Germany

European election: SGP holds its second campaign meeting in Frankfurt-Main

By our correspondents, 20 April 2019

In Frankfurt, SGP Chairman Ulrich Rippert highlighted the importance of the International Committee of the Fourth International and its perspective of a United Socialist States of Europe.

German government adopts new law to expand immigrant deportations

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2019

With its new law, the grand coalition is in effect enforcing the far-right policies of the Alternative for Germany.

Germany: SPD and Greens act as stooges for the far-right in Hamburg

By Sybille Fuchs, 19 April 2019

The coalition which controls the Hamburg Senate is acting as an extension of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) against anti-fascist students, teachers and parents.

Socialist Equality Party candidate in European elections appears on German TV

By our reporter, 18 April 2019

On Wednesday, Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei candidate Saravan Ratnamaheson was interviewed by Südwestrundfunk, one of Germany’s largest public TV stations.

Frankfurt students protest presence of far-right Alternative for Germany on university campus

By Marianne Arens, 18 April 2019

Defying protests by students, politicians from all of the establishment political parties, including the Left Party, shared a platform with Jörg Meuthen from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) at Frankfurt’s University for Applied Sciences.

Powerful start to German Socialist Equality Party campaign in European elections

By our reporters, 16 April 2019

On Sunday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) launched its campaign for the European elections at a meeting in Berlin. The speakers included leading members of the International Committee of the Fourth International in Britain and France in addition to leaders of the SGP.

German media denounce Assange

By Peter Schwarz, 15 April 2019

Reading the comments of the German media on the arrest of Julian Assange, one can only conclude that democracy and press freedom in Germany are in a dire state.

SGP Chairman Ulrich Rippert addresses free Assange rally in Berlin

13 April 2019

Ulrich Rippert, the chairman of the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a rally in front of the British embassy in Berlin, Germany, demanding the freedom of WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange.

German interior minister tables Intelligence Services “Enabling Act”

By Wolfgang Weber, 13 April 2019

The new law would provide the three intelligence agencies with almost unlimited powers to monitor and spy on domestic and foreign citizens.

040 SGP candidate interview on German TV

13 April 2019

Two giant German banks plan merger

By Gustav Kemper and Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2019

The German government is pushing for the combination of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank to establish a financial behemoth capable of competing with the US and China.

Two giant German banks plan merger

By Gustav Kemper and Peter Schwarz, 11 April 2019

The German government is pushing for the combination of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank to establish a financial behemoth capable of competing with the US and China.

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate in Berlin against high rents

By our reporters, 10 April 2019

The demand for the expropriation of real estate companies was at the centre of the demonstration and met with tremendous support among workers and young people.

German parliament celebrates 70 years of NATO and demands escalation of military rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 10 April 2019

Politicians from the governing and opposition parties took turns in hailing the largest military alliance in history and demanded an escalation of German rearmament.

Germany: State prosecutor persecutes artists group for criticising far-right AfD

By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 9 April 2019

For the past 16 months the prosecutor’s office in the city of Gera has been investigating an artistic association known as the Center for Political Beauty on suspicion of “forming a criminal organisation.”

One-day transport strike paralyses Berlin

By our reporters, 4 April 2019

Berlin public transport workers discussed building action committees and the political issues at stake during the 24-hour strike by thousands of BVG workers on Monday.

Germany assumes UN Security Council chair while accelerating rearmament

By Johannes Stern, 4 April 2019

Germany, which began a two-year term on the UN Security Council at the New Year, took over as chair of the body on Monday.

Thousands protest against German government’s brutal deportation policy

By our reporters, 2 April 2019

In Berlin and other German cities, more than 5,000 people protested on Saturday against Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s attacks on refugees and their supporters .

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against climate change

By Iason Stolpe, 2 April 2019

On March 29 around 25,000 demonstrated in Berlin alone. The main speaker in Berlin was the initiator of the protests, Greta Thunberg from Sweden.

Ford confirms its target of 5,000 layoffs in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 1 April 2019

The axing of 5,000 jobs is part of a global cost-cutting program by Ford intended to save up to $14 billion.

Germany: Links found between right-wing network inside army and police officer murdered by far-right terrorists

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 1 April 2019

According to research by weekly Die Zeit, the AfD parliamentary group employs at least 27 activists and supporters of right-wing organizations. Die Zeit speaks of a “Nazi network inside the German Bundestag.”

German Left Party passes anti-democratic police law in Brandenburg

By Gregor Link, 28 March 2019

The Left Party voted in the Brandenburg state legislature for a new police law that increases the repressive powers of the state.

Goodyear-Dunlop plans 1,100 job cuts in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 27 March 2019

The latest measure will cut over one-third of the workforce at two factories in the state of Hesse.

Neo-Nazi memorial service in Chemnitz, Germany

By Sven Wurm and Marianne Arens, 26 March 2019

A memorial service in the Chemnitz football stadium for a deceased neo-Nazi shows how closely the far-right scene, the establishment parties and state organs collaborate.

