Germany

Fascist networks in German police and military issue new death threats

By Jan Ritter and Max Linhof, 5 August 2020

A growing number of threatening e-mails and faxes, almost all signed NSU 2.0, have been sent to left-wing artists, immigrants, politicians, journalists and lawyers.

The US troop withdrawal and the return of German militarism

By Peter Schwarz, 4 August 2020

The American withdrawal plans serve the ruling class in Europe and Germany as an excuse to accelerate their own rearmament plans.

“How war and dictatorship are prepared at universities”

Well-attended online meeting concludes IYSSE election campaign at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

By our reporters, 4 August 2020

“The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is one of the centres of German war weapons research,” IYSSE candidate Gregor Kahl told the meeting.

International Olympic Committee promotes Olympics with Nazi propaganda

By Stefan Steinberg, 3 August 2020

The inclusion of clips from Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia film makes clear that attempts to sanitise the crimes of the National Socialists is not limited to the spheres of politics and academia.

Reopening of schools in Germany puts the lives of children and educators at stake

By Andrea Reissner, 1 August 2020

The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.

Germany: “Voluntary military service in Homeland Security”—an invitation to neo-Nazis

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

“The Secret Service is the cockpit of right-wing terrorism”

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).

Germany’s “voluntary military service”: Government recruits for army deployments at home and abroad

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.

WISAG ground services slashes hundreds of jobs at Berlin Tegel Airport

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.

Wirecard and the criminality of capitalism

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.

Germany: Daimler doubles job cuts from 15,000 to 30,000—shareholders rejoice as stock price rises

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.

Trial of Halle synagogue shooter begins in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 24 July 2020

Stephan Balliet is accused of double murder, 68 counts of attempted murder, predatory extortion, dangerous bodily harm and sedition.

German chicken processing plant remains open despite coronavirus outbreak

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.

German defence minister propagates rearmament, militarism and war

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.

EU Summit agrees to €750 billion fund for the banks and corporations

By Will Morrow, 22 July 2020

The agreement will provide a new revenue stream for European states to give handouts to corporations, and a new mechanism for austerity across the continent.

Germany: The “riots” in Frankfurt and the right-wing network in the police

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.

Workers disproportionately affected by coronavirus pandemic in Germany

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.

Tönnies meat-processing plant in Germany restarted despite ongoing danger from COVID-19

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

Neo-Nazi network in police covered up at highest levels of German state and politics

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).

German automaker Daimler plans fresh assault on jobs and conditions

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.

Germany: Racist “family tree research” and police state measures in Stuttgart

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.

German state intelligence agency deletes data of right-wing extremists

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.

German Green Party programme: Police-state repression and militarism

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 ...”

Germany halts preliminary proceedings on 1980 Oktoberfest attack

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.

Merkel in Brussels: Profits before lives and European great power politics

By Johannes Stern, 13 July 2020

The message was clear: despite the massive increase in infections and deaths, there would be no new lockdown.

Humboldt University student parliament condemns radical right-wing Professor Baberowski

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.

German multinational BMW to slash 16,000 jobs

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.

Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei condemns right-wing terror against Left Party parliamentarian

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.

Massive neo-Nazi penetration of German military and police

By Jordan Shilton, 10 July 2020

There are growing fears in the German government of preparations for a right-wing putsch.

Germany: Automaker Opel cuts company pensions

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.

Germany’s Commerzbank plans to cut 11,000 jobs

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.

How corporations and government finance the German trade unions

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.

German defence minister plans more effective organization of army’s far-right elite force

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2020

After new details came to light about the far-right terrorist networks inside the Special Forces Command, the German defence minister announced the restructuring of the army’s 1,600-strong elite unit.

Germany’s motto for the EU Council presidency: For militarism and war

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2020

The German government’s motto for the EU Council presidency is “Gemeinsam. Europa wieder stark machen” (“Together. Making Europe strong again”)—Berlin’s counterpart to Trump’s “Make America Great Again.”

Tens of thousands of jobs at risk as works council at German automaker Daimler announces layoffs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 July 2020

The works council is repeating word for word the arguments of company management and industry analysts calling for stepped up attacks on workers.

Workers in Germany express their solidarity with striking Fiat Chrysler workers

By our correspondents, 2 July 2020

The strikes at two Detroit Fiat Chrysler plants in Jefferson North and Sterling Heights against intolerable health and safety conditions for production workers have met with a powerful response from workers in Germany.

Germany: Verdi trade union sells out Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt workers

By Justus Leicht and Wolfgang Weber, 2 July 2020

Verdi brazenly claimed it would “ fight for every job and every store. ” In reality, the union and the general works council were involved in drawing up the closure plans.

