By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 19 August 2017
This would be the first time that the army was deployed inside Spain since the country was ruled by the fascist regime of Francisco Franco.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2017
Adopting many slogans of the extreme right, Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor Martin Schulz is calling for more police and a crackdown on immigrants.
By Alejandro López, 17 August 2017
Last week, the Catalan pseudo-left separatist Popular Unity Candidacy launched its campaign for the referendum on Catalan independence from Spain planned for October 1.
By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2017
The sanctimonious outrage of German politicians and media outlets over the Charlottesville events cannot conceal their responsibility for the rehabilitation of right-wing extremist ideology and its violent consequences.
“The night our eyes changed”
By Paul Bond, 16 August 2017
Music mogul Simon Cowell brought together high-profile figures for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but a far more powerful and politically interesting response has come from local artists.
By Francis Dubois, 15 August 2017
The law is a cynical attempt to sow illusions in the ruling elite, an operation supported by Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France movement.
By Alex Lantier, 11 August 2017
The military stand-off between Washington and Pyongyang threatens the entire world, including Europe, with nuclear war.
By Christoph Vandreier, 11 August 2017
In the autumn, Internet company Facebook will open a new censorship centre employing 500 people in Essen, Germany.
Survivors, SEP member denounce police inaction over Grenfell Tower fire at latest community public meeting
By Paul Mitchell, 11 August 2017
Eight weeks after the fire, few of the promised measures have materialised and survivors and local residents continue to be treated with contempt.
By Alejandro López, 11 August 2017
On both sides of the Atlantic, sections of the ruling elite fear a confrontation between Barcelona and Madrid could spark a crisis engulfing Spain.
By Francis Dubois, 10 August 2017
While what took place in Levallois remains highly unclear, the political establishment is stirring up security fears and promoting the state of emergency.
By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 10 August 2017
The UK Conservative government has staked its post-Brexit future on being the most loyal ally of the US in all its military actions.
By Steve James, 10 August 2017
Decades prior to the Grenfell fire, the dangers of flammable and incorrectly installed cladding were known to governments of all stripes and ignored.
5 August 2017
The WSWS received a letter from a reader describing the social situation facing workers and the rural population in Serbia today.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2017
SPD Lower Saxony interior minister Boris Pistorius has called for the limitation of asylum seekers by setting up detention centres—concentration camps—in Libya.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 August 2017
Currently, only 45 households have accepted accommodation offers, with only 12 properly rehoused.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 August 2017
Following the adoption of new sanctions against Russia by both chambers of the US congress, Brigitte Zypries threatened that Europe may take counter-measures.
By our reporters, 31 July 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to local residents in London’s Ladbroke Grove on Saturday about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By Justus Leicht, 31 July 2017
The blood of the victims in Hamburg and Konstanz has barely had time to dry and the background to both attacks remains unclear, but politicians from all of the major parties are already seeking to outdo each other with right-wing demagogy.
By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2017
The social movement Mélenchon aims to launch would be a nationalist and petty-bourgeois movement hostile to historical truth and the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 29 July 2017
Despite the investigation being in operation for more than six weeks, not a single person has been arrested or even charged.
By Marianne Arens, 29 July 2017
The Italian government is demanding that NGOs involved in the rescue of refugees sign a “Code of Conduct,” restricting their activities in the Mediterranean Sea.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 July 2017
The contract signed by the unions and backed by the Serbian government is designed to maintain the country as a cheap labour platform for transnational corporations like FCA.
By Paul Mitchell, 29 July 2017
The serious accident happened during a one-day strike by Spanish rail workers opposed to attacks on jobs and wages.
By Tom Pearce, 28 July 2017
Despite the widespread use of flammable cladding in schools, only three schools have so far been tested.
Police disperse big protest in Morocco
28 July 2017
Protests are rare in the kingdom, which is a key ally of the United States in the Middle East.
