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27 September 2017

Germany: Election results in political earthquake

In the end, a somewhat boring election campaign that ignored many of the issues ended in a political earthquake

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27 September 2017

German elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

For the first time in decades a racist, right nationalist party, AfD (Alternative for Germany), has entered the German parliament.

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15 September 2017

Berlin hospital strike

The nurses, midwives, medical assistants and operating department practitioners of Charité hospital in Berlin have announced a strike starting on Monday 18th September

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13 January 2016

Sexual assaults in Cologne exploited by racist establishment and far right

The shocking attacks on scores of women in Cologne, where up to 1,000 North African or 'Arab-looking' men were said to be on the rampage, brought the inevitable baying from the far right and a backlash from the establishment media and politicians.

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German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

11 February 2015

1918: When German workers entered history

Last year was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, covered by the Socialist in previous issues. But when the war ended, it was in a wave of revolution, most notably in Russia in 1917, but also Germany in 1918

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14 January 2015

Germany: what is behind Pegida?

In recent weeks Germany has seen growing demonstrations in favour and against Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West), writes Wolfram Klein, Socialist Alternative (SAV, CWI in Germany).

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14 January 2013

The United Front today & the Left in Germany

Despite the constant intoning of support for the 'united front' tactic, the Socialist Workers Party has misapplied this idea and burnt its fingers...

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13 September 2011

Support striking hospital workers in Berlin

Charité Facility Management (CFM) workers in Germany's capital Berlin started a strike on Monday 12th September. Their main demand is to win a collective bargaining agreement...

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1 May 2011

Berlin, Germany - Charité hospital workers to strike on 2nd May

Members of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI) in SAV - Sozialistische Alternative - are supporting a struggle by workers at the largest university teaching hospital in Berlin - Charité...

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30 September 2009

New right wing government, but success for the Left Party in Germany

The general election in Germany on 27 September has seen the end of the conservative 'grand coalition' of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democrat Party (SDP), writes Sascha Stanicic SAV (CWI in Germany) Berlin.

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6 May 2009

CWI Germany calls for a one-day strike

May Day in Germany saw more than 400 local trade union rallies but also a number of big anti-fascist mobilisations against Nazi marches, and some far left 'revolutionary' demonstrations, writes Sascha Stanicic.

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28 January 2009

Germany 1919 The Spartacist uprising

Historical feature: NINETY YEARS ago this month the German workers rose in the 'Spartacist uprising' - a turning point in the German revolution of 1917-1923 which led to the tragic deaths of revolutionary socialist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht...

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19 November 2008

First ever all-Germany school students' strike

One hundred thousand school students went on strike on Wednesday 12 November. This was the first ever national school students' strike in Germany. The largest was in Braunschweig (Brunswick) with 10,500...

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5 November 2008

1918 revolution: When German workers entered the stage of history

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers

German revolutionary socialist Karl Liebknecht addresses a mass workers' demonstration

The 90th anniversary of the November 1918 German revolution comes at a significant time. The current economic convulsions of world capitalism are recognised by some as "the greatest loss of wealth in history".

PETER TAAFFE, in the first of two articles written for The Socialist, comments on the momentous events of 1918 in Germany.

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19 March 2008

One law for them, another law for us

I am sure many Socialist readers have noticed how the government will go to great lengths to investigate and prosecute trade unionists and socialists, at the behest of powerful capitalists...

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12 March 2008

New period of workers' militancy in Germany

A WAVE of industrial unrest has swept across Germany in recent weeks - affecting hospitals, local councils, airports, childcare facilities and public transport...

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19 July 2007

Living in the GDR: Balancing between two different worlds

Sonja Grossner joined the Socialist Party last year. She is the daughter of two German socialist and anti-Nazi fighters. She was born in England in 1942...

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8 June 2006

Right wing fail to stop Berlin WASG

THE LAST two days have seen legal decisions that have cleared the way for the clearly anti-neoliberal Berlin WASG (Election Alternative for Work and Social Justice) to stand in the city's 17 September regional election, writes Robert Bechert, CWI, Berlin.

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18 May 2006

Ailing German capitalism slashes workers' wages and conditions

WHEN THE Socialist Party's general secretary Peter Taaffe visited Berlin last month to speak at the very successful Socialism Days meeting, he found a marked difference - evident in the conditions of the city's poor in particular - from the situation when he last visited a few years ago...

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18 May 2006

Germany: WASG rebels suspended

IN AN unprecedented but not unexpected act, the national executive of Germany's new left party, WASG (Election alternative - work and social justice), suspended the regional executives in the federal states of Berlin and Mecklenburg Vorpommern, writes Tanja Niemeier, Committee for a Workers' International.

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