Amazon workers in Germany strike against lack of coronavirus protection

By Marianne Arens, 30 June 2020

More than 2,000 Amazon workers are taking part in a 48-hour strike at six locations to protest the company’s refusal to provide adequate protection from the virus.

Merkel, Macron promote EU militarism amid growing conflicts with Washington

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 30 June 2020

The leaders of Germany and France called for stepped-up military spending and austerity to ensure Europe’s ability to wage war independently from Washington.

Germany: Police powers stepped up after “Stuttgart’s Night of Violence”

By Jan Ritter, 30 June 2020

The violence does not emanate from the population, but from the police against the population—especially against workers and young people.

The poor in Germany have a higher risk of falling sick from COVID-19

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 June 2020

The poorest people in Germany, including the long-term unemployed and recipients of Hartz IV social welfare, have an 84 percent higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and requiring hospitalization.

Warnings of a second coronavirus wave in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 29 June 2020

Following an outbreak of coronavirus infections in the Tönnies meat factory in East Westphalia, the virus is spreading rapidly to other companies and regions.

Germany: Lufthansa and the bankruptcy of the unions

By Peter Schwarz, 29 June 2020

Lufthansa will receive €9 billion in government aid, which will be used to restructure the airline, costing thousands of jobs and worsening pay and conditions.

WHO warns of “very significant” coronavirus resurgence in Europe

By Will Morrow, 27 June 2020

The resurgence is driven by governments’ reopening policy, whose aim is the full resumption of corporate profit-making, regardless of the threat to workers.

Wirecard: The German economy sinks into criminality

By Peter Schwarz, 26 June 2020

The company CEO was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion).

Following “night of violence” in Stuttgart

German media and politicians stoke massive campaign for a police state

By Jan Ritter and Johannes Stern, 25 June 2020

The campaign is aimed at establishing an authoritarian state in which even journalistic and satirical criticisms of the police are prohibited.

New COVID-19 outbreaks in Germany and Berlin’s inhumane quarantine conditions

By Lisa Lachlan, 25 June 2020

Since June 13, 369 households, each containing one to 10 people, have been quarantined as a result of COVID-19 infections in one of Berlin’s poorest districts.

The coronavirus crisis, the government’s aid package and the attempt to strangle German art

By Verena Nees, 25 June 2020

On closer inspection, the German government’s aid package proves to be a sham and a step towards neutering and strangling a diverse cultural landscape.

More than 1,500 COVID-19 infections at pork processing plant in Germany

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 24 June 2020

The Tönnies Group, Germany’s largest meat processing firm, has a long record of putting profits before the health and safety of its workforce.

Germany seeks to tighten European asylum law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 June 2020

The core elements are the internment of refugees at the EU’s external borders and the implementation of fast-track asylum procedures.

The scandal surrounding German MP Philipp Amthor: What is Augustus Intelligence?

By Peter Schwarz, 23 June 2020

The question arises whether Augustus Intelligence is a genuine commercial enterprise or rather a covert intelligence service operation.

Germany: Trial begins in murder of CDU politician Walter Lübcke

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 22 June 2020

The 46-year-old neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst is accused of having shot Kassel District President Walter Lübcke on his terrace on the night of June 2, 2019.

Responding to mass protests against police brutality, Germany’s Left Party appeals for a police state

By Peter Schwarz and Johannes Stern, 22 June 2020

Germany’s Left Party has responded with open hostility to the mass protests against police violence that have spread around the world following the police murder of George Floyd.

Hundreds of new COVID-19 infections in German meat industry

By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2020

More than two-thirds of the meat packers at the Tönnies abattoir in Rheda-Wiedenbrück have been infected with COVID-19, with 730 positive initial test results out of 1,050 tested.

130,000 jobs at risk in the German auto industry

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Peter Schwarz, 20 June 2020

Although German auto companies received a lion’s share of the government’s €130 billion stimulus package, and are collecting billions more via the short-time working scheme, the industry plans to axe more than 100,000 jobs.

German Navy prepares for worldwide military missions

By Tino Jacobson and Johannes Stern, 18 June 2020

The ruling elite is making no secret of the imperialist goals associated with the rearmament of the German Navy.

Fascist network uncovered in German Army’s Special Forces unit

By Gregor Link, 18 June 2020

”Right-wing extremist tendencies” are “tolerated” in the KSK and “sometimes consciously covered up,” wrote Der Spiegel based on a soldier’s letter.