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2017
The US bill and the EU reaction expose the fundamental conflicts behind the rapid deterioration of US-EU relations since the election of Donald Trump.
By our reporters, 27 July 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to Johnny Regasa, who lost a friend, Hashim Kedir, in the Grenfell Tower fire and assisted several survivors.
By Robert Stevens, 27 July 2017
Such consultations are an attempt to bestow much needed legitimacy on the inquiry, which will have no legal powers to prosecute anybody or hold anyone to account.
By Clara Weiss, 27 July 2017
On Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoed two key aspects of the judicial reform of the governing Law and Justice Party, which would have given the government virtually unrestricted control over the judicial system.
By Robert Stevens, 26 July 2017
It is already clear from the response of the police and Independent Police Complaints Commission that yet another cover-up of the death of a man in police custody is underway.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 July 2017
Anyone believing there is a limit to the SPD’s rightward shift in the federal election campaign was disabused of this notion on Sunday. The party is now openly agitating against refugees.
By Clara Weiss, 24 July 2017
Less than three weeks after Trump’s visit, the ruling PiS has pushed through legislation that will place the judicial system under its control.
By Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017
Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.
By Alejandro López, 24 July 2017
From its creation Podemos has been an amalgam of forces with opposing views on regional nationalism.
By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2017
The movement Mélenchon aims to build is a nationalist, pro-war movement that would subordinate the working class to the strategic interests of French imperialism.
By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2017
Two months before the elections, the Social Democratic Party chancellor candidate, Martin Schulz, is running far behind current Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union).
UK public meetings:
21 July 2017
The Socialist Equality Party urges all workers and youth, including survivors of the Grenfell fire and local residents, to attend our public meetings and discuss the central issues involved in this capitalist crime against the working class.
By Paul Mitchell, 21 July 2017
A heavy police and security guard presence was mobilised outside and inside the town hall to ensure that as few survivors as possible would be able to enter.
Protesters at Kensington and Chelsea council meeting: “This has been a massive crime and they all seem to be getting away with it”
By our reporters, 21 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those protesting outside the meeting.
By Francis Dubois, 21 July 2017
As sections of the political establishment grow increasingly wary of the danger to democratic rights posed by Macron's policies, social opposition is emerging in the working class.
Union ends strike by Fiat Chrysler workers in Serbia
21 July 2017
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute at firstname.lastname@example.org to this regular feature.
By Robert Stevens, 20 July 2017
Local residents and survivors of the Grenfell Tower inferno denounced police and the Kensington and Chelsea Council as “liars” working for “rich folks.”
By Ulrich Rippert, 19 July 2017
Behind all the party’s talk of “securing the future”, “innovation”, “civil society” and “securing peace”, the SPD is preparing new spending cuts and the expansion of German militarism.
By John Vassilopoulos, 18 July 2017
Nothing is to be allowed that prevents the financial oligarchy from plundering Greece’s assets and stepping up the exploitation of an already pauperised workforce.
By Francis Dubois, 18 July 2017
The legislature has opened the way for the government of President Emmanuel Macron to massively increase the exploitation of the French working class.
By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2017
The newly-proposed arms projects—including fighter jets, tanks and drones—should be taken as a warning by workers and young people throughout Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 17 July 2017
In the wake of the protests and violent state repression during the G20 summit in Hamburg, the Social Democrats, Left Party and Greens are showing their true colours as parties of bourgeois order.
By Chris Marsden, 15 July 2017
Despite a mountain of evidence of criminal wrongdoing by politicians and business leaders, no one has been charged in connection with the fire that killed at least 80.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 July 2017
Around 2,000 workers at Fiat-Chrysler’s Kragujevac plant in Serbia have been on strike for two weeks against starvation wages and terrible working conditions.
Thames Water workers speak:
By Paul Mitchell, 14 July 2017
A former Thames Water worker told the WSWS that the company is seeking to deflect inquiries into a policy of reducing water pressure to cut down leakage from water mains.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 12 July 2017
According to a new study by the Hans Böckler Foundation, more and more people in work in Europe are being forced into poverty.
