Profits before lives: German parliament passes emergency package for large corporations and the rich
By Johannes Stern, 27 March 2020
All parties in parliament, from the Left Party to the extreme right AfD, are working together to defend capitalism and to shift the burden of the COVID-19 crisis onto the working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 March 2020
It will only be a matter of days before Dibelius and his ilk will demand that workers who refuse to risk their health by going back to work should be forced to do so.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 March 2020
Last week, the IG Metall in North Rhine-Westphalia agreed to a wage freeze, which is to be extended into all areas of the economy.
By Thomas Scripps, 25 March 2020
WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to “change the trajectory,” but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2020
It is a continuation of the policy of enriching the wealthy at the expense of the poor that the grand coalition has been pursuing for years.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2020
As billionaires gorged themselves on the prospect of trillions more being poured into the financial markets, the pandemic was wreaking havoc in America’s largest city.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 March 2020
It is still virtually impossible to be tested for the life-threatening virus and there is a lack of protective marks and other urgently needed equipment for health care workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2020
The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.
By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020
Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2020
The maintenance and tightening of punishing economic sanctions against Iran as it confronts one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus constitutes a US war crime.
By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2020
The central message delivered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her address to the nation Wednesday evening was that the federal government will do nothing to avert a catastrophe for the population.
By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2020
While the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced that the health risk posed by COVID-19 is “high”, VW announced its production lines would operate until Friday.
By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2020
Europe is set to soon have more coronavirus cases than China and already has seen more deaths: 3,401 people have died in Europe, and 3,226 have died in China.
Merkel’s response to coronavirus: Draconian measures for German population, unlimited loans for corporations
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 March 2020
While coronavirus tests are denied and workers are compelled, in spite of an immediate threat of infection, into the factories, the state is opening the treasury without restrictions to the financial oligarchy.
70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
Curveball—Germany’s role in the Iraq war—and the horrors of the concentration camp in Persian Lessons
By Stefan Steinberg, 18 March 2020
Johannes Naber’s film is a political satire rooted firmly in evidence researched by the director and his team. Vadim Perelman’s work follows a man who has to invent an entire language to survive.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 17 March 2020
The shareholders’ profits are of more value than workers’ lives for the managers, the government and also the union officials.
As Europe becomes the new epicenter of pandemic
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 March 2020
The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as more people have died outside China than within it.
By Marianne Arens, 16 March 2020
The number of people infected in Germany has tripled since Wednesday.
Coronavirus outbreak: The German government was warned of the dangers of a looming pandemic and did nothing
By Gustav Kemper, 16 March 2020
A risk analysis by the Robert Koch Institute eight years ago had already warned that inadequacies in Germany’s health system could mean death for millions when confronted with a novel virus.
the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 16 March 2020
Following the refusal of Humboldt University management to condemn the physical attack by right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski on a left-wing student, the “independent student newspaper at Humboldt University” has followed suit.
By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 14 March 2020
Governments around the world are making a deliberate decision to minimize their response to the pandemic, threatening the lives of millions of people.
13 March 2020
The WSWS has received a letter from writer and director Andrew Birkin in response to its review, posted on March 11, of Speer Goes to Hollywood .
By Gregor Link, 13 March 2020
Under the code names “Rubicon” and “Minerva,” Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) together with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had monitored the encrypted government communications of almost half the countries on earth for decades.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 12 March 2020
Merkel stated that a central priority of her government is to ensure the health care system does not become “overloaded” by the task of caring for coronavirus patients.
By James Cogan and Andre Damon, 12 March 2020
In remarks consisting largely of self-praise, Trump proposed no measures that would slow the spread of the disease and mitigate its effects.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 11 March 2020
Thousands fell ill with coronavirus and hundreds died yesterday in Europe as the pandemic kept surging across the continent.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 March 2020
Just two days after he was elected minister president of Thuringia, the Left Party’s Bodo Ramelow ensured that the AfD obtained one of the vice president positions in the state parliament.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 March 2020
The massive spread of the coronavirus in Germany shows both the government’s indifference towards the dangers for the population and the precarious state of the country’s health care system, which has been systematically run down in recent years.
German government incites racism with commemoration of right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, refugee policy
By Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2020
The state has not “underestimated” the danger posed by the far-right, but rather systematically incited and encouraged it.
