By Johannes Stern, 19 September 2017
Ever since the Greens organised the first foreign combat operation by German soldiers since World War II in 1999, they have been a leading party of German militarism.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 September 2017
It is evident that, despite the attention to detail in the case of the five accused, the aim of the NSU trial was to conceal the role played by the secret services.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 September 2017
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung warned the Polish government that its western border would no longer be recognised if it continues to insist upon reparations.
By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2017
In his State of the European Union speech yesterday, the EU Commission president outlined an aggressive military and commercial agenda for post-Brexit Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 14 September 2017
The Left Party, like all of Germany’s capitalist parties, is fully integrated into German militarism and is playing a central role in the country’s return to an aggressive foreign policy.
By Verena Nees, 13 September 2017
Sahra Wagenknecht, the Left Party's leading candidate for this month's federal election, has made clear that all its talk of “opposing the right wing” is just that—empty talk.
By our reporters, 13 September 2017
The meeting was addressed by Socialist Equality Party candidate Christoph Vandreier and Julie Hyland, assistant national secretary of the SEP in Britain.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 September 2017
The military build-up has not featured in the election campaign because all parties agree that it must be massively expanded after the election.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2017
The media and political parties have long sought to keep the issues of war and militarism out of the election campaign, but reality is now catching up with them.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2017
The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union have adopted a statement endorsing “a strong state” based on “order” as the supreme principle.
By Marianne Arens, 7 September 2017
The largest evacuation in post-war German history led to many lively discussions about war and dictatorship.
By Sybille Fuchs, 6 September 2017
Two works of art dealing with the fate of refugees and exiles have become the focus of fierce attacks on this year’s documenta 14 art exhibition in the city of Kassel.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 September 2017
Like Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz in Sunday’s television debate, representatives of the smaller parties advocated a massive build-up of the domestic state apparatus.
By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2017
Merkel and Schulz agreed on virtually every issue and appealed for a crackdown on refugees, more police, and a more aggressive German and European foreign policy.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2017
The extent of surveillance and the arbitrary and unconstitutional storage of data on thousands of “left-wing political extremists” are typical characteristics of an authoritarian police state.
By our reporters, 4 September 2017
Marianne Arens, an election candidate of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), spoke at a demonstration of students in the town of Offenbach protesting against the deportation of classmates to Afghanistan.
By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2017
The Social Democrats are seeking to transform widespread opposition to US-led imperialist wars into support for German militarism.
By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 31 August 2017
The banning of the left-wing website is a fundamental attack on freedom of speech and sets a precedent for the suppression of all social and political opposition.
By Katerina Selin, 30 August 2017
A 21-year-old man from the Netherlands was sentenced to a term of two years and seven months imprisonment because he allegedly threw two empty glass bottles at a police officer.
By Sven Heymanns, 30 August 2017
Despite the serious nature of the allegations, the prosecutor's office has failed to issue a warrant for the arrest of the two accused.
By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2017
The more the SPD declines in the polls, the more it lashes out aggressively in its election campaign.
By Johannes Stern, 26 August 2017
The shutdown of linksunten.indymedia.org is the latest step in a crackdown on left-wing politics in Germany ahead of the upcoming federal election.
By Marianne Arens, 26 August 2017
According to a paper from the Federal Labour Ministry, the gap between wages and wealth has grown rapidly over the past 20 years.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 August 2017
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier used the anniversary of the Hitler-Stalin pact to threaten Russia and boost Estonian nationalism, which draws directly from the traditions of the Nazis.
By Johannes Stern, 25 August 2017
Foreign policy relations between Berlin and Ankara have reached a new low amid hysterical denunciations of the Turkish government by German politicians.
By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2017
The same politicians and media outlets that criticized Trump’s response to the fascist rampage in Charlottesville are now fully behind his escalation of war in Afghanistan.
By Johannes Stern, 23 August 2017
Retired General Hans-Lothar Domröse declared that Germany, as Europe’s biggest economic power, must possess an appropriately equipped military.
By Sven Heymanns, 23 August 2017
Two developments in recent days illustrate the extent of ultra-right thinking and activities in the German army that are supported and covered up at the highest level.
