even in maximum security institutions.

Irish teachers vote to strike as infection rates spiral

By Steve James and Dermot Quinn, 9 November 2020

Schools in the Republic of Ireland reopened last week after a two-week break, despite secondary teachers voting for strike action against dangerous working conditions if COVID-19 related safety measures were not put in place by October 30.

German public service union ensures smooth operation of public transport despite resurgence of coronavirus pandemic

By Andy Niklaus, 9 November 2020

Last week, Verdi dropped its demand for a uniform nationwide contract and signed separate agreements in two German states.

Kosovo’s President Thaçi charged with war crimes

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2020

Thaçi and other KLA leaders face prosecution on hundreds of counts of murder, as well as persecution and torture carried out during the war with Serbia between 1998 and 1999.

Manchester University students tear down 7-foot fence put up around their accommodation blocks

By Henry Lee, 7 November 2020

The protest on Thursday evening was a response to the fencing-in of students, seen as the last straw by residents fed up with the contemptuous and authoritarian treatment they have faced from university authorities.

In face of rising coronavirus infections, teachers, students, and parents express support for European-wide school strike

By Gregor Link, 7 November 2020

From a scientific standpoint, it has long been shown that schools and kindergartens are breeding grounds for the coronavirus.

French teachers’ strikes mount against school openings as pandemic surges

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2020

Teachers across France are continuing to organise strike action at local school meetings as they face catastrophic conditions.

Funeral workers strike in Spain; Secondary school teachers in Ireland strike vote; Zimbabwe health authority sacks over 1,000 striking nurses

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 November 2020

Spanish funeral workers in Madrid strike for more staff due to rising Covid deaths; Irish secondary school teachers vote to join growing global school walkouts against schools reopening; Union isolation paves way for sacking of Zimbabwean nurses on strike for four months

UK teachers, students and parents across England support strike action to close schools, welcome French teacher strikes

By Tania Kent, 6 November 2020

The UK’s lockdown vote took place on the deadliest day for the virus in the country since May, with 492 COVID-19 deaths reported. This was the highest fatality rate per capita of any country in the world that day.

Perpetrator of terror attack in Vienna was under state surveillance

By Peter Schwarz, 6 November 2020

The terror attack in Vienna—in common with similar attacks in France, the UK and Germany—serves as a welcome pretext for governments to create police states aimed at protecting the ruling classes from popular opposition and anger.

German political establishment demands foreign policy “sovereignty” after US elections

By Johannes Stern, 5 November 2020

Representatives of all parties are demanding a more aggressive foreign and military policy that is more independent of the United States.

Over 850 dead in 24 hours

After delayed and inadequate lockdown measures, COVID-19 second wave overwhelms France

By Jacques Valentin, 5 November 2020

The government’s policies are dictated by its willingness to tolerate catastrophic levels of death.

German teachers, students and parents oppose keeping schools open as pandemic spreads

By Gregor Link, 5 November 2020

As new COVID-19 cases explode due to the German government’s deliberate policy of mass infection, strong opposition to keeping schools open is growing.

Surge in coronavirus pandemic produces deadly situation in hospitals throughout Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 5 November 2020

Experts are warning of the consequences of a shortage of staff and intensive care beds as a massive increase in COVID-19 infections pushes hospitals throughout Europe to their limits.

As Boris Johnson’s partial lockdown begins: The working class must intervene to prevent COVID-19 catastrophe

By Thomas Scripps, 5 November 2020

The Labour Party and the trade unions stand exposed by this crisis as accomplices of the Johnson government. Opposition to the government is growing, but it can only go forward by developing a new political programme and leadership.

Jennifer Jones calls for united action in parents strike: “Are things serious enough for a mass walk out? How serious does it need to get?”

By our reporter, 4 November 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Boycott Return to Unsafe Schools leader Jennifer Jones about the parents strike they have called for this Thursday.

French police assault students demanding school shutdowns to stop coronavirus spread

By Will Morrow, 4 November 2020

Yesterday, French riot police tear gassed and broke up protests by high school students calling for the closure of their schools to halt the spread of the pandemic.

