By Peter Schwarz, 19 June 2013
Behind the carefully maintained façade, the German-American relationship is far from harmonious.
17 June 2013
The Socialist Equality Party in Germany has now placed its general election campaign web site online.
By Konrad Kreft, 15 June 2013
A recent report dealing with the Love Parade music festival disaster of July 24, 2010 further incriminates the festival organisers and their political backers.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2013
The more the SPD tries to improve its electoral chances, the clearer it becomes that it supports the current government’s right-wing policies.
14 June 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (PSG) is putting up candidates for the parliamentary elections and for the state election in Hesse, scheduled for September 22, 2013.
By our correspondents, 10 June 2013
The regional government in the state of Hesse mounted a massive police operation against the final day of demonstrations by “Blockupy.”
By Clara Weiss, 10 June 2013
German trade unions are actively involved in providing Mercedes-Benz with low-paid workers from temporary work agencies.
By Markus Salzmann, 8 June 2013
In the next five years, 75,000 jobs are to be eliminated at car parts suppliers in western Europe.
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 June 2013
Recent press and TV reports have exposed the German government’s role in targeted killings involving US combat drones.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2013
Hans Modrow, chair of the Left Party’s council of elders, has pledged his unreserved support for the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the government it hopes to lead.
By Franz Schobert and Carola Kleinert, 29 May 2013
Verdi and the Municipal Employers’ Association (CAV) reached a deal last week for the 13,000 workers at Berlin’s transport company BVG.
By Marianne Arens, 28 May 2013
The Offenbach town council has sold the municipally owned clinic to the Sana corporation for the symbolic price of one euro.
By our correspondents, 28 May 2013
The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit is currently collecting signatures at job centres, in factories and in working class communities to be able to participate in the federal elections in September.
By Johannes Stern, 27 May 2013
The Left Party has worked closely with other bourgeois parties and the security services to defend the bourgeois state from the escalating neo-Nazi NSU scandal.
By Michael Regens, 25 May 2013
The Verdi trade union is aiding German businesses like Amazon.de to exploit foreign workers on temporary work contracts.
By Marianne Arens, 25 May 2013
In the course of campaigning for ballot status for the September general election, reporters interviewed workers in Rüsselsheim for the World Socialist Web Site.
By Dietmar Henning, 24 May 2013
The chairman of the works council at the GM-Opel factory in Bochum called a meeting at the plant gate which halted production for several hours following the recent confirmation by management that it planned to close the plant.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2013
The ceremony in Leipzig is completely directed towards the ruling elite, with the SPD eager to confirm that it will faithfully represent its interests at a time of crisis.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 22 May 2013
ThyssenKrupp CEO Heinrich Hiesinger announced the axing of a further 3,000 jobs worldwide.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 May 2013
The federal prosecutor and judges in the neo-Nazi NSU trial want to limit further revelations about state involvement in the group’s series of murders.
By Anna Rombach, 20 May 2013
The Bulgarian parliamentary elections of May 12 have exposed the deep divide between the population and the country's political elite.
By Johannes Stern, 20 May 2013
In a joint foreign policy statement of all parliamentary parties, the Left Party supports the expansion of German militarism.
By Dietmar Henning, 18 May 2013
The IG Metall has signed a contract which excludes short-term workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 May 2013
The effort in the NSU trial to ignore the role of the German secret service and other state agencies makes clear that the object of the proceeding is to cover up rather than reveal the truth.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 15 May 2013
Earlier this month, German authorities arrested 93-year-old Hans Lipschis, a former guard at the Nazi extermination camp in Auschwitz.
A socialist program against social cuts and unemployment in Europe
15 May 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) is running candidates in the September 22 general election in Germany.
By our correspondents, 11 May 2013
GM Opel workers are incensed over the betrayal carried out by the IG Metall trade union.
By Christoph Dreier, 11 May 2013
The founder and former chair of the Left Party, Oskar Lafontaine, is proposing the reintroduction of national currencies to drive down wages.
By Johannes Stern, 11 May 2013
The congress of the Marx 21 group taking place this weekend in Berlin is a shabby operation aimed at promoting right-wing and imperialist policies under a pseudo-left garb.
By Ernst Wolff, 9 May 2013
Verdi union negotiators have approved the setting up of three low-cost subsidiaries at Lufthansa, the largest European airline, paying up to 30 percent lower wages.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2013
The federal prosecutor and judges in the neo-Nazi NSU trial want to limit further revelations about state involvement in the group’s murders.
By Ernst Wolff, 7 May 2013
Following strikes by its Lufthansa members, Verdi has capitulated to management.
By Sven Heymann, 6 May 2013
The visit to Washington by the German ministers last week heralds a significant intensification of German militarism and domestic repression.
By Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2013
The central issue at the Green Party congress last weekend was promoting a coalition with the German Social Democratic Party.