By Chris Marsden, 11 July 2017
The fire raged for three hours and destroyed around 30 percent of the first, second, and third floors.
By Andre Damon, 11 July 2017
High-ranking members of the German government have called for the drawing up of a list of “left-wing extremists” throughout Europe and a permanent ban on their entry into Germany.
By our reporters, 10 July 2017
Demonstrators described how police attacked peaceful protests at this weekend’s G20 summit in Hamburg with water cannons, batons and tear gas.
By Julie Hyland, 10 July 2017
The Grenfell Tower fire has laid bare the impact of decades of free market policies, deregulation and cuts in public spending initiated by Thatcher and continued by every subsequent government.
Camden residents: “You cannot trust them now because of Grenfell. It’s never going to be the same again”
By Robert Stevens, 10 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to tenants in the Blashford tower block about the Grenfell fire and the situation they face.
By Paul Mitchell, 8 July 2017
Labour is just as guilty as the Tories of imposing austerity and implementing social cleansing—especially of London’s council estates and social housing.
By Johannes Stern, 8 July 2017
The aggressiveness with which the ruling class has targeted protesters and the entire population of Hamburg must be taken as a warning.
By Johannes Stern, 6 July 2017
In advance of the G20 summit in Hamburg, and three months prior to Germany’s federal election, a new frenzy of nationalism and militarism is gripping the ruling elite.
By Ulrich Rippert, 6 July 2017
On Monday, the leaders of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union government parties presented their election programme in Berlin.
By our reporters, 6 July 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to London residents on Bramley Road, near Grenfell Tower.
By Alex Lantier, 4 July 2017
Macron called for military escalation overseas and broad-ranging changes to basic institutions of French political and social life, to be worked out with the trade unions.
By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2017
Just days before the G20 summit in Hamburg, and in the midst of the Qatar crisis, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel traveled to the Arabian Peninsula.
By Sven Heymanns, 4 July 2017
The planned measures in Hamburg are not just to protect the political elite attending the G20, but are deliberate preparations for a civil war scenario.
“There are people who died in there—and they’re not telling us who they are.”
By our reporters, 4 July 2017
Residents of the Lancaster West housing estate near Grenfell Tower talked to the World Socialist Web Site about the June 14 fire in London.
“People died because they used cheap cladding. It’s like war between rich and poor”
By our reporters, 3 July 2017
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed some of those participating in Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration. Dominating the thoughts of those who attended was the Grenfell Tower inferno and its implications.
By Alice Summers, 1 July 2017
A survey reveals that many poor families, with stagnating incomes and record levels of personal debt, are unable to afford basics such as food, beds or refrigerators.
By Marianne Arens, 1 July 2017
With turnout below 50 percent, the election result is a huge vote of no confidence in the governing Democratic Party and the entire so-called centre-left camp.
Criminal prosecutions finally brought 28 years after 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough stadium
By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2017
While these long overdue prosecutions are welcome, it has been so long since the terrible crime was committed that many of the guilty figures are either dead or nearing the end of life.
By Robert Stevens, 30 June 2017
April 15, 1989
By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2017
As with the victims of their policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere, those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire are looked upon by the ruling class as “collateral damage.”
By Richard Tyler, 29 June 2017
The acres of press coverage of this disturbing attack do not provide any serious explanation as to why a man with no evident background of racism would suddenly commit such a heinous crime.
On-the-spot report from London:
By our reporters, 27 June 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents evacuated from tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in London by Labour Party-run Camden council over the weekend.
By Sven Heymann, 27 June 2017
The state will be given the power to deploy “trojans,” computer code that can bypass a user’s security and implement remote online searches of a person’s devices.
By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2017
The staggering loss of life epitomises the devastation capitalism has wrought on generations of working people. It is the outcome of a vast and ongoing transfer of society’s wealth from the poor to the rich.