Parents’ strike called Thursday in UK against threat from COVID-19

By Laura Tiernan, 4 November 2020

The parents’ strike poses the need for a coordinated network of rank-and-file committees linking parents with teachers, students and broader sections of the working class to defeat the Johnson government’s “herd immunity” agenda.

Europe’s COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control

By Alex Lantier, 3 November 2020

European governments’ pretensions to have handled the pandemic more intelligently than the Trump administration have been exposed as a cynical and deadly fraud.

Four killed in terrorist attack in Vienna

By Clara Weiss and Johannes Stern, 3 November 2020

On Monday at 8 pm local time, a major terrorist attack occurred in the center of Vienna near the capital’s main synagogue.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government rejects calls for shelter-at-home policy

By Alejandro López, 3 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is helping keep workers at work and children at school so that profits can continue accruing to major banks and investors.

National Education Union belatedly begs Johnson government to close UK schools during lockdown

By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2020

The NEU itself envisages only a temporary closure of schools, calling for “rotas to be introduced at the end of the lockdown period.”

Teachers strike across France against first day of deadly school reopenings

By Will Morrow, 3 November 2020

Government policy means that schools will act as vectors for the transmission of the virus, countless children will become infected, and will infect family and friends.

UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as Johnson declares schools and campuses will remain open

By Margot Miller, 3 November 2020

Speaking at the meeting, Gregor Link explained, “The urgent political fight for safe education and life is bound up with the struggle for socialism.”

Metroline bus ballot shows massive strike mandate as Unite runs to ACAS

By Miles Driver, 2 November 2020

Unite’s response to the overwhelming strike mandate was to scurry without delay into the government’s Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

French students denounce inadequate partial lockdown

By Samuel Tissot, 2 November 2020

Students denounce abrupt, inadequate second lockdown as confusion and precarity loom large.

Pianist Igor Levit joins rally against far-right Alternative for Germany in Potsdam

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 November 2020

Only days after several German newspapers published vicious denunciations of Igor Levit, the world renowned pianist participated in a rally against the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Potsdam.

Johnson government forced into new national lockdown, but schools, universities and factories must stay open

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2020

The lockdown was forced on Johnson because coronavirus has escalated out of control since the economy was reopened in May, threatening to swamp the National Health Service and result in deaths on a scale dwarfing the height of the pandemic in spring.

Right-wing propagandists in Germany promote “herd immunity”

By Gregor Link, 2 November 2020

The deadly policies of the German government, sending workers back into workplaces and pupils into schools in the midst of the pandemic, are accompanied by a reactionary propaganda campaign by politicians and the media.

European Central Bank set to expand bond-buying program

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2020

ECB president Christine Lagarde has said the euro zone recovery is “losing momentum” amid a resurge of COVID-19 infections.

For a European-wide school strike against the pandemic

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 31 October 2020

If non-essential businesses, schools, and day-care centres are not immediately closed, the overloading of health care systems and the premature death of millions of people is inevitable.

Starmer begins purge of Corbyn supporters from UK Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 31 October 2020

To enforce its McCarthyite witch-hunt Labour’s “Governance and Legal Unit” declared that the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) “Investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party” could not be criticised by any party member.

Spanish police make ludicrous claim Russia plotted to invade Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 31 October 2020

Spain’s paramilitary police also made basesless allegations that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was party to a plot involving 10,000 Russian troops attacking Spain.

Clare Moseley on the horrific plight of English Channel migrants: “They are asking for help, but being treated like criminals”

By Laura Tiernan, 31 October 2020

The founder of refugee charity Care4Calais spoke with the WSWS about this week’s horrific loss of life on the English Channel, including the deaths of three children.

Jeremy Corbyn suspended by Labour leadership in latest outrage during Blairite anti-Semitism witch-hunt

By Chris Marsden, 30 October 2020

The political pretext on which Corbyn’s suspension was carried out, claiming the existence of widespread “left anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party under his leadership, is a slander not only against Corbyn, but of countless party members.

