By Johannes Stern, 26 February 2021
Germany’s Left Party congress will set an even more direct course towards government participation and support for war.
By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2021
On Wednesday morning Frankfurt Airport personnel commenced a hunger strike to protest against and reverse their dismissals.
By Gregor Link, 25 February 2021
Unless the working class intervenes independently to close factories, offices, schools and day-care centres, hundreds of thousands of deaths loom in Germany alone in an even worse wave of the pandemic.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 February 2021
The German government is preparing to give 70 million euros a year to a foundation run by the far-right Alternative for Germany.
“Workers need their own party!”
By Our reporter, 24 February 2021
The SGP began its campaign for the 2021 German federal elections with a strong launch meeting that was followed by hundreds of workers and young people online.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 February 2021
Research by BuzzFeed News and Report Mainz shows that the virus is spreading without hindrance throughout workplaces in Germany.
How the Revolutionary Internationalist Organisation (RIO) is sabotaging the fight against the pandemic in Germany
By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2021
The German pseudo-left group seeks to subordinate workers to the deadly policies of the trade unions and the bourgeois parties.
By Verena Nees, 21 February 2021
The third season of the Charité television series features a gripping story line portrayed by a largely compelling array of actors. It leaves, however, the historical background of the building of the Berlin Wall in the dark.
By Marianne Arens, 21 February 2021
One year after the Hanau murders, when right-wing extremist Tobias Rathjen killed nine strangers—eight men and one woman aged between 20 and 37—the background to this crime has still not been clarified.
By Gustav Kemper, 20 February 2021
1,200 jobs at the MV shipyards on the Baltic Sea are to be cut, according to the owners’ plans.
By Gregor Link, 19 February 2021
The federal and state governments are systematically creating conditions for a third wave of the pandemic. This can be seen especially in plans to rapidly return to in-person teaching.
By Sven Wurm, 16 February 2021
The targeting of Bengt R. is not merely directed at a single student, but is aimed at silencing all criticism of the right-wing extremist cliques at Humboldt University and the right-wing policies of the grand coalition.
By Marianne Arens, 13 February 2021
In a few days, many schools and day-care centres in Germany will reopen despite the fact that new, highly contagious virus variants are spreading.
By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2021
A Defence Ministry position paper reveals that, behind the backs of the population, the German ruling class is preparing the biggest arms offensive since Hitler’s build-up of the Wehrmacht in the 1930s.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2021
On February 3, 70 German academics founded the “Network for Academic Freedom,” which has received widespread publicity in the mainstream media.
By Gustav Kemper, 11 February 2021
Commerzbank’s “Strategy 2024,” which will sacrifice 10,000 jobs, is supported by the Verdi trade union and the works council.
Form Rank-and-File Safety Committees!
Stop the criminal coronavirus policy of the corporations and trade unions! Prepare a European-wide general strike!
Statement by the Network of Action Committees for Safe Workplaces in Germany, 11 February 2021
The Network of Action Committees for Safe Workplaces fights against mass sackings, dangerous working conditions and the cover-up of the infection figures.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 10 February 2021
Not a day goes by without a corporation or business announcing job cuts and the closure of plants and branches .
WSWS online meeting
7 February 2021
The speakers were SEP (US) National Secretary Joseph Kishore, SEP (US) National Chairman and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North, WSWS writers and leading SEP (US) members Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, Johannes Stern, a leading member of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei in Germany, and Tomas Castanheira, a member of the Socialist Equality Group in Brazil.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 6 February 2021
In defence of their own privileges, IG Metall and the works councils are prepared to accept all attacks on workers.
By Gregor Link, 6 February 2021
Students in Bavaria are striking against the state government’s attempts to force graduating classes back into in-person lessons amid the pandemic.
Life instead of profits! Socialism instead of capitalist barbarism!
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 6 February 2021
Workers in every country around the world confront the same problems and can only oppose exploitation, militarism and fascism by uniting. This is why the SGP’s election campaign is not restricted to Germany, but addresses itself to workers throughout Europe!
European rank-and-file education safety committees, 4 February 2021
The rank-and-file education safety committees in Germany and the UK have adopted the following statement of solidarity with the protesting teachers in Chicago.