By Robert Stevens, 26 June 2017
Of the UK’s 4,000 tower blocks, 600 have been selected for testing, due to the use of unsafe building materials.
By our reporters, 26 June 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to some of the thousands of Camden residents, who were evacuated because their tower blocks are unsafe.
By Johannes Stern, 26 June 2017
At its party congress in Dortmund, the SPD presented itself as the party of social cuts, militarism and the intelligence services.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 June 2017
The SPÖ governor of Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, declared: “We are in a situation where the wind is not blowing from the left, but coming from the right.”
By Stephen Alexander, 26 June 2017
The following is the first of a two-part series on the political issues behind the election of Labour’s Shakira Martin as NUS President.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 June 2017
The SPD’s tax plan picks up from and continues the ruthless austerity policies introduced by current CDU finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble.
After Grenfell Tower fire:
By Robert Stevens, 23 June 2017
With the final death toll from the inferno still unknown, the Conservative government has called a public inquiry as part of efforts to conceal its complicity in the disaster.
By Alex Lantier, 23 June 2017
The election of Emmanuel Macron is the outcome of the reactionary policies of the organizations in the so-called French left that broke with Trotskyism.
By Julie Hyland, 22 June 2017
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May set out her government’s legislative agenda yesterday in the Queen’s Speech, which was widely acknowledged to be her first and last one.
By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2017
The government’s “Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund,” which totals a pitiful £5 million, stands in stark contrast to the £369 million worth of repairs to Buckingham Palace.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 21 June 2017
Angry denunciations of the tabloid flooded in after it tried to pin the blame for the horrific fire that cost the lives of at least 79 people on an Ethiopian taxi driver.
By Dietmar Henning, 21 June 2017
The Greens are currently hovering around 5 percent in opinion polls and could fail to reach the threshold necessary for entry into the Bundestag.
By Chris Marsden, 20 June 2017
Britain’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and Michel Bernier of the European Union launched negotiations Monday on the terms of Britain’s exit from the trade bloc.
“We cannot brush this under the table, some heads have to roll”
By our reporters, 20 June 2017
London residents and people living in housing nearby Grenfell Tower speak about the horrifying fire that has killed at least 79 residents, and the economic and political decisions that allowed it to happen.
By Francis Dubois, 20 June 2017
Despite claims that President Emmanuel Macron is renovating French politics, his party is a haven for business owners and France’s old political establishment.
By Alex Lantier, 17 June 2017
The elections taking place tomorrow will undoubtedly mark a historic collapse of French democracy and of what has passed for the “left” in France for nearly a half century.
Spanish dockers strike in opposition to deregulation
16 June 2017
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute by writing to email@example.com.
By Laura Tiernan, 15 June 2017
The catastrophic fire broke out shortly after midnight Wednesday, on the second floor of 24-storey council flats in Kensington, West London that were home to an estimated 500 people.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2017
Despite right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski’s defeat in court, the Presidium of Humboldt University continues to defend him. Bremen-based law Professor Andreas Fischer-Lescano has therefore accused the university Presidium of being “an accomplice of right-wing scholarship.”
By John Vassilopoulos, 13 June 2017
The bill includes measures designed to facilitate mass sackings as well as further sell-offs of public assets.
By Nick Beams, 10 June 2017
Structural changes in the European economy mean low wages along with part-time and casual employment are becoming the “new normal.”
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 10 June 2017
To those now inclined to accept the portrayal of Corbyn by pseudo-left groups in Britain as the natural leader of the working class, we say: Remember Alexis Tsipras and Syriza.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 9 June 2017
Though the election result in part reflected concern over May’s hard Brexit strategy, the overwhelming issue was hostility to Tory austerity measures.
By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017
Despite the war crisis and growing social anger among workers, NPA leader Alain Krivine insisted that internationalist opposition to capitalism would find no popular support.