By Daniel Jakob, 31 July 2020
This year is the hottest in Siberia since measurements began 130 years ago. The record heatwave is an extreme consequence of global climate change.
By Robert Stevens, 31 July 2020
England endured the longest continuous period of excess deaths out of 29 European countries.
By a socialist postal worker, 31 July 2020
To take forward the struggle in defence of postal workers’ health and to oppose the onslaught on jobs and pay demands the formation of rank-and-file committees.
By Johannes Stern, 31 July 2020
Six months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus to be a global health emergency, the situation in Europe is out of control for a second time.
By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2020
The Tories’ aim is to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus infections in the UK due to their own criminal policies.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 July 2020
The term “Homeland Security” (“Heimatschutz”), which appears eleven times in a short advertising text on the Ministry of Defence website, is a battle cry of the extreme right.
Germany: Stop right-wing terror! IYSSE student parliament campaign at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
By our reporter, 30 July 2020
Last Friday, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) held their first online campaign rally as part of the student parliament election at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
By Tania Kent, 29 July 2020
The hostility among teachers and parents to the unsafe reopening of schools is being met with propaganda to confuse, disorient and dissipate opposition.
By Dennis Moore, 29 July 2020
The benefit system has evolved from its post-war ethos as a “safety net” to one based on punishing the sick and disabled and coercing the unemployed into low-paid work.
By Chris Marsden, 29 July 2020
Political opposition to the criminal suppression of the Palestinians by Israel is being officially recast as a form of anti-Semitism, slandering and virtually outlawing a vast swathe of left-wing opinion.
By Alex Lantier, 29 July 2020
The lawsuit against Colombes Mayor Patrick Chaimovitch tramples on historical truth and basic democratic rights.
Russian pseudo-left provides neo-Stalinist justification for vendetta against historian Yuri Dmitriev
By Clara Weiss, 29 July 2020
Boris Kagarlitsky’s website Rabkor has published a commentary justifying the frame-up of Dmitriev, who has done valuable work in exposing Stalin’s crimes.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 July 2020
As it stands, the UK courts are continuing with Assange’s extradition process based on an outdated indictment.
By Robert Stevens, 28 July 2020
Spain was taken off the government’s “safe-travel” list with a few hours’ notice, after being put on it just weeks earlier
By Will Morrow, 28 July 2020
The unions’ central concern is to prevent a movement of the entire working class in France and across Europe against layoffs and European Union austerity measures.
By Alejandro López, 28 July 2020
The EU bailout Iglesias calls a “breath of fresh air” is the roll-out across Europe of the model of Greek bailouts after the 2008 crash, to repay trillions of euros given to the rich.
By Johannes Stern, 28 July 2020
The programme has two key goals: a major deployment of the army domestically, and the recruitment of new soldiers for external wars.
By Gustav Kemper and Wolfgang Weber, 28 July 2020
This attack has long been planned by the company, the Berlin state executive and the Verdi trade union. Now the coronavirus pandemic and impending closure of Tegel are being used as the excuse to implement it.
By Peter Symonds, 27 July 2020
Pompeo condemned those that “simply don’t have the ability, the courage to stand with us.”
With over 200,000 dead from coronavirus
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2020
Even before the pandemic has been brought under control in Eastern Europe, the premature ending of lockdowns in Western Europe is leading to a surge in new cases.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 July 2020
The public prosecutor’s office is investigating the executives for commercial fraud, balance sheet forgery, market manipulation, embezzlement of assets and money laundering.
Vote “NO” to British Airways pilots’ contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose BALPA sell-out!
By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2020
BALPA has been engaged in talks for three months with BA, which is preparing to lay off 12,000 of its 42,000 workforce.
By K. Nesan, 25 July 2020
Daimler workers and millions of employees in companies associated with the automotive industry should regard these dismissals as the beginning of a broad campaign of unprecedented attacks.
By Simon Whelan, 25 July 2020
According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 33 percent of academic staff in the UK were on fixed-term contracts in 2017–18.