By Ulrich Rippert, 6 March 2020
One month after Free Democratic Party (FDP) politician Thomas Kemmerich was elected Thuringia state premier with the votes of the extreme right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), his predecessor, Left Party leader Bodo Ramelow, is back in office.
Right-wing extremist accused of murdering German politician Walter Lübcke suspected in another attempted murder
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 6 March 2020
It is impossible to say where the neo-Nazi milieu ends and where the German state begins.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 March 2020
Under the eyes of a high-ranking EU delegation, Greek border guards brutally attacked unarmed refugees.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 March 2020
Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscores how far advanced the preparations for war are.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29 February 2020
The new owners have announced that they will not retain a single store for longer than two years if necessary.
By Ulrich Rippert, 28 February 2020
There is fundamental agreement on the party’s right-wing policies. The dispute is over how they can best be imposed in the face of widespread popular opposition.
By Gregor Link, 27 February 2020
German police arrested 12 right-wing extremists who were actively preparing mass murder against refugees, Muslims and political opponents.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2020
More than 24 hours after a man drove his car into a carnival procession in the small town of Volkmarsen, the investigators are conducting themselves with unusual restraint.
By Ulrich Rippert, 26 February 2020
Amid massive opposition to neo-Nazis and right-wingers, the Left Party is actively seeking to forge an all-party alliance and work more closely with the Christian Democratic Union.
By our reporters, 25 February 2020
Many demonstrators pointed to the complicity of the security agencies and the right-wing policies of all the establishment parties, which paved the way for the neo-Nazi terror.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2020
Four days after the right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, the Christian Democrats and Free Democrats, the parties that formed an alliance with the far-right Alternative for Germany to elect the minister president in Thuringia, lost large numbers of votes in Hamburg.
Following right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau
By Johannes Stern, 24 February 2020
The strengthening of the state apparatus, which is dominated by far-right networks, will be aimed above all at intimidating and suppressing widespread hostility to militarism and fascism.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 February 2020
Shortly before the right-wing extremist terrorist attack in Hanau, the Hesse state government sent posters to all schools slandering opponents of fascism and capitalism as “ left-wing extremists .”
By our reporters, 22 February 2020
People in over 50 cities have taken part in spontaneous vigils and demonstrations in memory of the victims of the fascist attack in Hanau.
SGP deputy chairman speaks on the Hanau terrorist attack
By Christoph Vandreier, 22 February 2020
Socialist Equality Party Deputy Chairman Christoph Vandreier spoke at a vigil at the Brandenburg Gate after a right-wing terrorist killed eight people in Hanau, Germany.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020
The foreign ministers of all 27 EU countries agreed on a new military mission in Libya on Monday.
After the massacre in Hanau
By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020
A right-wing extremist terrorist shot and killed nine people in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday evening.
“One must not forget”: A musical tribute in Berlin to Jewish members of the Deutsche Oper orchestra persecuted by the Nazis
By Verena Nees, 21 February 2020
A moving concert paid tribute to four Jewish members of the Deutsche Oper orchestra who were forced into exile or murdered after Hitler came to power in 1933.
By Johannes Stern, 20 February 2020
The German government is defending the right-wing extremist professor after he threatened and physically attacked IYSSE spokesperson Sven Wurm on the campus of Berlin’s Humboldt University.
By Ulrich Rippert, 20 February 2020
The Left Party is forging an alliance of all establishment parties in order to strengthen the state apparatus and implement a policy of blatant social inequality.
By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2020
Beijing’s blunt language is an attempt to counter Washington’s relentless propaganda offensive and also to seek support from the European powers.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 February 2020
In Germany, one of the richest countries in the world, more than 1.5 million children live in families dependent on welfare, and many more in families considered to be working poor.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 February 2020
Some 130 prominent initial signatories, including nine former federal ministers, are demanding the “immediate release of Julian Assange, on medical grounds as well on the basis of the rule of law.”
By Johannes Stern, 18 February 2020
The speech described in detail what Berlin, Brussels and Paris intend to do to prepare for future conflicts between the major powers for the redivision of the world.
By our correspondents, 18 February 2020
“Not with us! No pact with fascists—never and nowhere!” This was the main slogan for the mass demonstration which took place in the East German city of Erfurt on Saturday, February 15.