Germany: Schools and child daycare centres open despite the high risk of infection

By Marianne Arens, 16 June 2020

The same politicians who pump hundreds of billions of euros of so-called “Corona aid” into the vaults of the big banks and leading companies see no need to equip schools with the measures needed to combat the coronavirus.

Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party organise police violence against peaceful demonstrators

By Gregor Link, 15 June 2020

The police attacks are part of an effort to criminalise anti-capitalist tendencies.

German unions compete to offer greater cuts at Lufthansa

By Gustav Kemper, 15 June 2020

The union leaders falsely claim employees are “ stakeholders ” in the private company, but to the owners they are mere “ unit costs ” to be sacrificed to shore up profits.

VW leadership dispute prepares way for massive job cuts and austerity

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 13 June 2020

The current leadership dispute at VW ushers in a new phase of corporatist policy, aimed at preparing the company for global trade war at the expense of the workforce.

As US withdraws troops, German politicians, media step up militarist campaign

By Johannes Stern, 13 June 2020

Washington's announcement that 9,500 US soldiers stationed in Germany might be withdrawn has been met with defiant criticism and calls for a more independent German-European military policy.

German virologist Hendrik Streeck advocates “herd immunity”

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 11 June 2020

The controversial virologist is recommending that more coronavirus infections be allowed to occur over the summer months.

German Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht calls for de-globalisation

By Peter Schwarz, 11 June 2020

“Protecting workers and domestic suppliers from cheap imports and hostile takeovers is not nationalist, but a democratic duty,” Wagenknecht declares.

Protests erupt in Germany against police violence, racism and fascism

By our reporters, 9 June 2020

The outbreak of mass protests in the US against the police murder of George Floyd was the spark that ignited demonstrations in Germany against the return of the far right and the growth of unemployment and social inequality.

Hundreds of thousands join protests against police violence across Europe

By our reporters, 8 June 2020

The size and wide geographical spread of the protests over Floyd’s murder reflect broad-based opposition to racism and police violence around the world.

German corporations seize on pandemic to implement mass layoffs and welfare cuts

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 8 June 2020

In close cooperation with the German government, major firms are using the coronavirus crisis to prepare for global trade war and carry out long-planned attacks on the working class.

German government’s stimulus package: €50 billion for automakers, €1 billion for childcare

By Peter Schwarz, 8 June 2020

Like the previous bailouts, the latest package showers cash on the rich, concealed behind a few modest rations for families and will produce a further increase in social inequality.

German protests in solidarity with George Floyd and against police violence

By Jan Ritter and Noah Windstein, 5 June 2020

The brutal video-recorded murder has shocked people in Germany and many have taken to the streets in protest.

Union supports ditching temporary workers at Meyer shipyard in Germany

By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2020

The unions are on the side of those raking in billions in aid to keep the German stock market bubbling.

Germany and EU expand military deployment in Africa

By Gregor Link, 2 June 2020

German imperialism sees the crisis as an opportunity to assert its global geopolitical interests by force of arms.

Sharp rise in right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic violence in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2020

The number of anti-Semitic crimes rose by 13 percent over the previous year to 2,032 cases, that is, five to six each day last year.

Germany’s right-wing Bild tabloid agitates against leading virologist Christian Drosten

By Marianne Arens, 1 June 2020

The Bild sought specifically to ridicule a study in which Drosten found that children may be just as infectious as adults when they have coronavirus.

German and French trade unions back Merkel and Macron’s recovery programme

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2020

Trade union support for the recovery programme is a signal to Paris and Berlin that they can rely on the unflinching support on the unions in combating rivals on the global market and implementing attacks on the working class.

Workers in Germany report on corona virus infection risk in workplaces

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 May 2020

Workers highlight the lack of safety measures in public transit and factories.

Germany: Defend climate activist group “Ende Gelände” against the secret service

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2020

An official secret service report classifies the climate change movement “Ende Gelände” (“End of the Road”), which has organized several mass protests against opencast lignite mining, as “left-wing extremist.”

Germany’s Left Party spearheading deadly back-to-work drive

By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2020

After voting for the multi-billion-euro coronavirus bailout package in the federal parliament, the Left Party is now supporting the grand coalition’s reopening of the economy.

Thyssenkrupp in Germany to be broken up

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 May 2020

With the approval of hedge funds and the IG Metall trade union, the supervisory board of Germany’s Thyssenkrupp company has decided to break up the industrial group.