Two hundred attend meeting on the struggle against fascism at Leipzig Book Fair

By our reporters, 26 March 2019

David North and Christoph Vandreier addressed a Saturday public meeting on “The lessons of the 1930s and the struggle against the far right today,” organised by Mehring Verlag at the Leipzig Book Fair.

Students and workers speak on the threat of fascism at Leipzig meeting

By our reporters, 26 March 2019

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with some of the students and workers who attended Saturday’s public meeting, organized by Mehring Verlag.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 9

Three Turkish films (A Tale of Three Sisters, Daughters of Two Worlds, Oray)—Hoping for a better life

By Bernd Reinhardt, 25 March 2019

Three films at the Berlinale ​​exude a humanistic spirit of enlightenment and dialogue. They suggest that everyone, regardless of their ethnic, religious or cultural background, has the right to a better life.

Ford announces 5,000 job cuts in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 23 March 2019

The mass lay-offs are a component of Ford’s global onslaught on jobs known as the Fitness Programme, which aims to eliminate 25,000 jobs around the world.

Leipzig Book Fair: Mehring Verlag presents new German edition of The Heritage We Defend

By our correspondents, 23 March 2019

David North introduced the new German edition of The Heritage We Defend at the Leipzig Book Fair on Saturday.

“I think it’s the capitalists who are doing this”

Workers in Leipzig speak against the growth of the far-right

By our reporters, 22 March 2019

For the last two weeks, members of the SEP and IYSSE have been speaking with workers and youth throughout Leipzig about today’s meeting, “The lessons of the 1930s and the fight against the extreme right.”

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.

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.

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.

German government wants its own aircraft carrier

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2019

The current German grand coalition’s military and rearmament plans leave no doubt that the ruling class is preparing once again for large-scale warfare.

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.

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.

VW, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Kia

Jobs bloodbath in the global auto industry

By Jerry White, 15 March 2019

Recently announced cuts by VW are part of an ongoing jobs bloodbath in the global auto industry, aimed at satisfying the rapacious appetite of the financial oligarchy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5

Slave labour and new forms of capitalist exploitation in the 21st century

By Stefan Steinberg, 11 March 2019

The 69th Berlin film festival took place against a background of growing working class militancy in Germany and worldwide.

Germany: Opposition growing among teachers, public sector workers to Verdi’s sell-out agreement

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 March 2019

The continuation of low-wage jobs in many parts of the public sector, including the care professions, education and childcare, will further exacerbate staff shortages and intensify workloads.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Secret Service barred from making probe of far-right Alternative for Germany public

By Peter Schwarz, 4 March 2019

The Cologne Administrative Court has banned the Secret Service from publicly designating the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a “test case,” its lowest level of scrutiny.

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.

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.

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.

German aviation security workers reject union contract

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 February 2019

The 23,000 airport security workers have rejected the contract negotiated by the United Services Workers’ Union (Verdi).

New revelations of right-wing terrorist network in German army

By Gregor Link, 22 February 2019

A former member of the German army’s elite Commando Special Forces confirmed that a terrorist network within the German state apparatus is planning the murder of political opponents and a fascist revolt for “Day X.”

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2

Midnight Traveler—“Sometimes life takes you through hell”

By Verena Nees, 22 February 2019

The film provides an authentic and moving portrayal of people just like us, who just happen to live in the wrong country at the wrong time.

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.

German government to tighten up deportations

By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2019

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has presented a 60-page bill on the deportation of refugees that bears the imprimatur of the far-right Alternative for Germany from start to finish.

Imperialist conflicts dominate Munich Security Conference

By Peter Schwarz, 18 February 2019

The Munich Security Conference, which ended yesterday, laid bare a capitalist world order rapidly breaking apart and heading for disaster.

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.

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.

Munich Security Conference overshadowed by rising great power conflicts

By Peter Schwarz, 15 February 2019

The conference will be dominated by the preparations of the US and its allies for war against Russia and China, and the deepening conflicts between the Western allies.

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.

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.

German army initiates military cooperation with Deutsche Bahn railway company

By Tino Jacobson, 12 February 2019

The railway company, 100 percent of which is controlled by the federal state, is increasingly being subordinated to the needs of German militarism and imperialism.

Attend March 17 London Book Launch of Why Are They Back?

12 February 2019

The English edition of Why Are They Back? Historical falsification, political conspiracy and the return of fascism in Germany will be launched by Mehring Books in London on Sunday, March 17.

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.

Germany is preparing for economic war

By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2019

The German government wants to promote the emergence of powerful monopolies that can counter their American and Chinese competitors “on an equal footing.”

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.

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.

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.

German defence report sparks hysterical campaign for increased military spending

By Johannes Stern, 2 February 2019

The ruling class and its parties are pursing massive rearmament plans and preparing Germany for war.

Berlin teachers and social workers strike for better working conditions

By our reporters, 31 January 2019

The unions have long worked with the parties that form the Berlin Senate to impose cuts.