By Johannes Stern, 3 February 2021
As a member of a potential German federal coalition government with the Social Democrats and Greens, the Left Party would fully support the continuation of Germany’s foreign military operations and the rearmament of the armed forces.
By Marianne Arens, 2 February 2021
While politicians are demanding the reopening of schools and businesses, new variants of the virus are spreading widely throughout Germany.
By Gustav Kemper, 1 February 2021
The trade union Verdi supports the jobs massacre at Commerzbank, which will destroy 10,000 posts and close half its branches.
By Peter Schwarz, 31 January 2021
Prantl’s current invocation of basic rights has degenerated into mendacious hollow phrases that serve to protect the privileges of a rich minority and are directed against the democratic rights of the working class.
By Gustav Kemper, 30 January 2021
The union supports company plans to destroy 3,500 jobs so it can make an 8 percent profit, which is the strategic aim of the shareholders.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 January 2021
The Frankfurt Regional High Court sentenced Stephan Ernst, the killer of Kassel district president Walter Lübcke, to the maximum prison term possible, but allowed his accomplices to walk free.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 January 2021
The pandemic, which has now been raging for a year, urgently requires an expansion of health care, but 21 clinics across Germany were closed down last year.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 29 January 2021
The homeless, the poorest section of the population, are also seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis.
By Our reporters, 28 January 2021
The online meeting in Germany adopted a powerful resolution against the return to workplaces, schools and day-care centres under conditions of a widening pandemic.
Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 28 January 2021
This statement was adopted by a meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education.
By Gustav Kemper and Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 January 2021
Five hundred workers at the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder are quarantining after 21 of their colleagues were infected with COVID-19. The IG Metall trade union and its works council representatives refuse to take any responsibility for the health of the work f orce.
By Marianne Arens, 25 January 2021
A year of the coronavirus pandemic, in Germany and globally, has shown that curbing the virus cannot be left to the capitalist governments.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 23 January 2021
IG Metall and its works councils have been implementing cutbacks for years.
By Justus Leicht, 22 January 2021
The German public television network ARD began the new year with a controversial programme examining the value of police using torture to compel suspects to confess.
By Marianne Arens, 21 January 2021
“Profits before lives” is the unspoken motto of the establishment parties at every level.
By Johannes Stern, 20 January 2021
Laschet’s narrow victory over Merz, who enjoyed the support of the openly right-wing section of the party, which has close ties to the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany, has nothing to do with a rejection of his views.
By Anthony Torres, 20 January 2021
In the weeks before and since Donald Trump’s January 6 fascist coup attempt in Washington, neo-Nazi circles were trafficking large quantities of weapons in Europe.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 January 2021
The German employment agency published the official unemployment figures for December 2020, reporting an increase to 2.7 million unemployed, 480,000 more than in the same month last year.
By Andy Niklaus, 18 January 2021
Every day, the 15,000 employees of the Berlin transport association BVG and tens of thousands of passengers risk infection with the coronavirus.
Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike
By Our reporters, 16 January 2021
In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.
By Marianne Arens, 15 January 2021
While the federal and state governments claim that a tougher lockdown came into force on January 11, all of industry, offices, most schools, childcare facilities and public transport are operating as usual.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2021
As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party’s only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.
By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2021
While the ruling class in Germany reacts with a mixture of shock, nervousness and aggression to the fascist coup attempt in the US, all the establishment parties are intensifying their great power offensive.
By Andy Niklaus, 13 January 2021
The Berlin Transport Company’s pandemic policy, which endangers the lives and health of workers, is supported by the Berlin Senate consisting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party.
By Markus Salzmann, 13 January 2021
As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 January 2021
Despite widespread opposition and clear scientific evidence that schools are a major driver of the pandemic, the Berlin state legislature of the Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party is sticking to the herd immunity policy in the interests of big business.
By Gregor Link, 11 January 2021
Despite schools being the central driver of the pandemic, the education ministers in Germany’s federal states have decided on a “resumption of face-to-face teaching” as soon as possible.
By Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2021
Germany currently has the highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Europe.
By Martin Nowak, 7 January 2021
The beginning of the year in Germany was characterised by overcrowded crematoria, hospitals on the brink of collapse and mass death.
By Martin Nowak and Christoph Vandreier, 7 January 2021
In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany’s trade unions.