By Andre Damon, 18 February 2020
This weekend’s Munich Security Conference was dominated by a breakdown of the NATO alliance amid the resurgence of preparations for “great power conflict.”
By Andre Damon, 17 February 2020
After the UK, France and Germany announced they would not ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from their networks, US officials sought to threaten their NATO allies into changing course.
By Johannes Stern, 17 February 2020
In his opening speech at this year’s Munich Security Conference, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) stressed that the ruling class in Germany is determined to promote the return of militarism by all means.
Germany’s Left Party appeals for cooperation with Christian Democrats and Free Democratic Party in Thuringia
By Peter Schwarz, 17 February 2020
Although it was the target of the AfD in Thuringia, the Left Party has responded with evasions, concealing the truth, appeasement, and stretching out the hand of cooperation to the CDU and FDP.
President of Berlin’s Humboldt University defends Professor Jörg Baberowski’s physical assault on left-wing student
By Christoph Vandreier, 15 February 2020
With her declaration of sympathy and refusal to clearly condemn the attack, Kunst has provided violent right-wing extremists with a blank cheque to intimidate and attack their political opponents at the university.
Spectre of the 1930s
By David North and Johannes Stern, 14 February 2020
Last week’s decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 10 February 2020
In the lawsuit against Bruno D, several of the co-plaintiffs have stressed the significance of the trial, given the current resurgence of far-right extremism and fascism in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
IYSSE spokesperson submits disciplinary complaint against right-wing extremist professor at Humboldt University in Berlin
By Sven Wurm, 10 February 2020
Following a physical attack by Professor Jörg Baberowski on Sven Wurm, the IYSSE spokesperson at Humboldt University, Wurm filed an official disciplinary complaint with the university administration.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 February 2020
Twenty-four hours after being elected with the support of the far-right AfD, CDU and FDP as minister president of the state of Thuringia, Free Democrat politician Thomas Kemmerich announced his resignation.
By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2020
Just one week after official ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, federal parliament President Wolfgang Schäuble has called for Germany to once again take up the “burden” of fighting wars abroad.
By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2020
For the first time since the end of the Third Reich, a state premier was elected on Wednesday with the votes of a far-right, fascist party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Germany’s IG Metall union offers to collaborate in restructuring the steel and electronics industries
By Ulrich Rippert, 6 February 2020
In a recent document titled “Moratorium for a fair transition,” the union offers wage freezes as part of its plan to negotiate a “Pact for the Future,” which will cost tens of thousands of workers their jobs.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 February 2020
Joining the Supervisory Board of the most powerful German bank is the logical step for Gabriel since he has always advanced the interests of German capital as SPD chair and as a minister.
By Marianne Arens, 5 February 2020
The takeover will result in increased workloads for a reduced number of workers after the unions accepted 170 administrative job cuts and the elimination of 150 fulltime cabin crew positions.
By our reporters, 5 February 2020
According to the preliminary results, the IYSSE received 3.7 percent (90 votes) in this year’s elections on January 29-30 and will have two representatives in the new Student Parliament.
By our reporters, 5 February 2020
Baberowski attacked Sven Wurm, a student parliament deputy for the IYSSE, on January 30 at Humboldt University in Berlin. Wurm had caught the professor in the act of tearing down and destroying election placards. The incident was captured on video.
By Martin Nowak, 4 February 2020
For the first time in its history, the alliance is practicing the deployment from the US to eastern Europe of an entire division of 20,000 soldiers.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 February 2020
Chairman of the Volkswagen Group board, Herbert Diess, announced a “radical restructuring” and the “slaughter of sacred cows,” meaning that workers' jobs, wages and working conditions will be sacrificed on the altar of profit.
SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University
By our reporters, 1 February 2020
The meeting reviewed the growth of working class struggles throughout the world and the need for an international program and perspective.
Germany: Humboldt University students speak on the falsification of history and lessons from Auschwitz
By our reporters, 31 January 2020
As part of their election campaign for Student Parliament at Humboldt University, members and supporters of the IYSSE spoke with students about the attempts of right-wing ideologists to falsify the history of the Nazi dictatorship.