Fascists march in Auschwitz

By Clara Weiss, 31 January 2019

The sight of a rabble of Nazi trash desecrating the memory of those who perished in Auschwitz is sickening and must be answered. But the response must be informed by an understanding of the inextricable link between capitalism, the crisis of bourgeois democracy and fascist reaction.

Germany and EU support US-engineered coup in Venezuela

By Peter Schwarz, 30 January 2019

Berlin and Brussels are backing the Venezuelan coup because they are pursuing their own imperialist interests in Latin America.

Fascist deputies disrupt Holocaust memorial in Germany

By Peter Schwarz and Andre Damon, 26 January 2019

On Wednesday, deputies from the neo-fascist Alternative for Germany walked out of a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in the state parliament of Bavaria.

Successful election result for IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin

By the IYSSE chapter at Humboldt University, 26 January 2019

The IYSSE increased its share of the vote by a third, from 3.75 percent to over 5 percent, and will be represented by three deputies in the student parliament.

German Ford workers: “The yellow vests are going about it the right way”

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2019

Members of the Socialist Equality Party discussed with Ford workers in Cologne about the formation of action committees independent of the unions to initiate a campaign to defend jobs.

100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus

Including an interview with Bauhaus student Wilf Franks

By Barbara Slaughter and Stefan Steinberg, 25 January 2019

This year marks the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus movement in Germany, which played a key role in the development of progressive art and culture in the twentieth century.

Final IYSSE election meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

How can the rise of the far-right be stopped?

By our reporters, 24 January 2019

More than 50 students and young workers participated in the IYSSE’s final meeting in its campaign for the student parliament election at Humboldt University.

040 German Ford workers interviews

23 January 2019

Germany, France step up military, police alliance with Aachen treaty

By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2019

The treaty aims to build a German-French axis as the centre of a European Union rivaling America militarily and planning the repression of workers across Europe.

German lawyer receives additional threatening fax from the far right

By Marianne Arens, 22 January 2019

Lawyer Basay-Yildiz has received another message threatening her and her family apparently originating from the neo-Nazi network located in Germany’s police apparatus.

German SPD politician justifies murder of Rosa Luxemburg

By Peter Schwarz, 18 January 2019

Although the SPD continues to officially deny its complicity in the murder of Luxemburg and Liebknecht, Wolfgang Thierse, former president of the federal parliament, has now declared: We would do it again.

Yellow vest protests expose right-wing politics of Germany’s Left Party

By Isabel Roy and Johannes Stern, 17 January 2019

After initially denouncing the “yellow vest” protests, Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht has sought to stamp her right-wing, anti-immigrant policies on the movement.

Right-wing Humboldt University Professor Jorg Baberowski threatens students

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 17 January 2019

Baberowski is using his Twitter and Facebook accounts to incite his right-wing periphery against students who criticize his racist and reactionary statements.

Video: Christoph Vandreier on “One hundred years since the assassination of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht”

By Christoph Vandreier, 16 January 2019

In this video, Christoph Vandreier, the deputy chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP) in Germany, speaks on the 100th anniversary of the murder of the two great revolutionaries.

New study finds up to 15,000 Jews killed each day at peak of Holocaust

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2019

At least 1.47 million Jews, more than a quarter of all victims of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry, were murdered within 92 days from mid-August to early November 1942.

Lessons of 1933 and the fight against fascism today

Successful start for IYSSE election campaign at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

Some 60 students attended the meeting at Humboldt University to discuss the rise of the Nazis, the lessons of history and a socialist perspective to oppose fascism and war today.

One hundred years since the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2019

The ruling class had to kill Luxemburg and Liebknecht to prevent the revolution, which spread like wildfire throughout Germany during November 1918, from overthrowing capitalism as it had done in Russia.

German political parties and media express solidarity with far-right AfD

By Ulrich Rippert and Johannes Stern, 14 January 2019

The Magnitz case reveals the extent to which the AfD has been integrated into official politics.

Was the hack of German politicians data supported by the state?

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 January 2019

Out of all the parties represented in parliament, only politicians from one remained unaffected by the hack: the far-right AfD.

Germany deports more refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2019

On Monday night, a further 36 refugees were deported to Kabul, including a number who had lived and worked for years in Germany and had no idea they were at risk.

Socialist Equality Party takes legal action against surveillance by German secret service

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 10 January 2019

Dr. Peer Stolle, the lawyer for the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, has submitted formal notice in writing to the German Federal Agency for the Protection of the Constitution, which is published here.

Report: Police gave neo-Nazi rioters free rein in Chemnitz, Germany

By Martin Nowak, 10 January 2019

An internal police report makes clear that although the police were well informed about the activities of the far right in Chemnitz, they did nothing to stop them.

German media demand accelerated rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2019

Editorials in leading German publications are marked by a mixture of fear and aggression as the new year begins.

Scuffles in German city of Amberg exploited to incite right-wing campaign

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 5 January 2019

Politicians from Bavaria and Berlin have been lining up to outdo each other with proposals for more restrictive asylum laws.

German army plans recruitment of EU foreigners

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2019

Berlin is now using the lack of prospects and sheer desperation of young people to recruit cannon fodder for the German war policy.