By Justus Leicht, 23 August 2017
The violence stemmed predominantly from the security forces, and many of the acts described in the official narrative were either extremely exaggerated or completely invented.
By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2017
The same German media outlets and politicians who denounce Donald Trump for his support for the extreme right defend academic Jorg Baberowski for making even more egregious statements.
By Katerina Selin, 21 August 2017
Around 1,500 demonstrators blocked a march of 700 neo-Nazis who planned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, on Saturday.
By Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017
With far right forces rising across Europe, invocations of “Western values” by the European political establishment against Trump are false and hypocritical to the core.
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 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.
By Anna Rombach, 16 August 2017
Eggs contaminated with the toxic insecticide Fipronil have now been found in many European countries and in Hong Kong.
By Wolfgang Weber, 14 August 2017
An entire edition of the leading news magazine is devoted to discussing how a Trump-style leader could be just what the German ruling class needs.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 August 2017
The German government increasingly regards the US as its most important imperialist rival and considers an open conflict with its previous ally inevitable in the long term.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 August 2017
These deals point to very sharp objective economic conflicts between the European powers and the United States that threaten to spill over into military conflict.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 August 2017
The loss of a majority in Lower Saxony is a serious setback for SPD chairman and chancellor candidate Martin Schulz.
By Christoph Vandreier, 11 August 2017
In the autumn, Internet company Facebook will open a new censorship centre employing 500 people in Essen, Germany.
By Sven Heymanns, 9 August 2017
In a guest contribution for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Professor Ralph Rotte declares that Germany’s armed forces should look to World War I for their role models.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 August 2017
For the first time since 2011, Germany will deport refugees to Greece, even though the majority of them confront homelessness and impoverishment.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2017
The sanctions against Russia adopted by a large majority in the US Congress are being interpreted in Germany as a trade war measure against Europe.
By our reporters, 7 August 2017
“We have focused on the central question facing workers in Germany and around the world: the growing danger of war,” said Ulrich Rippert, chairman of the Socialist Equality Party.
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 Sven Heymanns, 2 August 2017
In two recent articles published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the newspaper makes the case for Germany arming itself with nuclear weapons.
By Johannes Stern, 2 August 2017
Oskar Lafontaine is seeking to transform widespread opposition to US militarism into support for German and European imperialism.
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 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 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 Johannes Stern, 24 July 2017
Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a realignment in the government’s policy toward Turkey.
By Sven Heymanns, 22 July 2017
It is clear that police, leading politicians and the media systematically exaggerated the scale of what took place in Hamburg and invented a number of incidents.
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).
By Christoph Vandreier, 20 July 2017
More than 6,000 right-wing extremists, wearing shirts reading “National Socialist” and “I love HTLR,” and spouting Nazi slogans, travelled from across Europe to take part in the event.
By Christoph Vandreier, 19 July 2017
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Neitzel insists that Germany’s Armed Forces must stand in the tradition of Hitler’s Wehrmacht because they must be an “instrument of battle.”
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 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 Sven Heymann, 17 July 2017
An interview in Spiegel Online and n-tv.de reinforces the conclusion that the police and security forces used the situation in Hamburg as training for uprisings and civil war.
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 Dietmar Henning, 14 July 2017
In addition to a €500 million savings program, which involves the loss of around 4,000 jobs, the shedding of the steel sector will endanger thousands of other jobs and entire factories.
By Ulrich Rippert, 13 July 2017
Incidents of vandalism attributed to protesters on the sidelines of last weekend’s G-20 summit in Hamburg are being exploited to whip up a right-wing, law-and-order campaign throughout Germany.
By Gary Alvernia, 12 July 2017
Despite being hyped as a victory over protectionism, the FTA signals the growth of competing trade blocs and the rising danger of conflict and war.
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 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 James Cogan, 7 July 2017
The police actions appear to have been a test of their riot tactics, ahead of possible attacks on larger demonstrations.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2017
The G20 summit convenes today in Hamburg, Germany in an atmosphere of global crisis and multisided conflicts that point to the emergence of a new prewar period.