By Marianne Arens, 6 January 2021
Government officials are ignoring the recommendations of scientists and risking an intensification of the pandemic.
By Bernd Reinhardt, 5 January 2021
Can love between siblings survive when a brother falls ill and needs care, while his sister enjoys life as one of society’s affluent? This is the question posed by the Swiss film My Little Sister.
German cultural institutions oppose government’s anti–BDS resolution aimed at quashing criticism of Israel
By Sybille Fuchs, 4 January 2021
On December 9, 30 German cultural institutions issued a statement opposing a resolution passed by the Bundestag seeking to silence the BDS movement.
By Gregor Link, 4 January 2021
The criminality with which the campaign to open schools has been conducted was recently demonstrated by the deliberate suppression of a study from Hamburg showing massive outbreaks were taking place within schools in Germany.
By Marianne Arens, 31 December 2020
Nurses in Hamburg went public to speak about working conditions shortly before Christmas.
By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2020
Amid the pandemic, the stock market bonanza means the super-rich have further increased their already astronomical fortunes.
Emergency meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education
German high school student: “If we don’t close the schools, no one will!”
By Gregor Link, 30 December 2020
Faced with death tolls unseen in Europe since World War II, the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday to advance the fight for school closures and discuss prospects for a general strike against the politics of mass infection with the coronavirus.
By Johannes Stern, 29 December 2020
The crocodile tears shed by Steinmeier in his Christmas address cannot disguise the fact the ruling class is responsible for the greatest mass deaths since the end of World War II.
By Ulrich Rippert, 29 December 2020
The death of a young teacher in Berlin following a coronavirus infection confirms the criminal nature of the official policy of keeping open businesses and schools.
By Katerina Selin, 24 December 2020
In the German capital, which is governed by the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party, care homes are turned into death traps for the elderly and staff.
By Gregor Link, 24 December 2020
Last week was by far the worst in the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, with officially 175,314 infections and over 4,300 deaths (against 3,050 the previous week). Across Europe, the death toll exceeded the catastrophic half-million mark on Tuesday.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 December 2020
The big corporations and unions in the auto, supply, steel, engineering, chemical and other industries are using the Corona crisis to shed workers, intensify exploitation and prepare for trade war and all-out war.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2020
Stephan Balliet attempted on October 9, 2019, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, to kill more than 50 people in the synagogue in Halle.
By Marianne Arens, 22 December 2020
Several hundred workers of the shipping giant Amazon have been infected in the last few days.
By Markus Salzmann, 22 December 2020
The death of Soydan A., a young teacher who taught at a community school in Berlin-Kreuzberg, is due to the reckless school opening policy amid a pandemic that has been spreading rapidly for months.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 21 December 2020
An Economic and Social Science Institute (WSI) report by the trade union-sponsored Hans Böckler Foundation sheds light on the income losses workers have suffered in recent months.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 December 2020
Representatives of the owners and trade unions at Volkswagen unanimously agreed last week to launch an initiative to take on US manufacturer Tesla. The burden of this is to be borne by the workforce—at VW itself and in the parts supplier chain.
By Gregor Link, 19 December 2020
Conditions at German hospitals resemble those in a war. One doctor told the press that several times in the past few days “we had to decide who gets oxygen and who doesn’t.”
By Johannes Stern, 17 December 2020
The entire budget debate underscored that the ruling class sees the pandemic primarily as an opportunity to advance its policies of militarism, repression and social austerity.
Almost 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths in Germany: The criminal outcome of keeping businesses and schools open
By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2020
Despite the horrific number of deaths, all parties in the German parliament continue to put profit before lives and health.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2020
Sirens and loudspeakers at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the center of the largest US overseas military complex in the world, sounded the alarm for an incoming missile strike.
By Gregor Link, 16 December 2020
Large factories can remain open without exception even if they produce nonessential goods; parents who do not get time off from work will still be able to send their children to school.
IG Metall responds to planned closure of Daimler plant in Berlin: “The main thing is that we’re sitting at the table”
By Peter Schwarz, 15 December 2020
Production came to a standstill last week when several hundred of the 2,500 employees protested against the threatened plant shutdown.
By Marianne Arens, 14 December 2020
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the second consecutive daily record of the pandemic on Friday, with almost 30,000 new infections registered in 24 hours and almost 600 COVID-19 patients dying again in one day.