Auschwitz liberation commemorated in Poland amid state-led campaign for historical revisionism and war
By Clara Weiss, 28 January 2020
Duda’s and Steinmeier’s condemnations of fascism and anti-Semitism stands in stark contrast to the political record of their own governments.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 January 2020
It was above all the fact that the close links between the militant neo-Nazi scene, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the secret service could not be so easily covered up after the murder of leading Christian Democrat Walter Lübcke that persuaded Seehofer to take action.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 January 2020
The German ruling class and all its parties, from the Left Party to the far-right AfD, are drawing closer together and preparing to form an alliance against the working class.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2020
2020 began with a fiery speech by the CEO of the world’s largest auto company, Volkswagen, in which he announced a “radical restructuring of the group” and the “slaughter of sacred cows.”
By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2020
The slander of Iranian “anti-Semitism” and unfounded claims that Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons are propaganda to justify a steady buildup toward war.
By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2020
Although the conference was a meeting of imperialist brigands who discussed the military occupation of the resource-rich country and the redivision of the entire continent under the guise of peace, it was acclaimed by the Left Party.
By Sybille Fuchs, 23 January 2020
The Berlin Staatsoper refused to comply with a call for an anti-democratic ban on Domingo performing raised by the “Pro Quote Bühne” group and Green Party politicians.
By Marianne Arens, 22 January 2020
On the morning of January 15, five bullet holes were discovered in the window of Social Democratic Party (SPD) member of parliament Karamba Diaby’s constituency office in Halle.
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 January 2020
The film is an adaptation of the book by Judith Kerr, the German-born British writer, published in 1971 and the first part of her Out of the Hitler Time trilogy.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 January 2020
The Libya conference, which took place last Sunday in Berlin, was not about peace in the war-torn country, but about the distribution of the loot.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 January 2020
The links between the series of murders carried out by the neo-Nazi terrorist group NSU, the murder of Kassel’s District President Walter Lübcke (CDU) and the secret service are closer than previously known.
By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020
All of the parliamentary parties agree with the government’s policy of escalating Germany military intervention in the region.
By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020
The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.
No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!
IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University
By our reporters, 17 January 2020
The meeting focused on the dangerous developments in the Middle East since the beginning of the year and the need for a socialist and internationalist programme to put an end to war.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 January 2020
After these cuts are completed in 2029, less than half of the company’s 19,000 jobs in Germany before its sale to PSA in 2017 will remain.
By Marianne Arens, 16 January 2020
Despite the acquittal neither Malta nor the EU have retreated from its inhumane and murderous anti-refugee policy with Valletta continuing to prevent NGO ships from entering its waters.
By Keith Jones, 16 January 2020
The killing of the military leader, widely viewed as second only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran’s power structure, constitutes a dramatic escalation of the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran.
By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2020
Berlin, London and Paris, emboldened by Tehran’s weak response to the US murder of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, are escalating attacks against Iran.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2020
In reaction to the Middle East crisis, Germany’s ruling circles are enthusing about the criminal methods of Trump while pursuing their own imperialist interests more aggressively.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 January 2020
The week before Christmas, German broadcaster WDR posted an online video of a children’s choir singing an updated version of a satirical song, triggering hysterical denunciations.
By Marianne Arens, 11 January 2020
The fact that a Jewish pianist cannot perform publicly without protection indicates the extent of the current turn to the right in German politics.
By Johannes Stern, 10 January 2020
Having previously defended the US assassination of Gen. Qassim Soleimani, an illegal act of state terror, Berlin condemned Iran’s retaliatory strike.
By Christopher Lehmann and Christoph Vandreier, 8 January 2020
The aim of the latest campaign surrounding the events in Leipzig is to intimidate anyone who stands in the way of the far right.
By Martin Nowak, 8 January 2020
Shortly before the end of the year, the new state government in Saxony was sworn in. For the first time, a coalition of Christian Democrats, Social Democrats and Greens is taking over the government in the East German state.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2020
While the European governments have called for de-escalation, they have refused to condemn as a war crime the targeted killing of a high-ranking representative of a sovereign country.
The growing fascist influence in German politics: The case of Christian Democratic politician Robert Möritz
By Gregor Link and Johannes Stern, 7 January 2020
At the end of last year, the case of the former Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician highlighted the sharp shift to the right of the ruling class in Germany.