By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2013
The Left Party and Marx 21 call for the “Icelandic Model”—which has plunged a large part of Iceland’s population into poverty—to be extended throughout Europe.
By Sven Heymann, 1 May 2013
New evidence relating to neo-Nazi murders exposes the criminal involvement of Germany’s state and federal intelligence agencies.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 April 2013
The Maoist “Marxist–Leninist Party of Germany” (MLPD) has leapt to the side of the union bureaucracy to prevent a rebellion against the IG Metall trade union.
By Johannes Stern, 27 April 2013
Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the court has legitimised an expansion of the powers of the police and intelligence agencies to spy on the population.
By Martin Nowak, 26 April 2013
The state prosecutor in Dresden is systematically targeting opponents of Nazi groups, in a region that is one of the centres of right-wing extremism in Germany.
By Johannes Stern, 25 April 2013
On April 18, German ministers announced that at least 800 soldiers would be kept in Afghanistan beyond the official date for the withdrawal of NATO combat troops.
By Ute Reissner, 25 April 2013
Some 8,000 teachers were called out on a one-day protest strike in Berlin on Tuesday.
By Ernst Wolff, 24 April 2013
A strike by Lufthansa ground crew on Monday led to the cancellation of flights at airports across Germany.
By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2013
Commentaries in the media and by leading political figures on the events in Boston throw a spotlight on the undemocratic character of the German ruling elite.
By Johannes Stern, 23 April 2013
The Left Party has responded to the intensification of imperialist intervention in Syria by working more openly with right-wing Islamist forces and US imperialism.
By Ulrich Rippert, 20 April 2013
The supervisory board of GM-Opel officially decided on Wednesday to close its plant in Bochum.
By Dietmar Henning, 19 April 2013
The closure of Opel’s factory in Bochum is central to GM’s strategy and a prelude to a fundamental restructuring of its European operations.
By Hendrik Paul, 19 April 2013
The Left Party has endorsed constitutional amendments that will commit federal and state governments to brutal austerity policies.
By Sven Heymann, 19 April 2013
The deferment of the trial of the National Socialist Underground is an affront to the families of the victims of the neo-Nazi murder gang.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2013
The emergence of a right-wing, anti-euro party in Germany is the logical consequence of Berlin’s European policy, which has the full support of the bourgeois “left.”
By Christoph Dreier, 18 April 2013
The Social Democratic Party Augsburg conference sent a clear message that the party agrees with the Merkel government’s austerity policy.
By Ulrich Rippert, 17 April 2013
The Alternative for Germany is an attempt to deflect growing resistance to the anti-social policies of the EU into right-wing nationalist channels.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 17 April 2013
Siemens plans to cut 4,000 jobs in its industrial sector worldwide in order to save 1.1 billion euros by 2014.
By Ernst Wolff, 16 April 2013
Protesting students in Berlin prevented Germany’s Defence Minister Thomas from delivering a lecture.
By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2013
The relationship between Moscow and Berlin is characterized simultaneously by growing economic cooperation and increasing political tensions.
By Johann Müller, 11 April 2013
Revisions to the German Telecommunication Act legalise the monitoring of private data stored on mobile phones and in the Internet.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 April 2013
A Bonn court recently opened proceedings in a case brought by two survivors of a NATO air strike near Kunduz, Afghanistan.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 April 2013
At rallies in North Rhine-Westphalia, Pirate Party flags could be seen prominently alongside posters of the far-right Pro NRW.
By Dietmar Henning, 30 March 2013
The executive of the IG Metall trade union unanimously voted in Frankfurt-Main in favor of the so-called “Opel Master Contract”, sealing the closure of the GM-Opel factory in Bochum.
By Hendrik Paul, 27 March 2013
The deputy leader of the Left Party’s parliamentary group praised the Agenda 2010 social cuts made by the former Social Democratic Party-Green Party coalition government.
By Sven Heymann, 26 March 2013
Media reports reveal that the Bundeswehr has killed several “insurgents” with the use of a US drone.
By Dietmar Henning, 23 March 2013
At two staff meetings on Thursday, workers at the Opel plant in Bochum voted by a large majority (76.1 percent) against the so-called “master contract”.
By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2013
Former Left Party chairman Oskar Lafontaine has warned his party to maintain a certain critical distance from the Social Democratic Party and the Greens in the run-up to this year’s federal election.
By Ernst Wolff, 22 March 2013
German defence minister Thomas de Maizière made a surprise trip to Mali last weekend.
By Johannes Stern, 21 March 2013
The German Left Party is holding public meetings with top German intelligence officials in the wake of the NSU neo-Nazi scandal.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 20 March 2013
Gerhard Cromme announced his resignation March 8 as chair of the Supervisory Board of ThyssenKrupp AG.
At mass meeting in Rüsselsheim
By our correspondent, 20 March 2013
Workers spoke of an atmosphere of intimidation at recent IG Metall meetings to discuss the future of GM-Opel.