By Gregor Link, 14 December 2020
“With our pupils’ strike, we have achieved more protection against infection with a few hours of preparation than all of the measures taken by Bremen’s politicians in recent months.”
By Johannes Stern, 11 December 2020
Two weeks before Christmas, the COVID-19 pandemic is raging out of control in Europe.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2020
Nine months before the next federal election, the CDU is cozying up to the AfD. This is the issue at the heart of the government crisis in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
By Gregor Link, 10 December 2020
The Bremen school strike is part of a growing wave of resistance by students against the herd immunity policies of the European governments.
By Johannes Stern, 10 December 2020
While the infection and death figures are exploding, the German chancellor speaks out in favour of keeping schools and factories open.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 December 2020
The cockpit pilots' union, the Independent Flight Attendants Organ, and the service union Verdi are seeking to outbid each other in agreeing to social cuts.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 December 2020
More than 13 million people in Germany were afflicted by poverty in 2019, pushing the poverty rate to 15.9 percent, the highest since reunification thirty years ago.
By Elisabeth Zimmerman, 7 December 2020
At a time when the German DAX index approaches a historic high of over 13,000 points with shareholders swimming in money, tens of thousands of white-collar and blue-collar workers are paying the price for this orgy of enrichment with their jobs and livelihoods.
By Marianne Arens, 7 December 2020
At least five Amazon employees are among those currently struggling for their lives in an intensive care unit while 172 workers at a large Tönnies slaughterhouse tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 December 2020
The AfD is despised among wide layers of the population and has fallen well below 10 percent support in many opinion polls. Their influence is secured thanks above all to the established parties, and the official “left” in particular.
By Gregor Link, 5 December 2020
The decision by politicians to keep schools, day-care centres and businesses open under unsafe conditions is costing the lives of hundreds of people every day in Germany alone, who die a completely avoidable and agonizing death.
Leipzig University resorts to authoritarian methods to push through meeting with far-right Professor Jörg Baberowski
By Christoph Vandreier, 4 December 2020
The meeting was aimed at bolstering the standing of a professor whose playing down of Nazi crimes and xenophobic incitement against foreigners at universities has provoked huge protests throughout Germany.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 4 December 2020
The IG Metall trade union is playing the key role on behalf of German auto companies in the international trade war.
By Hasan Yıldırım, 3 December 2020
The unilateral opening of Varosha or Maraş in northern Cyprus and Ankara’s proposed two-state solution have intensified tensions between the European Union and Turkey.
“So that rifles shoot”: Germany’s Green Party leader Baerbock pleads for massive arms spending and new war missions
By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2020
In advance of next year’s federal elections, the Greens are spearheading the campaign for the return of German militarism.
Engels in the meat grinder
By Peter Schwarz, 2 December 2020
The attempt to cut this theoretical giant down to the size of the political needs of the Left Party assumed truly grotesque dimensions.
By Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 1 December 2020
The following statement was adopted by the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education at its meeting last Friday.
Meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education
In Germany, dozens of students, parents and teacher representatives call for school strikes and safe education
By Our reporters, 1 December 2020
On Friday evening, the network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany held its largest online meeting to date.
By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2020
Last week’s Coronavirus Summit, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the 16 heads of the state governments, demonstrated one thing: businesses, schools and day-care centres are to be kept open no matter what.
By Jan Ritter and Max Linhof, 30 November 2020
The party made clear that a future Green federal government and/or Green chancellor would continue and expand the right-wing militaristic policies espoused by the current CDU-SPD grand coalition.
Interior Minister in German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania forced to resign over ties to neo-Nazi network
By Gregor Link, 25 November 2020
Research from the TAZ daily and Der Spiegel magazine revealed in the days leading up to his resignation that Caffier bought a Glock handgun in early 2018 from the right-wing extremist Frank T.–allegedly so he could go hunting.
By Gregor Link and Philipp Frisch, 24 November 2020
Faced with mass infections at schools and a cover-up by the federal and state governments, students throughout Germany are beginning to take the protection of their health and that of their families into their own hands.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 November 2020
For many decades, every corporate decision affecting the workforce made at Marienfelde and all other Mercedes factories has been discussed beforehand with the works councils, which then develop strategies for their implementation.