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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2016

International news in brief

Sozialistische Alternative's 'Socialism Days' in Germany, 2016, photo by Sozialistische Alternative (CWI Germany)

Sozialistische Alternative's 'Socialism Days' in Germany, 2016, photo by Sozialistische Alternative (CWI Germany)   (Click to enlarge)

420 attend 'Socialism Days' in Germany

Against a background of growing polarisation and unease in Germany 420 people from eleven countries were in Berlin for Sozialistische Alternative's (SAV - sister section of the Socialist Party in Germany) 'congress against war, racism and capitalism'. New young members in particular put their stamp on the three rallies, 30 workshops and more. A special collection raised 2,000 for Xekinima (CWI Greece) and Socyalist Alternatif (CWI Turkey). 100 year-old Theodor Bergmann, who has been fighting against fascism, Stalinism and capitalism for almost 90 years, received a standing ovation. Frankfurt taxi driver Alexander said, "Wow! Full of energy and ideas."


Belgium: Anti-racists arrested while far right demonstrates

Eleven members of Linkse Socialistische Partij/Parti Socialiste de Lutte (CWI in Belgium) were arrested on 2 April. The previous weekend 400 hooligans led by far-right fascists were escorted by police to disrupt mourners of the Brussells terrorist attacks. This time hundreds of anti-racists turned out to guarantee the far right were opposed, but the police arrested dozens of anti-fascists, including members of LSP/PSL. See 'Scandal in Brussels' at www.socialistworld.net

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In The Socialist 6 April 2016:


Steel crisis

Workers' action to nationalise steel

Tata steel: Act now - fight for nationalisation

My hometown lost its soul when the steelworks closed

Bosses' and union tops' "agenda of misery"


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Save Pent Valley school demo demands a council u-turn

Butterfields tenants and supporters 'walk the walk'

London Labour councils purge housing waiting lists

Fighting fund target smashed, again!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Panama Papers: they're all in it together!

Getting the anti-austerity struggle onto the ballot paper

TUSC in 'surprise bid' for official exit lead

TUSC councillor calls on trust to reject new junior doctors contract

EU begins deporting refugees

Them & Us

NHS facilities to start paying market rents

Uber and Facebook tax dodge scandal


International socialist news and analysis

Sanders campaign: build a new party of the 99%!

International news in brief


Workplace news and analysis

Northern Powerhouse or Northern poorhouse?

Land Registry workers ready to fight privatisation

Workers and campaigners fight to save library

RMT protests against new Northern Rail franchise

Workplace news in brief


Socialist readers' comments

Homelessness holding kids back, says teacher

Stop divisive attacks on pensioners' cash

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