Angela Merkel

Global Perspectives: Crisis and Class Struggle

In March, 2018, delegations from 16 different countries met in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 11th Conference of the Trotskyist Fraction for the Fourth International (FT). This is the fourth and final part of the Document on the International Situation.

The Established Parties Can’t Stop the Shift to the Right

This Sunday, 61.5 million people in Germany are called on to elect a new parliament. A greater share of the population than ever before, however, lacks the basic democratic right to vote for the Bundestag as Germany’s “blood and soil” citizenship laws even exclude people who grew up in the country. In the capital alone, almost half a million adults are denied the right to vote.

German Government Shuts Down Indymedia

Despite the claims of freedom of speech, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior prohibited the left-wing news platform Indymedia Linksunten.

VIDEO: Live From the G20 Summit

The anti-G-20 march entitled “Welcome to Hell” was organized by various anti-capitalist groups, leftists and social movements across Europe. They began on Thursday and have continued today, the first day of the G-20 meeting of major world leaders.

Refugees: The End of the German Illusion

Trump’s anti-immigrant executive order and refugee ban were harshly condemned by the German Chancellor. Several media outlets present Merkel as the last democratic hope of the West. But how have the refugees who arrived in Germany fared? And what of those who attempted to enter the European nation and now languish in Turkish camps? Was the acceptance of refugees by Germany driven by humanitarian ideals or by economic interests and the need to preserve the integrity of capitalist Europe? In this article, we present an assessment of 2016 and German policy in relation to the refugee crisis.

German Coalition Party Conferences Confirm their Anti-Humanitarian Course

Last week, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) held their party conferences. The chairpersons of both parties, Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) and Angela Merkel (CDU) brought their parties back on course. Despite weak polling numbers, the Grand Coalition ends the year intact, though the latent crisis of the regime is far from over.

Nothing to celebrate, but much to fight for

This past week marked twenty-five years since the territory of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), also known as East Germany, was incorporated into the West German Federal Republic. The period of capitalist and “reunified” Germany had begun.