London bus drivers launch crowdfund appeal for family of murdered French bus driver: “Help the family of Philippe Monguillot!”
By Laura Tiernan, 25 July 2020
London drivers launched the crowdfund for Monguillot’s family two weeks ago and are appealing for support.
By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2020
Conflicts unleashed by decades of imperialist war in the Middle East and the Mediterranean are now threatening to blow up the NATO alliance.
By Charlotte Salthill and Joyce Smith, 24 July 2020
A report by the Sutton Trust highlights the devastating impact of decades of austerity by Tory and Labour governments, with the pandemic triggering an existential crisis for early years education.
By Paul Bond, 24 July 2020
More than half of manufacturing companies said they will make redundancies in the next six months, with a further 20.1 percent saying they might.
By Marianne Arens, 24 July 2020
As with the outbreaks at other German slaughterhouses, the politicians’ main concern is keeping production running so profits continue to pile up.
By Clara Weiss, 24 July 2020
The central role of anti-Semitism in the official campaign of the ruling PiS has no precedent in Poland since the end of the Nazi occupation in World War II.
Icelandair cabin crew reject contract, threatened with sacking; Israel’s nurses, social workers strike; Zimbabwe nurses’ strike continues
24 July 2020
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By Johannes Stern, 23 July 2020
With the revival of German militarism, the militaristic traditions that are historically linked above all to the Soldateska of the Kaiserreich (Imperial Empire) and the Wehrmacht (armed forces of Nazi Germany) are inevitably returning.
By Robert Stevens and Charles Hixson, 23 July 2020
The criminal decision to use flammable cladding was the main factor in turning the tower block into a death trap.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 July 2020
British politics is ever more closely mirroring US politics, where conflicts within the ruling class are fought out through the prism of anti-Russian hysteria, with anti-democratic and militarist implications.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2020
The Frankfurt “riots” are being used by the German government to increase police powers and justify and strengthen radical right-wing structures in the state apparatus.
By Laura Tiernan, 22 July 2020
The R-rate, which the government previously said must stay below 1.0 to prevent exponential growth, has risen to 1.0 in almost every area.
By Joe Mount, 22 July 2020
ASOS engaged in profiteering during the health emergency, continuing its operations in defiance of restrictions that only “essential” workplaces should remain open.
By Steve James, 21 July 2020
Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team has warned of a second wave of COVID-19 infection as the Central Bank warns of a “severe negative shock”.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 July 2020
The Ministry of Health in Vienna reported 157 positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday, the highest number since April 10.
By Margot Miller, 21 July 2020
The government is intent on depriving the survivors, the bereaved and the public of the truth behind this heinous crime.
By Alejandro López, 20 July 2020
Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.
By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020
The disease particularly affects workers who do not have the opportunity to remain at home and maintain social distancing.
By Will Morrow, 20 July 2020
While the structure of the building so far appears to have been saved, the greatest losses are the organ and stained-glass windows behind it, which were destroyed.
By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 20 July 2020
Tata Steel has revived its long-standing “reorganisation plans,” exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to eliminate an estimated 1,250 to 3,000 jobs.
By Marianne Arens, 20 July 2020
At the Tönnies plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, and the district of Gütersloh where it is located, 244 people are still registered as sick due to the coronavirus.
New terrorist threats against politicians, artists and journalists
By Christoph Vandreier, 18 July 2020
The threats are intended to intimidate the widespread opposition to the right-wing policies of the grand coalition of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD).
By K. Nesan, 18 July 2020
In an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung, Daimler personnel manager Wilfried Porth threatened to increase the number of jobs to be shed at the auto company.
By Will Morrow, 18 July 2020
Mélenchon’s criticism of the Macron administration is from the right: that it is not sufficiently aggressive in its pursuit of French imperialist interests.
By Robert Stevens, 18 July 2020
The collapse in the number of workers in employment takes place along with a drastic fall in hours for those remaining in a job, and a fall in wages.