Teaching unions deepen collaboration with Johnson government’s “herd immunity” school policy

By Tania Kent and Tom Pearce, 30 October 2020

The insincere posturing of the education unions, including their polite letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and their call for part-time rotas in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 lockdowns, are aimed at stemming widespread anger among teachers to their rotten capitulations to the Johnson government.

The relaunch of the WSWS and the fight against fascism

By Johannes Stern, 30 October 2020

As in the 1930s, the great challenge is to provide the mass of the working population with a clear program and perspective.

The World Socialist Web Site, Corbynism and the struggle against opportunism

By Chris Marsden, 30 October 2020

The remarks below were delivered by Chris Marsden, the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

Three killed in terrorist attack on church in Nice, France

By Will Morrow, 30 October 2020

A lone attacker entered the building at 8:30 a.m. armed with a knife and attacked churchgoers who were attending the morning mass.

Germany: Public service workers up in arms against Verdi contract

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 30 October 2020

While politicians from all main political parties and union officials spread the fairy tale that the contract deal reached last weekend represents a victory for public service workers, those affected, however, are outraged.

Zimbabwe nurses’ and teachers’ strikes continue; National auto strike in South Africa; First national strike by doctors in Spain for 25 years

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 October 2020

Zimbabwean nurses face government threats to contract as strike continues for PPE and living wage; teachers’ strike in Zimbabwe threatened as unions write begging letter to government; national auto strike brings production in quarter of industry to halt.

The fight of the WSWS against the falsification of Marxism

By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2020

The WSWS’s Marxist internationalist perspective set it on an opposed class trajectory to a layer of middle-class parties based on a fusion of Stalinism and identity politics.

Priceless artefacts vandalised in Berlin museums

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 October 2020

While the police investigate “in all directions,” there is considerable evidence to indicate the involvement of far-right forces in the attacks.

Russian government issues mask mandate, opposes shutdown as COVID cases spike

By Andrea Peters, 29 October 2020

With coronavirus cases far outpacing their May peak, outbreaks are hitting medical facilities and cultural institutions across the country.

Germany’s Verdi union stabs public sector workers in the back

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29 October 2020

The deal struck by Verdi is scandalous, involving a minimal increase from the provocative initial offer made by the employers.

Johnson government’s war on migrants turns English Channel into a “graveyard for children”

By Laura Tiernan, 29 October 2020

Driven from their homes by British imperialism’s wars of aggression across the Middle East, these persecuted people have become the latest victims of the Johnson government’s xenophobic “deterrence” regime against immigrants and refugees.

Tens of thousands protest new restrictions on abortion in Poland

By Martin Nowak and Bartosz Wyspiański, 29 October 2020

Faced with exploding numbers of coronavirus infections, the Polish government confronts a deep crisis. With the new law, it is attacking democratic rights and seeking to mobilise extreme right-wing forces.

As COVID-19 surges in Europe, governments protect profits over lives

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 29 October 2020

If the resurgence of COVID-19 across Europe is not halted, it is a matter of only a few weeks before hospitals are overrun and masses of people cut off from treatment.

UK teacher describes disastrous lack of safety at reopened schools: “Teachers are at high risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19”

By Our reporter, 28 October 2020

Lucia tried to share a petition calling for PPE for teachers, with 200,000 signatures, with national media organisations but was ignored, including by the pseudo-left Socialist Workers Party.

Macron administration wages far-right campaign against “Islamo-leftism”

By Will Morrow, 28 October 2020

The term “Islamo-leftism” is used to define anyone who defends Muslims’ democratic rights and opposes French imperialism as accomplices of terrorism.

Belarus opposition declares general strike against Lukashenko government

By Clara Weiss, 28 October 2020

Walk-outs and demonstrations seem to have been centered among college and high school students.

As COVID-19 floods hospitals, Macron debates second lockdown in France

By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2020

Europe is recording over 200,000 new cases each day, with France among the continent’s worst-hit countries, regularly reporting 30,000 to 50,000 new cases daily.