High COVID-19 infection rates among doctors and nurses in Germany

By Markus Salzmann, 25 May 2020

According to the public health body Robert Koch Institute, more than 20,000 workers in German hospitals, doctors’ practices, nursing homes and care services are now infected.

As hundreds across Europe die daily from coronavirus

European Union pushes reopening of beach resorts and hotels for summer holiday season

By Jordan Shilton, 23 May 2020

Piling one lie on another, the EU Commission claimed its guidelines would restore “transport services across the EU while protecting the health of transport workers and passengers.”

Representatives from Germany’s parliamentary parties support far-right protests against coronavirus policies

By Christoph Vandreier, 23 May 2020

The far-right demonstrations in Germany are being used to drum up support for the dangerous policy of easing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and intimidate all opposition.

Widespread opposition to unsafe reopening of schools and day-care facilities in Germany

By Andy Niklaus and Ulrich Rippert, 23 May 2020

Social distancing has been abandoned in schools and no safety measures such as face masks are being provided.

Merkel and Macron’s European bailout: €500 billion for trade war and austerity

By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2020

Merkel and Macron see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to strengthen their countries’ position in the world market and reorganise the European economy in the interests of the major corporations.

Coronavirus infections surging in German refugee shelters

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 May 2020

The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.

Mass sackings as German department store group closes up to 80 stores

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 May 2020

Germany’s largest department store group, the merged Galeria Kaufhof Karstadt, is to close almost half of its stores.

Growing resistance in Germany to returning to schools as coronavirus pandemic continues

By Andy Niklaus and Carola Kleinert, 18 May 2020

Resistance is growing among German teachers and pupils against this irresponsible policy, which threatens to turn schools into new hotspots of COVID-19.

German Defence Ministry plans to wage international drone warfare

By Gregor Link, 18 May 2020

Germany’s ruling elite is responding to the mounting tensions between the major powers triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic by intensifying its drive to war.

Coronavirus crisis exposes devastating conditions in the German meat processing industry

By Marianne Arens, 16 May 2020

German slaughterhouses have become coronavirus hotspots, with hundreds of workers, most of them sub-contracted from Eastern Europe, infected with the virus.

Rushed relaxation of coronavirus measures in Germany puts thousands of lives at risk

By Marianne Arens, 15 May 2020

With the general relaxation of the coronavirus measures, cases in schools, retirement homes, local transport, industry and the entire working population are inevitably on the rise again.

“Corona demonstrations” in Germany: Neo-Nazis join hands with Free Democrats, Christian Democrats and Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2020

The FDP’s leader in Thuringia, Thomas Kemmerich, participated in a demonstration against the measures put in place to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. Like other such mobilisations in Germany, it was dominated by the extreme right.

German auto bosses demand government subsidies and job cuts

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 May 2020

The German auto industry is using the coronavirus crisis to implement its long-planned transition to electro-mobility and digitalisation. Its main partner is the company union, the IG Metall.

German armed forces deploy 300 soldiers to EU mission “Irini” in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 May 2020

The mission’s mandate includes stopping and searching ships suspected of transporting weapons to Libya.

German politicians and media laud right-wing demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions

By Christoph Vandreier, 13 May 2020

The ruling elite is now mobilising the right-wing dregs of society in the “corona” demonstrations to intimidate the population and enforce their back-to-work campaign.

Rising number of COVID-19 deaths in Germany’s retirement and care homes

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 12 May 2020

As the German government is effectively ending its coronavirus lockdown, reports about people dying of COVID-19 in retirement and care homes are increasing.

Hundreds of COVID-19 infections in German meatpacking plants

By Marianne Arens, 11 May 2020

Immigrants from Romania, who are the main workers in the German meatpacking industry, are now being struck down by COVID-19.

Verdict published in NSU trial: German court protects neo-Nazi André Eminger

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 May 2020

From the outset the intention of the NSU trial in Munich was to cover up the involvement of Germany’s domestic intelligence service and other security agencies.

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II

Right-wing ideologues in Germany demand sacrifice of human lives in coronavirus pandemic

By Christoph Vandreier, 11 May 2020

Three-quarters of a century after the end of the most brutal war in world history, the German ruling elite is returning to authoritarian and ultimately fascist policies to enforce militarism and inequality.

Germany reopens schools, endangering thousands of lives

By Marianne Arens, 9 May 2020

Schools are being reopened in nearly all federal states and the risky measure is meeting with growing opposition from teachers.

German government ends lockdown, putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk

By Johannes Stern, 8 May 2020

Three weeks after the decision of the federal and state governments to gradually withdraw the restrictions imposed in March, the end of the lockdown in Germany has largely been completed.