By Laura Tiernan, 18 July 2020
Johnson’s homicidal plans to end home working and lift public transportation restrictions reveal a financial oligarchy hell-bent on driving millions back to work no matter what the cost in human life.
By Barry Grey, 18 July 2020
The United States is most nakedly pursuing a nationalistic course, aimed at enriching American oligarchs and deploying the vaccine not as a means to save lives, but as a weapon against countries in the crosshairs of US imperialism.
By Thomas Scripps, 18 July 2020
The signatories have all either hitherto kept a criminal silence over Assange’s persecution, or, in the case of Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Long-Bailey, found their voice only after losing leading positions in the Labour Party.
By Tony Robson, 17 July 2020
The outbreak among the 1,000 plus workforce demonstrates that the highly exploitative and unsafe practices of the Boohoo Group extend across the supply and distribution network.
By Charles Hixson, 17 July 2020
The July 7 announcement, impacting 650 workers, followed reports of the crisis facing the royal budget.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 July 2020
US President Donald Trump was quick to boast of his administration’s responsibility for the UK’s volte face.
“We’re just cannon fodder. This is a policy about economics not safety.”
By our reporters, 16 July 2020
The Johnson government plans to fully reopen schools nationally in September despite the heightened risks from COVID-19 transmission.
Transport for London downplayed COVID-19 dangers to bus, rail and tube workers in critical early months
By Laura Tiernan, 16 July 2020
New documents reveal that TfL focused on operational efficiency at the expense of workers’ lives.
By Dennis Moore, 16 July 2020
Almost 230,000 tenants across England have fallen behind with rent payments since the start of the pandemic.
By Max Linhof and Jan Ritter, 16 July 2020
Stuttgart’s police chief Franz Lutz said “nationwide searches” would be conducted at registry offices, “to determine the migration background (of individual suspects).”
Verfassungsschutz Report 2019: German secret service downplays threat of Nazi terrorism and attacks socialist politics
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 16 July 2020
The year 2019, on which the report focuses, was characterised by a surge in right-wing terrorism, but hardly a word on this threat is to be found in the Verfassungsschutz report.
By Will Morrow, 15 July 2020
The deal has been hailed by the Macron government and international media as an “historic” sign that health staff are receiving just recognition for their sacrifices.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2020
The modelling is based on deaths in hospitals alone and not in care homes and other settings.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2020
This is the latest, and one of the largest, workplace outbreaks in the UK since the ending of the national lockdown by the Johnson government.
By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2020
The Facebook site of the group has created a map of school closures due to outbreaks, which is a powerful source of information for parents.
By Christoph Vandreier, 15 July 2020
There are close links between Germany’s secret services, its government and the right-wing extremist milieu not only in Saxony, but throughout the country.
By Max Linhof and Jan Ritter, 15 July 2020
Germany’s Green Party presented a draft party programme in Berlin on 26 June entitled “To care and protect ...”
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 July 2020
The intention is to keep the public in the dark forever on the background to the killings and the people behind it, especially the role of the security services.
By Alex Lantier, 15 July 2020
A week of protests has followed President Aleksandar Vučić’s announcement that a curfew would be re-imposed in Serbia amid a rapid resurgence of COVID-19.
By Clara Weiss, 15 July 2020
Governor Furgal of the far-right LDPR was arrested by the FSB and charged with involvement in the murder of multiple businessmen.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 July 2020
Workers have been raising safety concerns for months, but have been smothered by the continued inaction of government agencies and local politicians.
By Harvey Thompson and Charlotte Salthill, 14 July 2020
The report notes, “Families who were already enduring hard, challenging lives have had to survive lockdown in the most appalling circumstances.”
By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2020
The message was clear: despite the massive increase in infections and deaths, there would be no new lockdown.
By Jacob Crosse, 13 July 2020
Special provisions in the CARES Act as well as executive exceptions allowed the largest religious organization in the world to receive government funds.
By John Vassilopoulos, 13 July 2020
The Bill was voted into law after thousands of workers protested in Athens and throughout Greece.