Far right attacks scientists as coronavirus infections explode in Germany

By Gregor Link, 28 October 2020

On Saturday night, the Robert Koch Institute was the target of an arson attack. According to the police, unknown assailants attacked an institute building in Tempelhof-Schöneberg with several flammable objects.

French government whitewashes COVID-19 clusters in schools, universities

By Samuel Tissot, 27 October 2020

The reopening of in-person education has been a central element of the murderous, anti-scientific policy of “herd immunity” overseen by the French government.

UK Nightingale hospitals readied as pandemic threatens to overwhelm NHS

By Ben Trent, 27 October 2020

As the pandemic hit the UK, tens of thousands of operations were cancelled. The pressure to clear through this backlog, while simultaneously handling the resurgence of the virus, will have dire effects on an already beleaguered NHS.

Health care systems face collapse across Eastern Europe amid resurgent COVID-19 pandemic

By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2020

Poland’s leading epidemiologist pointed to parallels between current conditions in Poland and those in Italy earlier this year, when the health care system collapsed due to the number of infections.

The policy of “herd immunity” pushes Europe’s health care system toward the abyss

By Anthony Torres, 27 October 2020

With more than 50,000 new cases recorded in France on Sunday, there is a clear danger that hospitals and emergency rooms will once again be overwhelmed.

Right-wing press in Germany steps up attacks on pianist Igor Levit

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 October 2020

The Süddeutsche Zeitung editorial board’s initial defence of its article, as well as subsequent articles in Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Neue Zürcher Zeitung, reveal that these leading newspapers share essentially the same line as the far right Alternative for Germany.

Metropolitan Police arrest first person in relation to Grenfell inferno after 40 months

By Charles Hixson and Robert Stevens, 26 October 2020

It was reported in January that the police’s own study of the Grenfell Inquiry’s final report may take until 2025— eight years after the fire. Given this situation, it is possible that a decade will have passed since the fire before the police make any decisions.

Spain’s “left populist” Podemos separates migrant children from their parents

By Alejandro López, 24 October 2020

A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

With nearly a half-million COVID cases daily, WHO warns world is at a critical juncture

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 October 2020

With daily COVID-19 cases reaching nearly one-half million, the WHO warns if measures are not immediately taken to stem the exponential growth of the pandemic the health crisis will become catastrophic.

UK COVID-19 deaths surge to more than 1,100 over last week

By Robert Stevens, 24 October 2020

It was the premature ending of the national lockdown from June onwards, and the opening of schools, colleges and workplaces to facilitate the profitmaking of big business, that produced this disastrous situation.

Russian court extends prison sentence for historian of Stalinist terror to 13 years

By Clara Weiss, 24 October 2020

The brutal vendetta against Dmitriev speaks to the enormous fear of the Russian oligarchy about the growing interest in the historical truth about the October revolution and the Stalinist terror in broad sections of the population.

Catastrophic increase of coronavirus infections in Germany

By Gregor Link, 24 October 2020

Since January, over 380,000 people in Germany have been infected with COVID-19, more than one in ten within the last seven days.

“The forming of rank-and-file committees in schools is so important as the voices of teachers, students, carers, administration and many others are being ignored”

Worker in UK speaks out on the unsafe reopening of schools

By Our reporter, 24 October 2020

Colin spoke to the WSWS after participating in a recent meeting of the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in the UK.

Electoral defeat in Vienna for Austria’s far-right Freedom Party

By Markus Salzmann, 23 October 2020

The extreme right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) has suffered a major defeat in the state and municipal elections in the Austrian capital of Vienna on October 11.

Ten years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange published the Iraq War Logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 October 2020

The publication was an imperishable contribution to the fight against imperialist militarism, for which the war criminals and their political representatives have never forgiven Assange.