By Sven Heymann, 19 March 2013
The report exposes how the police and secret service directly aided the extreme right in Thuringia.
63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 8
By Bernd Reinhardt, 18 March 2013
One of the documentaries examines the former East German sports programme and the other the terrible consequences of the 1957 nuclear accident near Kyshtym in the USSR.
By Markus Salzmann and K. Nesan, 16 March 2013
The conference had one main goal: strengthening the trade union apparatus suppress the growing opposition among workers to the massive attacks on wages and jobs.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 March 2013
The Social Democratic Party is proposing to wipe out what remains of the European welfare state in the name of international competitiveness.
Statement by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany (PSG) and the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site
15 March 2013
The agreement reached between GM-Opel management, IG Metall and the joint works council is aimed at pitting workers at different plants against each other and carrying out the closure of the Bochum factory.
By K. Nesan, 13 March 2013
A fire in southern Germany on Sunday claimed the lives of eight members of a Turkish family.
63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 7
“The Weimar Touch”: An interview with Rainer Rother, director of the 2013 Berlin film festival’s retrospective
By Stefan Steinberg and Berndt Reinhardt, 13 March 2013
WSWS reporters spoke recently to the head of the Deutsche Kinemathek (German Cinematheque) and the curator of this year’s Berlin film festival retrospective on German films of the Weimar era (1919-1933).
By Ernst Wolff and Johannes Stern, 12 March 2013
Workers protested in Berlin after the Swedish energy firm Vattenfall announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs by the end of 2014.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 11 March 2013
Last week, Hans-Peter Friedrich denounced immigrants from Eastern Europe, stoking up resentment against alleged "benefit tourism" from other EU states.
By Sven Heymanns and Johannes Stern, 7 March 2013
The German Trade Union Federation is publicly backing the increasingly aggressive role of the German army.
By our correspondent, 6 March 2013
Last Sunday, the IG Metall union and works council held a so-called “solidarity festival” for workers at the Opel Bochum plant, which is facing closure.
63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
By Stefan Steinberg:, 6 March 2013
The latest film by Haitian-born director Raoul Peck focuses on the aid operation organised by the US and Western powers in the wake of the deadly earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010.
By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2013
The aim of the mission is to stabilise the Malian army and support the combat mission by French troops in the country.
63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
By Bernd Reinhardt, 4 March 2013
The film depicts the futile struggle of a small farmer in the Russian provinces against corrupt local authorities.
4 March 2013
New York City school bus drivers and escorts decided to set up a rank-and-file committee after the betrayal of their month-long strike .
By Hendrick Paul, 2 March 2013
Leading Left Party figures have stated their readiness to support the Social Democratic Party's right-wing candidate Pier Steinbrück.
By Dietmar Henning, 1 March 2013
In the next week, the IG Metall, the works council and management at Opel want to seal the final closure of the Bochum Opel plant. Opel workers must not let this happen.
63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
By Stefan Steinberg, 1 March 2013
The veteran British filmmaker’s new documentary deals with the nationalisation of sections of industry carried out by the Labour government following the Second World War.
63rd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
By Francisca Vier, 27 February 2013
The Plague (La Plaga) from Spain, directed by Neus Ballús, was one of the most satisfying films at the 63rd Berlinale.
By Ulrich Rippert, 26 February 2013
The following statement from the Socialist Equality Party (PSG) in Germany is being distributed to auto workers at the GM-Opel plant in Bochum who are facing the shutdown of their factory.
By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2013
Germany has more than doubled its arms exports to the reactionary Arab Gulf monarchies.
By Sybille Fuchs, 25 February 2013
Targeted are the child allowance, health insurance, parental benefits, pension benefits, and funding to help with housing and education.
By Wolfgang Weber, 22 February 2013
According to the terms of the mandate, 180 armed soldiers are to be deployed to Mali as part of a European Union “training mission”.
By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2013
Germany is making intensive preparations to wage new wars to secure resources.
By Emma Bode, 21 February 2013
On February 14, a squad of police forcibly evicted a family of five from their home in Berlin.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2013
The Resource Alliance, tasked with securing raw materials for its shareholders and corporate members, is calling for the use of military force.
By our correspondent, 20 February 2013
German unions are seeking to defuse anger and prevent united action by teachers.
By Christoph Dreier, 19 February 2013
The Socialist Alternative group is aiding IG Metall by attempting to sow illusions that the union can be transformed into a fighting organisation.
By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 15 February 2013
ThyssenKrupp can rely on the full support of the union IG Metall in its jobs massacre.
By Sybille Fuchs, 14 February 2013
A recent report provides a shocking exposure of the contempt shown by local authorities and church institutions in Dortmund for workers from southeast Europe.
By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013
Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.
By Ernst Wolff, 11 February 2013
The closure of the Itzehoe printing plant in the summer of 2014 will cost 680 permanent employees their jobs, as well as those of 20 trainees and 300 contract workers.