By Robert Stevens, 13 July 2020
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK have set up a petition calling for an “immediate inquiry” that has been signed by over 154,000 people.
By Will Morrow, 13 July 2020
As far as the capitalist class is concerned, if more workers die, particularly elderly workers no longer able to produce profits for employers, this can be a positive good.
By Alejandro López, 13 July 2020
Vox intends to exploit the reactionary role played by Spain’s main unions, which support the austerity policies of the ruling Podemos and Socialist parties.
By Helmut van Heiken, 13 July 2020
The representatives of over 30,000 students demanded that the university administration end its support for Baberowski and that he face consequences for threatening and assaulting students.
By Alice Summers, 11 July 2020
The inquiry restarted after a three-month delay amid widespread outrage from survivors and the bereaved over further proposed delays.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 July 2020
BMW is using the coronavirus pandemic and relying on the trade unions to implement long-worked out plans to restructure and destroy jobs.
By Ulrich Rippert (SGP national secretary), 11 July 2020
Janine Wissler, chairwoman of the Hesse state parliamentary faction of the Left Party, has repeatedly received email death threats.
By Alice Summers, 10 July 2020
After ending the national lockdown, the Podemos-PSOE government is rejecting a coordinated response, leaving regional authorities with managing outbreaks.
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2020
Sunak’s declaration that “we can’t protect every job” is the understatement of the century. Companies are announcing thousands of redundancies every day amid warnings of unemployment reaching 5 million by next year.
By Will Morrow, 10 July 2020
The report exposes the Franco-German-led war as a neo-colonial intervention to subjugate the resource-rich and geo-strategically critical region and its population.
By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2020
Less than two weeks after it kicked off a media frenzy, the Times published an editorial effectively conceding that there was no factual basis for its reporting that Russian military intelligence had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2020
There are growing fears in the German government of preparations for a right-wing putsch.
By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2020
W ith the help of the IG Metall union, management is passing on the costs of the coronavirus pandemic, e-mobility and digitalization to the workers.
After police killing of Badreddin Abadlla Adam
By Steve James, 9 July 2020
Two weeks after the police killing of 28-year-old Sudanese man Badreddin Abadlla Adam, asylum seekers in Glasgow continue to face appalling conditions.
By Paul Bond, 9 July 2020
The limited financial assistance provided is based on the Johnson government’s claim that the pandemic is on the wane and that theatre, dance and music venues will soon be able to get back to relying on revenue from the paying public.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 July 2020
Government ministers have struck a pose of outrage at a situation they have ignored for years and want to replicate across the country.
By Tony Robson, 8 July 2020
Local authorities and the trade unions have worked to conceal the criminality of the corporations so as not interfere with the premature re-opening of the economy.
By Alice Summers, 8 July 2020
As assaults on jobs and conditions mount across Spain, the unions are trying to suppress autoworkers’ opposition to the closure of Nissan’s Barcelona factory.
By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2020
The decade-long civil war between rival imperialist-backed warlords triggered by the 2011 NATO war in Libya is spiraling out of control.
By Nick Beams, 8 July 2020
The key factor in the decision was the move by the Trump administration in May to ban the use of US software in Huawei’s operating systems.
“Literacy is a clean window onto the world ...”
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 July 2020
The Soviet literacy campaign remains the largest and most successful in world history.
By Robert Stevens, 7 July 2020
Workers have been laid off particularly heavily in the retail, travel, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors.
By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2020
The video shows a view into a canteen, where hundreds of employees sit and eat close to each other at the tables.
By Gustav Kemper, 7 July 2020
In common with many other businesses, Commerzbank is using the coronavirus pandemic to implement preexisting plans to shed jobs and close branches.
By Will Morrow, 7 July 2020
Since Castex’s appointment as prime minister Friday, it is already clear the new cabinet will be charged with escalating the anti-worker policies of the previous one.
By Ulrich Rippert and Marianne Arens, 6 July 2020
With the pandemic, which has led to the deepest international economic crisis since the 1930s, the role of unions as tools of the corporations is taking on a new dimension.