By Gustav Kemper and Verena Nees, 7 July 2017
Earlier this week, WSWS reporters spoke with workers in Hennigsdorf, near Berlin, about the decision of the rail and locomotive manufacturer Bombardier Transportation to close down production in the town.
By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2017
As Trump arrived in Poland, Xi’s state visit in Berlin highlighted growing US-EU tensions over Asia.
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 Dietmar Henning, 5 July 2017
Following the horrific fire in London, politicians and officials responsible for construction in Germany lyingly claimed that such a catastrophe could not happen here.
By Justus Leicht, 5 July 2017
The Network Enforcement Act is a major attack on freedom of expression that mandates giant Internet corporations to determine what is to be permitted.
Meeting Wednesday evening at the Technical University of Berlin
By our reporters, 5 July 2017
In a joint statement for the meeting, the participating organisations make clear that what is at stake is not a personal dispute, but fundamental political questions.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2017
Nobody should be discriminated against because of his or her sexual orientation. But the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Greens are exploiting the issue of gay marriage to mobilize support for German militarism among privileged sections of the middle class.
By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2017
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Europe and Canada are raising defence spending at the fastest pace in three years.
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 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 Johannes Stern, 24 June 2017
German troops will now be even closer to the war zones in Syria and Iraq.
By our correspondents, 24 June 2017
Representatives of the SEP outlined their election manifesto against militarism and social inequality at a meeting in Berlin.
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.
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 Peter Schwarz, 21 June 2017
Two weeks after his legal defeat in Cologne, Professor Jörg Baberowski has professed his support for Armin Mohler, a pioneer of the new right.
By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2017
Speaking at the Field Marshal Rommel Barracks on Armed Forces Day, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced that the Army would keep the name of the barracks.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 June 2017
The hymns of praise for Helmut Kohl, who served as German Chancellor from 1982 to 1998 and died Friday aged 87, have less to do with the real Kohl than with the current requirements of the ruling elite.
By Johannes Stern, 17 June 2017
Twenty five years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the conflicts between the major imperialist powers, which resulted in two world wars, are openly erupting again.
By Sven Heymanns, 16 June 2017
The implementation of the new measures will significantly expand the powers of the intelligence agencies and represent de facto moves towards the establishment of a police state.
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 Johannes Stern, 14 June 2017
The congress held by the Left Party last weekend in Hanover confirmed that this party, despite its name, has nothing in common with genuinely left or socialist politics, but instead defends capitalism.
By Johannes Stern, 13 June 2017
The Left Party wants to prevent workers and youth from breaking with the establishment parties and developing an independent movement against capitalism.
By Peter Schwarz, 10 June 2017
Former Green Party Foreign Minister Fischer lauded the speech by Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered in a Munich beer tent.
By Sven Heymanns, 9 June 2017
Police brutally attacked protesters May 31 as they sought to prevent the deportation of a student from Afghanistan studying at a training school in the city of Nuremberg.
By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 9 June 2017
The university leadership can no longer sustain the assertion that it is protecting the freedom of academic inquiry and defending a scholar “whose integrity is beyond doubt.”
By Johannes Stern, 8 June 2017
The German government has responded to deepening tensions with Turkey, nominally its NATO ally, by withdrawing its military assets from the country’s Incirlik airbase.
By Dietmar Henning, 7 June 2017
Around 500 workers conducted a three-day strike at an Amazon facility in Rheinberg in the Lower Rhine region of Germany last week.
Socialist Equality Party stands candidates in German election: Against militarism and war! For socialism!
By Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 5 June 2017
At the centre of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP) election campaign is a socialist programme directed against war and capitalism and expressing the interests of the working class and youth all over the world.
By Sonja Bach and Christoph Vandreier, 3 June 2017
The attempt of the professor from Berlin’s Humboldt University to use the courts to ban criticism of his radical right-wing views has completely failed.
By Johannes Stern, 2 June 2017
The cooperation between Berlin and Beijing on economic and foreign policy issues is bound up with fraying Transatlantic relations, a cornerstone of German foreign policy for 70 years.