Anti-Muslim hysteria dominates French political establishment after terrorist killing of Samuel Paty

By Will Morrow, 23 October 2020

The anti-Muslim hysteria of the French political establishment is continuing, a week after the terrorist killing of Samuel Paty, a middle-school history and geography teacher in Conflans, on October 16.

Nigerian airport workers one-day strike; council workers continue land occupation in Zimbabwe; ballots for strikes by UK workers at Rolls Royce factory, Scottish university academic staff vote to strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 October 2020

Nigerian Federal airport workers stage one-day warning strike under conditions of mass unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa’s largest country—which has fueled mass protests against state violence.

UK parent speaks out about catastrophic “herd immunity” policy of Johnson government

By Our reporter, 23 October 2020

“Achieving herd immunity properly means protecting people through vaccination. It has never been shown that herd immunity can be achieved by allowing people to catch a virus and die.”

Germany’s Left Party embraces “herd immunity” policy

By Johannes Stern, 23 October 2020

“I am preparing myself for the fact that we must learn to live with coronavirus,” Left Party State Premier Bodo Ramelow said last week.

The pianist Igor Levit and the defense of culture against fascism

By David North and Clara Weiss, 22 October 2020

Levit has emerged as a powerful voice against the resurgence of neo-Nazism in Germany, which finds its most putrid expression in the growing political power of the Alternative für Deutschland.

Marcus Rashford’s fight against child poverty exposes Labour and trade unions’ partnership with Johnson government

By Barry Mason and Robert Stevens, 22 October 2020

Marcus Rashford has more fight in his little toe than the entire Labour and trade union bureaucracy.

No to police-state rule after the terrorist killing of French teacher Samuel Paty!

By Alex Lantier, 22 October 2020

The bankruptcy of communal terrorism is once more exposed. The state uses such atrocities as opportunities to whip up support for authoritarianism and nationalism.

COVID-19 pandemic surges despite limited curfew measures across Europe

By Anthony Torres, 22 October 2020

With 700,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths from the virus last week, health officials are warning mortality this winter could reach four to five times that in the spring of 2020.

David North presents Thirty Years of War at Frankfurt Book Fair

By our correspondents, 21 October 2020

North spoke with Johannes Stern, a WSWS editor and representative of Mehring Verlag, about the significance of the book and the socialist perspective upon which the analysis contained within it is based.

UK government steps up attacks on asylum seekers and refugees

By Julia Callaghan, 21 October 2020

The Conservative government has no intention of upholding the fundamental “right to asylum” section of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Europe on course for double-dip recession

By Nick Beams, 21 October 2020

The IMF’s forecast for a global recovery in 2021 is looking increasingly shaky in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

UK Labour and Tory politicians support herd immunity in Greater Manchester feud

By Thomas Scripps, 21 October 2020

What is animating Burnham’s opposition to the government are tactical differences and conflicting interests between different groups of capitalists, rather than any consideration of principle

UK COVID-19 “alert” system overseen by UK spy chiefs

By Julie Hyland, 20 October 2020

The decision to invest in this secretive body, rather than the National Health Service, is part of the policy of herd immunity, while using the pandemic to restructure economic and social relations and strengthen the state apparatus.

Macron launches anti-Muslim police-state crackdown after terror attack in France

By Will Morrow, 20 October 2020

Macron’s policy is indistinguishable from the fascistic ravings of National Rally leader Marine Le Pen.

COVID-19 resurgence devastates Spanish working class

By Alice Summers, 20 October 2020

Despite the devastation caused by COVID-19, the Socialist Party-Podemos government is refusing to take any serious measures to contain the pandemic.

IG Metall union demands state involvement at German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 20 October 2020

The billions in state funds being called for are aimed not at saving jobs, but preserving the fortunes of the big shareholders.

Cost-cutting and “visual appearance” main concerns for Grenfell Tower refurbishment

By Charles Hixson, 19 October 2020

David Gibson, KCTMO former heard of capital investment, explained last Wednesday that all his discussions at the time had been about cost and appearance. “The discussions we were having were: what does it look like, is it acceptable for planners and what’s the cost”.